FIG Commission 3 - Spatial Information Management


"Commission 3 has the task of providing an international discussion and development forum to promote professional practice and standards in the field of Spatial Information Management.

In a highly interconnected world interoperability is an indispensable precondition for information exchange. Commission 3 considers interoperability to consist of legal interoperability (aligned legislation and legal meaning), organisational interoperability (coordinated processes), and technical interoperability. We focus mainly on technical interoperability of geospatial data: at system level (data exchange through networks, computers, applications, and web services), at syntactic level (common data formats defined for data encoding, decoding, and representation), at structural level (pre-defined data models, data structures, and data schemes), and at semantic level (common vocabularies). Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) provide ‘a framework of policies, institutional arrangements, technologies, data, and people that enables the sharing and effective usage of geographic information by standardizing formats and protocols for access and interoperability."

What we do

For the term 2019-2022 FIG Commission 3 will be working on:

For the full work plan, please visit Work Plan 2019-2022
(Original work plan .pdf-format )


Learn more about how Commission 3 is working with the SDG's

Commission 3 + 8 workshop, 13-14 December in Greece

December 2022

Please, join us an take part in the joint Workshop on the theme:
"Spatial Information and planning in a world facing multiple crises -  a surveyors' perspective"

Commission 3 at FIG Congress 2022

October 2022

The Congress took place 11-15 September in Warsaw, Poland. Commission 3 held its annual meeting with outset in their prepared Report and Agenda. Commission 3 was also involved in sessions covering Commission 3 areas within the theme of Smart Surveyors for Volunteering for the future Geospatial excellence for a better living. Read more

Commission 3 in Nigeria

March 2022

In March 2022, the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors appointed Kehinde Adetunji Alao as Nigeria’s national delegate to FIG Commission 3. Since then Kehinde Adetunji Alao has been actively working to raise awareness of the Commission among geospatial users. Read more 


Commission 3 + 8 workshop
13-14 December, Athens, Greece

FIG Working Week 2023

28 June-1 July 2023 in Orlando, USA


February 2023

Joint Workshop Commissions 3 + 8 Athens, Proceedings and Report

October 2022

Commission 3 + 8 workshop, 13-14 December in Greece

September 2022

Commission 3 at FIG Congress 2022, Warsaw Poland

June 2022

Commission 3 in Nigeria


More News from FIG Commission 3




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Dr. Sagi Dalyot, Israel
Contact: FIGCommission3 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Smart Cities (WG 3.1)
Prof. Kevin McDougall, Australia

Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation (WG 3.2)
Prof. Charalabos Ioannidis, Greece

User-Generated Spatial Content Empowering Communities (WG 3.3)
Prof. Sagi Dalyot, Israel

3D Cadastres (WG 3.4)
Prof. Peter van Oosterom, the Netherlands, P.J.M.vanOosterom[at]
Prof. Alias Abdul Rahman, Malaysia, alias[at]

GIS Tools for Spatial Planning  (WG 3.5)
Enrico Rispoli, Italy, e.rispoli[at]
Adriana Czarnecka, Polen, Adrianna.Czarnecka[at]

Geospatial Next (WG 3.6)
Cemal Özgür Kivilcim, Turkey


Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.


This FIG report sheds light on several areas where geospatial data can be particularly useful in supporting the path to sustainability in the 2020s, for spatial land use planning and health monitoring, with data collection through voluntary geographic information, with attention to diversity and inclusion, and by providing information on property, including property values. Read the Publication    
The study was focused on the current state and practices within the land surveying, mapping and geo-science communities, on practical as well as theoretical levels.
Read the Publication
Many 3D Cadastral activities have been conducted during the past two decades: six FIG 3D Cadastres workshops, sessions at FIG working weeks and congresses, three special issues in international scientific journals, four terms of the joint commission 3 and commission 7 FIG Working Group on 3D Cadastres. Website


Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006
Terms 1979-2002

Working Groups

Term 2019-2022 

WG 3.1: Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Smart Cities
WG 3.2: Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation
WG 3.3: User-Generated Spatial Content Empowering Communities
WG 3.4: 3D Cadastres
WG 3.5: GIS Tools for Spatial Planning  WG 3.6: Geospatial Next

All working groups


3D Cadastres

FIG joint commission 3 and 7 Working Group on 3D Cadastres since 2000

FIG Publications

FIG Pub. no. 78: Geospatial Data in the 2020s - Transformative Power and Pathways to Sustainability

FIG Pub. no. 73: The Land Surveyors Role in the Era of Crowdsourcing and VGI

FIG Pub no. 72: Best Practices 3D Cadastres

FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


All events

Reports to General Assembly

All reports