UN Expert Committee outline the future trends in digital mapping

A new report setting out the five to ten year vision of the rapidly growing
geospatial information industry has been published by the United Nations
Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

The report titled, ‘Future Trends in geospatial information management: the
five to ten year vision’, is the second edition of the international report,
following on from its first publication in 2011. This visionary report
presents the thoughts of leaders in the geospatial world as to the future
developments in mapping and surveying over the next decade. The 2016 report
has been produced with expert insight and thoughts from 30 contributing UN
member states and observer states, seven international organisations and 17
international companies/academics.

The report takes a global strategic view of geospatial, technological and
societal trends that are likely to impact the geospatial sector in the next
five to ten years. The new trends included within the report are: Smart
Cities and the Internet of Things; Artificial Intelligence and Big Data;
Indoor positioning and mapping; integrating statistical and geospatial
information. The second edition of the report also recognises the increasing
role that geospatial information will play as part of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development.

The main aim of the UN-GGIM work has been to highlight the significance of
geospatial and location information to policy and decision makers in
governments across the globe; and the new document brings together thoughts
on trends from many different governments and international organisations.
The 2016 report aims to demonstrate to all countries and all governments
that location matters, that geospatial information is an essential building
block for a country, and city, and that investment in geospatial information
will generate returns beyond this investment.


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