News from ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics

Postcard from Jeonju

I’m actually writing this after getting home -  and wondering how to summarise a great week: some 35 meetings across five days, involving about 65 people on site for at least part of the week and well over one hundred connecting to one or more sessions.

First of all, a big thank you to our hosts and organisers from Korea: our regular, Prof SangKi Hong and his organising committee; KATS (Korea Agency for Technology and Standard); MOLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation) and LX (Korea Land Information Corporation) who provided loads of practical technical support as well as some excellent presentations, and Jeonju City. The full list of appreciations has its own slide in the final meeting presentation.

For those who didn’t travel to Korea, congratulations on joining meetings at odd times of the day and night, especially if you were in Europe, Africa or the Americas.

A few personal highlights of me, setting aside the beautiful backdrop and peaceful surroundings of the venue, were:

  • Gaining a better understanding of progress across registers, geodetics, land cover / land use, schema management, ISO SMART, cooperation with OGC and others, …
  • A great discussion on climate change and what we as a committee can do to help those working to measure it, mitigate its effects, plan & build for the rapidly approaching future.
  • The chance for in-depth discussion with a few delegations about possibly of taking on the secretariat in future.
  • Good opportunities to talk with the Indian delegation who will be hosting us in December.
  • Paul’s bicycle, which gave us the photo below

Peter Parslow, May 2023
Chair, ISO/TC 211

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Meet LX Korea Land Information Corporation

LX Korea Land Information Corporation (LX) is the second of our two hosts at our upcoming plenary meeting next week. We have taken some time to find out a little bit more about their work and thought that you might be interested.

Published 2023-05-09 - Read more News


Meet the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport

The Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) is one of our two hosts at our upcoming plenary meeting next week. We have taken some time to find out a little bit more about their work and thought that you might be interested.

Published 2023-05-08 - 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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