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Barbara Ryan

Barbara J. Ryan

Executive Director

Dear Readers,

I am happy to share the first issue of Horizons, a Newsletter from the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). Beginning this year, Horizons will be a free and open newsletter that showcases developments undertaken by WGIC and its Member organizations. I will also take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. So here goes. Some of you may know that I have long advocated for greater collaboration between and among public, private and not-for-profit organizations. My career has spanned decades working for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Since January 2019, I have been a Policy Advisor at WGIC, and Editor of the monthly newsletter, Policy Watch. In January of this year, I assumed the day-to-day management of WGIC, including its programs and strategic planning efforts from the irreplaceable Sanjay Kumar who ably served in this role for three years. Sanjay will continue to serve as Secretary-General of the organization. In this new role I intend to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry, showcasing the tremendous contributions that WGIC Members make to benefiting society and economies globally with their partnerships, products and services. I look forward to working with each of you.

With my best regards



Hexagon’s Geosystems division: 2020 in Review

By Ken Mooyman, WGIC Board Member

Although 2020 was dominated by the pandemic, we do not see it as a lost year. Working within severe humanitarian and economic challenges, our customers still drove their businesses forward and achieved successes. We continued to innovate in what was, more quietly than expected, our 200th year of business. While we couldn’t celebrate our bicentennial in the ways we imagined, we honoured it in the ways that matter.



Trimble Joins the Responsible Business Alliance

WGIC member Trimble announced that the company has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), an industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains.


Fugro in Dutch Financial Times

Fugro CEO Mark Heine was recently featured in the Dutch Financial Times, discussing last year’s successful refinancing.


Working groups

Invitation to join WGIC newly structured Working Groups

By Arnout Desmet, Valrie Grant and Robert Hoddenbach WGIC Committee Partnerships & Industry Engagement

The Committee on Partnerships & Industry Engagement (PIE), in collaboration with the Secretariat and Executive Board Members, would like to announce a recalibrated approach to enable closer alignment of the Working Groups and the purpose of the WGIC and its Members.

Earth Observation

CEOS Annual Meeting; Capacity Building and Data Democracy

WGIC Executive Director Barbara Ryan was featured at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy. She discussed the role of Earth Observation Capacity Development In Meeting Global Challenges.

Open Data

Engaging with the Blue Economy Kickoff

On March 3, 2021, WGIC’s Barbara Ryan took part in a panel of experts during a webinar called Engaging with the Blue Economy Kickoff. Between experts on Wind Energy, Coastal Infrastructure, the Decarbonization of Shipping and Marine Living Resources, Ryan stepped up to explain the role and the importance of Geospatial Data.

Al Gore

Innovation in Remote Sensing Technologies for accelerated Climate Action

By: Harald Friedl, Barbara Ryan, Harsha Vardhan Madiraju, Gavin McCormick, Lekha Sridhar, Steven Ramage and Sara Venturini.

It was a great honour for the World Geospatial Industry Council to be partner and co-host of The virtual Forum on “Innovation in Remote Sensing Technologies for accelerated Climate Action” this Event. Among many others, it featured former Vice President Al Gore.

GKI Summit

Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit

GKI aims to think beyond geospatial. It wants to redefine IT building blocks by placing geospatial as a multi-purpose technology at the heart of our digital and knowledge economy. The Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) Summit, spawned a host of new stakeholders into the geospatial ‘ecosystem’ of location data and mapping capabilities.

GeoBIM 2020

UN-GGIM, WFEO, and WGIC at GeoBIM 2020

WGIC participated in the GeoBIM 2020 as a strategic sponsor. WGIC, along with UN-GGIM and WFEO, and member companies Bentley Systems and Oracle Construction and Engineering, discussed the needs, challenges, and opportunities of uptake of GeoBIM technologies in the areas of resilient infrastructure, sustainable urban development, and building back better cities.



Sustainable Infrastructure

Facility Management (FM) Handover – Equipment Maintenance project, Empowering Women in STEM, FIDIC Credentialing Ltd (FCL) company launched, International Girls In ICT Day on 22 April 2021.

Energy Council

Energy Transition

Future-Proofing Energy: 2020 from the World Energy Council Chile, a new regional study, as part of the initiative Future-Proofing Energy, Covid19 crisis scenarios/ World Energy Transition Radar and more...



Geospatial AI/ML Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective

13 April 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 Geneva Time
Virtual Event

At this event hosted by ITU, WGIC will release the Geo.AI report and provide insights into global AI trends and policy landscape.

GeoIgnite 2021

14 - 30 April 2021
Virtual Event

WGIC will participate in the keynote session and host a dedicated workshop for the Canadian geospatial community. Write to info@wgicouncil.org for more information.

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