News from ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics

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Published 2023-11-23 - Read more News


New standards: ISO 19157-1

ISO 19157-1: 2023 Geographic information - Data quality – Part 1: General requirements

Information about the quality of geographic information regained its importance due to increasing emphasis on findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIR). The 2013 edition was no longer serving producers trying to keep up with the demand to provide FAIR quality metadata. Without FAIR quality information of geographic data, the comparison and selection of the dataset best suited to application needs or requirements is complicated if not impossible.

As a result of the recent revision by the team of experts, led by Dr Ivana Ivánová (Standards Australia) and Mr Torsten Svärd (Swedish Institute for Standards), the new ISO 19157-1 standard aims to provide a framework for describing data quality information of geographic data and products with a set of well-defined characteristics. The standard also defines the structure of data quality measures used in quality evaluation, describes general procedures for evaluating the quality of geographic data, and establishes principles for reporting data quality. 

In addition, ISO 19157-1 is now extensible, which provides producers with the capability to define their own domain specific quality descriptors and measures for their evaluation, as well as define the process for additional, domain-specific components for describing data quality, while providing an ISO 19157-1 compliant assurance for their quality metadata.

With the comprehensive list of informative annexes, ISO 19157-1 serves as a manual for producers introducing an ISO compliant quality framework in their organisations.

The project team is currently establishing a curated register for data quality measures for geographic information, which had formerly resided in Annex D. The new human friendly and machine-actionable register will be governed by ISO 19157-3, a new standard currently under development, with expected publication in 2025.


Published 2023-10-09 Read more News


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Summit

The second SDG Summit will be held on 18-19 September 2023 during the UN General Assembly high-level week in New York.

Alongside this event the UNGGIM has a side event the “SDG Action Weekend” 16th and 17th September. The SDG Action Weekend will feature more than 40 side-events, jointly organized by coalitions of UN Member States, UN entities and other international organizations and global stakeholder networks. 

Some of the topics being covered are: 

  • The Power of Geospatial Information: Accelerating implementation of the SDGs
  • What Exactly is Geodesy - Why do we have a Global Geodetic Centre of Excellence?
  • The Integrated Geospatial Information Framework - Knowledge and Capacity Building.

More information can be found here:
SDG Action Weekend | United Nations


Published 2023-09-15 - Read more News


This committee contributes with over 100 standards supporting the following Sustainable Development Goals:





Standardization in the field of digital geographic information.

This work aims to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth.

Within the scope of geographic information, these standards may specify methods, tools, and services for data management. Data management includes acquiring, processing, analyzing, accessing, presenting, and publishing geographic data for users and systems.

The work shall link to appropriate standards for information technology and data where possible, and provide a framework for the development of sector-specific applications using geographic data.


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