FIG Commission 3

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.


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]