In mid-August, Compass’ Senior SDI Expert, Roger Longhorn, was the guest of the Government of Taiwan, presenting the keynote speech at the day-long seminar launching the Taiwan Geoportal One Stop (TGOS) portal. Longhorn spoke on the value of geospatial data and of spatial data infrastructures – to the economy, to businesses and to citizens. Taiwan has a highly advanced national SDI already under development for more than a decade, with strong government support from the Ministry of the Interior.
During the visit, Longhorn met with Minister of Interior Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee, and Deputy or vice Ministers from other government departments and agencies, including the Council of Economic Planning & Development, the Min. of Foreign Affairs, Office of Science and Technology, the National Space Organization, the Taiwan Geographic Information System Center in Taipei, and the GIS Research Center at Feng Chia University – all of whom have a part to play in the success of the NSDI. Special emphasis in Taiwan is on disaster planning, monitoring and mitigation, due to the number of typhoons and earthquakes to which the island nation is subjected.
Longhorn was accompanied on the visit by Prof. Joep Crompvoets of KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), who is Secretary General of EuroSDR. Both Longhorn and Crompvoets are also members of the GSDI Association’s Outreach Committee and are on the GSDI Board. The visit was arranged and hosted by Jeremy Shen, Director of the Information Centre, Min. of the Interior – also an active member of the GSDI Association’s Societal Impacts Committee.