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

Perhaps we need a new ‘document status’ for much used standards like ISO 19128 and 19115:2003?


Published 2023-05-24