GI_Forum 2019 – THE spatial view: A retrospect
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GIS has long been established in most of the traditionally “spatial” disciplines like planning, resource management and logistics. Other disciplines, such as social sciences currently experience an added value of a “spatial turn”. The explicitly spatial perspective of Geoinformatics generates better information and knowledge as a base for improved decision-making processes in areas of our economy, society and environment and was the focus of this year’s GI_Forum, which took place between July 2 – 5, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.
GI_Forum is organized by the University of Salzburg, under the coordination of the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and runs concurrently with the highly regarded German language conference on Applied Geoinformatics – AGIT. The two symposia share the innovative AGIT EXPO exhibit and stimulating social Events.
The future as focus
Representatives from research and industry met with users to discuss current trends and today’s significance of (geo)information in society. Participants of this year’s GI_Forum discussed the various challenges related to food production, distribution, and consumption; the transition of the energy system towards more sustainability; and volunteered geographic information through citizen participation in (smart) city planning.
Josef Aschbacher extended the spatial perspective even further by presenting ESA’s Earth Observation Programme. GI_Forum 2019 ended on a high note with Euro Beinat of Naspers Limited demonstrating how machine learning and AI works in the present and what’s possible in the future.
Connecting on every level
GI_Forum is best known as a platform where representatives from research & development, industry leaders and users meet to exchange ideas and connect in an informal setting. This unique and balanced mix of participants was supported by communication-enhancing formats and thus created synergies on many levels where participants of GI_Forum Symposium and Exhibit could connect and network. This interlinking also has a spatial component: lecture rooms are all under one roof and centered around the EXPO, taking place in the foyers of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Salzburg, an added benefit for all participants.
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