GIS.FCU Tightens Its Ties With The United Nations, Contributes To The GEOSS AIP-5 Project

On May 2nd 2012, GIS.FCU Director Jimmy Chou and Dr. Peter Chung went to the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in Vienna to attend a meeting with UN-SPIDER official Lorant Czaran and discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions. Dr. Chung brought up a concept of quasi direct tasking with National Space Organization (NSPO), an idea that could let global authorized users set up the image areas online and communicate with the satellite scheduling system through OGC EO-SPS standard under emergency conditions. The proposed procedure can effectively reduce the time of satellite obtainment. The process of quasi direct tasking is very important especially to the international and regional disaster prevention organizations, such as UN-SPIDER and Sentinel Asia. After adopting the idea and its corresponding system, UN will first use it to assist international disaster prevention. Director Chou has also presented excellent achievements of GIS.FCU to UN officials and it was a successful example of civil diplomacy.

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Director Jimmy Chou and UN-SPIDER Official Lorant Czaran

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The GEOSS AIP-5 Kickoff Workshop

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Dr. Peter Chung, UNEP Dr. Gregory Giuliani and GEOSS AIP-5 Disaster Manager Workshop Chairman Herve Caumont (from right to left)

Next day, May 3rd, Director Chou and Dr. Chung went to UNEP in Geneva to participate in the GEO GEOSS AIP-5 kickoff workshop. For long, GIS.FCU has been contributing to GEOSS AIP project series with our expertise in geo-spatial interoperability, and has noted great achievements in the previous AIP-3 and AIP-4. The purpose of our proposed contribution in AIP-5 is to achieve more timely dissemination of information from globally-coordinated systems. This project will proceed with NASA, Columbia University, and French experts. GIS.FCU will focus on processing huge data chunks in cooperation with NASA and will participate in regular meetings to progressively promote its capabilities in that field.