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Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit – the 4th industrial revolution

Why is there a need for Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure?

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and associated technology like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, advanced robotics, miniaturization, etc. are driving new behaviors, collaborations, and policies, thereby leading to unprecedented social changes. The digital ecosystem is evolving by integrating varied data sources, including real-time data, improved analytical capabilities, and by moving from data to knowledge services to solve real-world challenges. The evolving digital ecosystem challenges the geospatial sector to transition into the 4IR era, and raises the need for a next-generation geospatial infrastructure that embraces automation, dynamicity, and real-time delivery of knowledge through integration with AI, IoT, Big Data, 5G, etc. 

What does Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure entail?

Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) aims to provide the critical geospatial component to knowledge and automation, and thereby position geospatial, a general-purpose technology, at the heart of 4IR and knowledge economy. It encompasses data, technology, policy, and people, to ensure the smooth provision and use of geospatial intelligence and knowledge to the broader ecosystem – inclusive of businesses, governments, consumers, and citizens. GKI strives to ensure geospatial is everyone’s business, by developing a next-generation interconnected platform wherein geospatial data from different disciplines, formats, and organizations are integrated in an organized and usable manner thereby developing a geospatial-enabled decision-support system for governments, businesses, consumers, and citizens. The adoption of GKI will lead to a transition from data and supply-centric, centralized geospatial platforms to analytics and demand-centric distributed cloud-based system with a focus on knowledge provision, to make geospatial knowledge accessible to spatial and non-spatial users. Driven by users, GKI will lead to a broad, collaborative, connected, and innovative geospatial sector focused on users’ future needs, cooperating and disrupting to meet them. 

How to transition to a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure?

The transition to GKI will be guided by the following 6 underpinning elements:

  • Geospatial dimension to the data ecosystem
  • Foundation data infrastructure
  • Integrated policy framework
  • Industry ecosystem
  • Applications, analytics, and modeling
  • Partnerships and collaborations

The elements are further divided into sub-components which will guide nations in making the transition to GKI. To make GKI a reality, the geospatial stakeholder ecosystem has to transform across these elements and sub-components and embrace new business models, along with the development of standards and interoperable systems. The end goal of GKI is to build a sustainable world where everyone and the environment benefit from geospatial knowledge. Click here to learn more about GKI and the activities planned to achieve it. 

Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit – identify and understand approaches to transition to GKI

Explore the ways to make geospatial knowledge a reality and discuss innovative approaches to use geospatial knowledge to improve decision-making for solving global challenges at the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit – a virtual two-day intensive program on 24 and 25 February 2021, from 07:00 to 11:00 (EST). At the summit, stakeholders from diverse backgrounds including National Mapping Agencies, 4IR technology companies, geospatial industries, digital businesses, global development organizations, civil society organizations, etc. will discuss and deliberate on the different components in need of transformation for making GKI a reality. The summit has limited seats only. Confirm your participation now! Be a pioneer of geospatial knowledge. 

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