News from ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics

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


ISO/TC 211 First again

ISO/TC 211 is delighted to be a trail blazer for ISO’s Online Standards Development Tool. Our congratulations to the ISO 19103 revision team for being the first to get to the public Enquiry (DIS) stage using the ISO OSD! If you are interested in how we are refining our UML-based approach to conceptual modelling, then you may want to review ISO/DIS 19103 Geographic information — Conceptual schema language.

Contact your national ISO member for commenting on the draft standard. Find more information about OSD on the OSD website.


Published 2023-09-11  - Read more News


New standards: ISO 19150-6

ISO adopts ontology register standard, for geographic information services.

Service ontology register. ISO 19150-6

The service ontology register, ISO 19150-6 sets a standard registration and maintenance mechanism for the registration of ISO 19150-4 compliant geographic information service ontologies.

These ontologies set out the concepts, describe and categorize geographic information services and geographic information Web services.

The publication of this standard contributes to making semantic ontologies regarding geographic information more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). As geographic information is widely spread and used in various fields and domains, semantic interoperability will become more important, and it is expected that the utilization of these standards will also expand.

The series of ISO 19150, parts 1, 2 and 4 ontology standards considers semantic interoperability for geographic information. 

Part 1 defines the framework for semantic interoperability of geographic information. Part 2 describes the rules and guidelines for developing ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) to support interoperability of geographic information over the Semantic Web. Part 4 sets the framework for geographic information service ontology and the description of geographic information Web services.


Published 2023-09-04 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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