FIG Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management

Term 2003-2006

Hightlights Commission Chair
The Commission 3 work plan is founded on the wider objectives defined in the FIG Councils´ work plan. Gerhard Muggenhuber, AUSTRIA

Commission 3 work plan focuses on contribution of spatial information for sustainable development. The following elements for achieving this goal formed the base for the Working groups of Commission 3:

  •  “e-Government and e-Citizen” focusing on the interactive information flow between providers, partners and customers (PPP)
  •  “SIM infrastructure” for harmonization of data, information, tools (LBS) and workflows
  •  „State of the art of SIM“ for sharing experience best practice
  • “Knowledge in SIM” provides the overarching principle for sharing and transferring knowledge achieved.
Work Plan

Terms of reference

  • Management of spatial information on land, property and hydrographical facts (including related processes, procedures and resources);
  • Spatial data infrastructure – data models, standards, availability and legal aspects;
  • Management and transfer of knowledge and skills needed for SIM;
  • Impacts on organizational structure, business models, professional practice and administration;
  • Management of spatial information supporting environment protection, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Mission Statement

  • Bringing awareness to successful SIM approaches in the “Information Age” by showing good practice like reliable spatial information for better decision making. Decision makers on all levels expect reliable spatial information and not only maps.
  • Supporting the use of SIM-tools for decision makers and citizens to support the goals of participatory democracy
  • Share good practice on managerial processes and infrastructure needed for handling data, using information and distributing knowledge.
  • Encouraging decision-makers for a more extensive use of spatial information also within good e-government and e-commerce.
  • Criterion of success: to initiate and provide activities so interesting that colleagues will regard the commission as one base on their professional lives.
  • Progress activities mainly through working groups (WGs) and Joint-WGs, which will participate in the planning of workshops and short seminars held during and outside FIG working weeks; submit progress reports about these events.
  • Present the final outcomes of Commission work as reports, statements and/or publications accessible also through the web.

Work Plan

Key documents


Working Groups

Working Group 3.1: e-Government and e-Citizen

Interactive Information Flow between providers, partners and customers (PPP).


SIM is a facilitator for IT based services for administration as well as for citizens. By thus SIMS will have even the role of an integrator of components for a Spatial Information Infrastructure within an Information society.

  • Services and workflows for decision makers and citizens in participatory democracy
  • Government – business – customers: relations and activities
  • Integration and cooperation in a distributed environment
  • Individual vs. business in SIM
  • Mobile society
  • SIM and LBS in an e-Government context


Kari Strande
E-mail: kari.strande[at]


Peter Laarakker
the Netherlands
e-mail: peter.laarakker[at] 

Working Group 3.2 - SIM infrastructure

Harmonization of data, information, tools (LBS) and workflows as components of GSDI.


  • NSDI / GSDI: Spatial Data + Information Infrastructure
  • modelling, geo-visualisation
  • Legal aspects in SIM
  • Standards Network on international (ISO/TC 211, OpenGIS Consortium, etc.) and on regional level.
  • SIM and LBS as tools:
    • Making geo-database suitable for mobile phones
    • Improve basic references (geo-referencing, transport-internet)
    • Role of surveyors in LBS
    • Share current experiences and technical visions of the future.
    • Gain knowledge from industry.
    • Inform future decisions and implementations.
    • Inform the big picture on drivers, trends and technologies.


Keith Murray
United Kingdom
E-mail: Keith.Murray[at]


Martin Scheu

e-mail: scheu[at]

Working Group 3.3 - State of the art of SIM

Development and State of the Art of SIM (analysis of the nation-wide activity in SIM among participating countries, and world-wide picture and best practice of institutional structures, as well as contents of data bases) and establishment of a FIG - metadata base about SDI.


  • To increase cooperation between different jurisdictions, disciplines, professional groups, Public-Public and Public-Private-Partnerships
  • To positively influence organizing and business models as well as procedures on different layers of administration
  • To raise awareness and encourage participation regarding:
    • Institutional structures and Spatial Information Infrastructure
    • Data availability and Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • To work towards capacity building and transfer of experience within a detailed work plan with milestones will be published on the web site of Commission 3.
    • Com3
    • To facilitate the development of NSDIs


Chryssy Potsiou
E-mail: chryssyp[at]


Uzo Okafor

e-mail: uzookaf[at]

Working Group 3.4 - Knowledge Transfer in SIM (education, training)
A Joint Working Group with Commission 2


Integration of resources of FIG Com.2 and 3 using the experiences in knowledge transfer on one hand and the know-how of spatial information management on the other hand.

  • Where to get knowledge, training etc.
  • Not only data are needed and information is not yet knowledge. Infrastructure is changing quite fastly, but also methods of training have to be adopted because the “half-life-time” of knowledge becomes shorter.
  • How to bridge tangible information with intangible knowledge.
  • Cooperation between sister organizations, optimizing regional structures


Prof. Bela Markus
E-mail: mb[at]


Mohammed Timoulali
e-mail: timoulali[at]