Our sustainable future, empowered by the geospatial ecosystem


Project the value, enhance adoption, evolve understanding of geospatial knowledge for social, economic and environmental development in the Digital Age

The ‘Geospatial Way’ is the future. It is the most efficient and effective way to collect, process, integrate and utilize information for overall global, national and individual development. Geospatial Knowledge is the result, enabling us to identify, contextualize and understand the many challenges and opportunities facing society within a geographic context. However, realizing the potential of this future state, particularly for developing countries, requires three key enablers – partnerships, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

With the objective to project the value proposition of Geospatial Knowledge​, forecast its relevance and connectivity with fundamentals of next generation economy and society​ and to redefine the role of stakeholders: government, industry and civil society​, the campaign on Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy, Society and Environment was launched in January 2020. This is a three-year long project, looking at assessment in a broader frame for the first year, detailed strategy development in the second year and transformation in the third year.


  • Projecting value proposition of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Forecasting its relevance and connectivity with fundamentals of next generation economy and society
  • Evolving collaborative business and functional models
  • Redefining the role of stakeholders: Government, industry and civil society
  • Developing national, regional and global strategies

Key Deliverables

  • Assessment of the prospective roles of geospatial knowledge in global society and economy
  • Advocate, communicate and promote the value and utility of geospatial knowledge infrastructure and enabling technologies for sustainable development
  • Based upon the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, enhance global understanding of the methods, guidelines, architectures and policy frameworks for the adoption, utilisation and benefits of geospatial knowledge infrastructure
  • Facilitate collaborative knowledge exchange and engagement to support the development of partnership models for innovative geospatial knowledge infrastructures
  • Enhance human resource capacities by developing and delivering training courses and material

Activities planned 2020

In-Country Roundtables

A select set of 20 countries will be chosen by the partners to hold in-country roundtable meetings with the geospatial ecosystem stakeholders to deep dive into understanding the contexts and readiness for supporting a geospatial knowledge infrastructure. Discussions will revolve around current geospatial data infrastructure, policies, institutional capacities, industrial capacity and user capacity. The roundtable meetings will also explore various possible partnership networks, including government to government, government to private, government to multilateral and private to multilateral agencies.

Apart from the roundtable meetings, the team will also have several other one-on-one meetings as part of the primary inputs for the final report.


Training course on Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy, Society and Environment will be held at a global scale.


  • To understand the benefits/need for transformation
  • Understand need and components Integrated Geospatial Strategies and Policies
  • Know Innovative approaches and partnership models
  • Improve understanding of Integrated Geospatial Information Framework
  • Better able to communicate value of Geospatial Knowledge
  • Understand on how an up-to-date geospatial knowledge platform would help cater for improved socio-economic growth of the nation

Target Audience

  • National Mapping
  • Earth Observation/Space
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Land and Cadastre
  • Geological Agencies
  • Hydrographic Survey

Tentative Topics

  • Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI)
  • Benefits, Communication and Stakeholder Participation
  • Integrated Geospatial Policy Framework
  • Positioning Infrastructure
  • Data Acquisition and Management Infrastructure
  • Standards for Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Managing Transformation
  • Partnerships and Business Models
  • National Inter-Agency, Regional and Global Cooperation
  • Geospatial Knowledge through Innovation Investment
  • Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure – Integrating new technologies with national priorities
  • Developing a National Geospatial Strategy and Action Plan

Panel on PPP

Mapping/Geospatial agencies have traditionally worked in-house or through specific project contracts to deliver mapping, data and data services. Increasingly geospatial data and its derived geospatial knowledge are core to many aspects of digital society, and single agencies cannot deliver efficiently or effectively on their own. Indeed they may not survive on their own and need to find new business models and partnerships, including those that allow transformation in outputs in resource constrained environments.


  • Understand a range of current business models being employed by mapping and geospatial agencies and their applicability to individual nations.
  • Understand a continuum of public-private partnership models applicable to this sector and the potential benefits and risks of these models.
  • Awareness of opportunities for co-creation of geospatial data and knowledge services.

Key Topics

  • Definitions with a proposed continuum of PPP models that can be populated with Global examples
  • Context (SWOT) with respect to the models or examples enumerated above
  • Scope and Opportunities to co-create within existing models and emerging opportunities based on what the community knows
  • Development of a readiness or maturity model for subsequent use to analyse countries


A state-of-the-art showcase on Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure will be displayed at GeoSmart India 2020. The display will highlight the concept of Geospatial Knowledge, its relationship with the 4th Industrial Age technologies, including Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics etc. All partners will contribute case studies and good practices revolving around various themes and aspects of GKI highlighting the social, economic and environmental impact of GKI. The aim of the showcase will be to communicate a wholistic vision of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure to the larger community, which stimulates innovation around and adoption of GKI.

2020 Report

The final output of the campaign will be a report detailing GKI as a concept:

  • Define GKI and its value proposition
  • Forecast its relevance and connectivity with fundamentals of next generation society
  • Assess the gap areas and develop a Maturity Model
  • Highlight the need for transformation and prescriptive models of transformation
  • Understand the current geospatial readiness of the country
  • Highlight the evolving collaboration and business models

Resource Materials

Program committee members

John Kedar

Strategic Advisor- Geospatial Infrastructure
Geospatial Media and Communications

Greg Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor
United Nations

Anamika Das

Vice President – Professional Geospatial Market
Geospatial Media and Communications

Megha Datta

Director – Global Development Agenda
Geospatial Media and Communications

Rob van de Velde

The Netherlands

François ROBIDA

Deputy Head of Division
Information Systems and Technologies
French Geological Survey (BRGM)

Boon Khai Tan

Chief Executive
Singapore Land Authority

Basanta Shreshtha

Director of Strategic Cooperation
International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Dr Derek Clarke

World Geospatial Industry Council

Francesco Pignatelli

Program Manager
Digital Earth and Reference Data
Joint Research Centre

Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse FRGS FSSSI

Executive Director – Strategic Consulting & International Relations
Spatial Vision

Albert H. Anoubon Momo

Vice President & Executive Director
Emerging Market and Funded Projects
Trimble, USA

Rolando Ocampo Alcantar

Statistics Division
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
United Nations

Carl D. Shapiro

Ph.D., Director
Science and Decisions Center
U.S. Geological Survey

Amit Mukherjee

Assistant Professor
International Strategic and Security Studies Programme School of Conflict and Security Studies
National Institute of Advanced Studies


Project By




Anamika Das

Vice President