Home' Position : Position 90 Aug-Spt 2017 Contents networking via Academic Institutes, and
within professional organisations.
• Academic Institute matching –
established institutions partnering/
aligning with emerging/developing
• Land Surveyors age profile is ‘50 plus’ –
No succession planning.
• Legislative problems (lack of
• Lack of government funding/resourcing
for geospatial activities.
• Similar problems/challenges being
• Some nations only have Diploma
levels in surveying so can other
Academic Institutions provide
assistance/a pathway to allow students
to progress to a Degree level ?– How
to do this? Providing access to other
academic networks; collaboration and
connectivity is the key.
• Some countries just want more
specialised workshops. They know
the theory but want implementation
assistance - operational GNSS CORS
training; reference frame derivation etc.
• What are other ways of learning/
building capacity besides workshops?
Need a more sustainable model.
How can the information from these
seminars be used again and again?
• Surveying becoming a diluted voice!
Need to be unified.
• To build a framework/pathway and
avoid duplication of efforts there
needs to be more collaboration
and communication within FIG
Commissions and Networks;
including UN agencies such as GGIM,
GGRF Geodesy Education, training
and Capacity Development Sub-
Committee, Academic Networks,
Private Sector Network.
Actions for FIG Asia Pacific Capacity
• Create a skills/knowledge/contact
details matrix for professional and
• Circulate a summary of challenges from
meeting and power point presentation.
• Delegates are encourage to review the
documents/meetings at http://ggim.
you will find useful information about
why global geospatial information is
• Update CORE membership list on
• Engage more with like-minded groups
within FIG and UN.
This FIG report was prepared by
Robert Sarib, the present FIG Chair of
the Asia Pacific Capacity Development
Gaby van Wyk
Recent activities of the Spatial Information and
In this edition I would like to
commemorate the International
Map Year that just finished and
was celebrated over the last 18
months in around 40 countries by
arranging National Map Days and/
or holding other memorable events.
Due to the overwhelming response the
International Cartographic Association
(ICA) is now determining if the Map
Year concept could be continued by
creating an Annual Map day, which
could be in April or May. The intent will
be announced at the 2017 International
Cartographic Conference (ICC) in July
in Washington and then declared at the
ICA General Assembly at the 2019 ICC in
Tokyo. I would hereby like to say thank
you and well done for the all your effort.
In this spirit I would like to remember
that some early maps are thousands of
years old like the cave paintings that
were found in the Lascaux Caves in
France (see figure). They represent an
artistic representation of the Taurus (the
Pleiades and Hyades shown around an
Auroch) star constellation. It wasn’t
possible to directly represent the stars
by copying them, so it was either done
from memory or through some portable
means. This could explain how the
artwork might not match the stars
precisely. For more information please see
The Aboriginal Song lines, also called
dreaming tracks, are a way to navigate
along vast distances which range from
a few kilometres to a few hundred
kilometres across Australia by repeating
the words of the song, which describe
the location of landmarks, waterholes,
and other natural phenomena by singing
the songs in the appropriate sequence.
Australia is derived of an extensive
system of song lines which ranges
from a few kilometres to hundreds of
kilometres and pass through lands of
many different indigenous peoples who
speak different languages and have
different cultural traditions.
If you are as passionate about maps
and would like to serve the members
and be part of the committee, there are
still positions open for ACT, NT and one
for Tasmania. So if you are from those
regions and interested in helping to
shape the direction of the Commission,
I'd look forward to hearing from you.
In the moment we are reinvigorating
the GISP-AP Certification Panel.
Watch this space for an update in the
Happy Map Day
Spatial Information and Cartography
Trois-Freres cave painting compared to a modern star chart. The Taurus, Pleaides
and Orion constellations are all depicted. The artwork dates back to 13,000 BC.
SSSI sustaining partners
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