Hosted by Cartagena, Colombia
Fifth Conference of Global Spatial Data Infrastructure
More than 250 participants from 49 nations attended the Fifth Conference of Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI 5) in Cartagena, Colombia, May 22-24, 2001. Organized under the theme "Sustainable Development: GSDI for Improved Decision-Making," the event was an exciting and informative opportunity for geodata producers and spatial data infrastructure (SDI) technology developers to share their thoughts and projects with decision makers from public and private sectors. The Colombian government took a leading role with GSDI through its national mapping agency, Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC).
The President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana, sent a message to the conference, saying, "The Government of Colombia is pleased and takes utmost interest in, through the Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute, the responsibility for the coordination of GSDI activities during the 2001-2002 period, a decision that we understand is a recognition for all our country's efforts in this field, both at the local and international levels."
GSDI 5 highlights included the following:
GSDI 6 will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2002. The event will be organized by EUROGI and the Hungarian National Geographic Information Association (HunGAI) under the responsibility of Gabor Remetei. The conference theme will be "From Global to Local" and will incorporate the ninth meeting of the ISCGM and, most likely, the Plenary Assembly of EUROGI.
The set of resolutions and papers submitted to GSDI 5 is available on the Web ( at www.gsdi.org). For more information, contact Dora InÚs Rey (tel.: 571-3681057, fax: 571-3680950, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: codazzi4.igac.gov.co/gsdi5).