United Nations sponsors Permanent Committee on GIS
Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific
5 – 7 October 2011, Melbourne, Australia
4th Land Administration Forum for Asia and the Pacific “Beyond Spatial
Enablement” and Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Centre for SDIs and
Land Administration, University of Melbourne, 7 October 2011
The CSDILA Family: Past and Present. Dr.
Daniel Steudler is
on the extreme right
The Land Administration Forum and associated workshops was coordinated
through the PCGIAP Working Group 3 on “Spatially Enabled Government” and the
University of Melbourne’s Centre for SDIs and Land Administration (CSDILA).
Mr. Greg Scott, Chair of PCGIAP WG3 and Prof. Abbas Rajabifard,
Director of CSDILA were the event co-chairs. The focus of the event was
developed both by PCGIAP and CSDILA along with the outcomes of the 3rd Land
Administration Forum for Asia and the Pacific hosted by the Iranian
Government in 2009.
There were three keynote presentations; “Spatial Enablement in Australian
Government” by Dr. Chris Pigram, Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience
Australia; “Spatial Enablement in Europe – The Role of Cadastre and Land
Administration” by Ms Dorine Burmanje, Chair, Executive Board, Dutch
Kadaster and Prof. Stig Enemark, Aalborg University and Honorary
President, FIG. The keynote session was followed by four technical sessions
with the themes “Spatial Enablement in Action”; “The Role of Land
Administration in Spatial Enablement” where FIG President CheeHai Teo
spoke on the “Role of Surveyors in Support of Spatial Enablement” as well as
Dr. Daniel Steudler, Chair of FIG Task Force on Spatially Enabled
Society who spoke on the topic “Swiss Cadastre and Spatial Enablement”. The
third session was titled “The Role of Government and The Private Sector” and
this was followed by “Challenges and Opportunities to Achieve Spatial
Enablement” that was moderated by FIG President. The 4th PCGIAP Land
Administration Forum ended with a Discussion Session on “The Way Forward to
Beyond Spatial Enablement”.
The event was organized in conjunction with the 10th year anniversary
celebrations of the Centre that was held at the end of the three-day event.
CSDILA provides a focus for research in Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs)
and Land Administration by building on research relationships and creating
new links through national and international collaboration. The Centre was
established in 2001 within the then Department of Geomatics (and now
Department of Infrastructure Engineering) at the University of Melbourne, an
Academic Member of FIG. CSDILA has been a key supporter of the PCGIAP
Working Group 3 on Spatially Enabled Government as well as FIG, particularly
the FIG Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society as well as FIG Commission 7.
The Centre’s first Director, Prof. Ian Williamson was a past Chair of
FIG Commission 7 and remains active within the Commission. The current Chair
of FIG Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society, Dr. Daniel Steudler,
is an alumnus of the Centre and Prof. Stig Enemark, Honorary
President of FIG, is a member of its Advisory Board.
During the 10th Anniversary Celebration Lunch on 7th October 2011, it was
announced that Abbas Rajabifard, the Director of the Centre was
promoted to full Professor. It was indeed a celebration! FIG congratulates
Professor Abbas Rajabifard on this deserving promotion. Prof. Abbas is the
current President of Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association,
an allied international geospatial information society with whom FIG has a
collaborative Memorandum of Understanding.
Abbas Rajabifard and Prof Ian Williamson
11 November 2011