AGILE - Association of Geographic Laboratories in Europe

The Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) was established in 1998 to promote academic teaching and research on GIS at the European level and to ensure the continuation of the networking activities that have emerged as a result of the EGIS Conferences and the European Science Foundation GISDATA Scientific Programmes.

AGILE seeks to ensure that the views of the geographic information teaching and research community are fully represented in the discussions that take place on future European research agendas. AGILE also provides a permanent scientific forum where geographic information researchers can meet and exchange ideas and experiences at the European level.

The activities of AGILE are managed by an eight person council elected by its members. Its main tasks are to develop an organisational structure to realise the goals of AGILE, to further develop with the help of the members a European research agenda, to instigate and stimulate initiatives and to organise a yearly GI-conference.




EuroGeographics’ activities focus on underpinning the European Spatial Data Infrastructure with the definitive reference data collected, maintained and provided by our members. This infrastructure will provide the location framework for Europe as comprehensive resource for government, businesses and citizens. The wide circle of stakeholders benefit from EuroGeographics products, services, best practice and engagement activities which come together in the associated spatial data infrastructure projects.

An integrated programme with four components makes up EuroGeographics activities:
1. Engagement with European decision-makers, enables our positive contribution to important initiatives, policies and projects. We also act as our members’ eyes and ears in the EC and Parliament to keep them fully informed about relevant developments;
2. The exchange of best practice helps our members to understand and implement policies, procedures and technologies so that they can meet the needs of their many users;
3. Harmonising national spatial datasets into a portfolio of integrated pan-European products and related services, enables us to provide the location framework for EC spatial analysis and policy developments; and
4. An ongoing programme of spatial data infrastructure projects, undertaken with academic and commercial partners, enables our members to contribute to the creation of standard data specifications and policies. This ensures their databases remain of high quality, compatible and can interact with one another to deliver data which provides practical and tangible benefits for European society.



ICA - International Cartographic Association

ICA was founded on 9 June 1959, in Bern, Switzerland. Preparatory conferences, during which its foundation was discussed, were held from 1956–1959: the Esselte conference, Stockholm 1956, the Rand McNally conference, Chicago 1957 and the DGfK conference, Mainz (Germany) 1958. The mission of the International Cartographic Association is to ensure that geospatial information is employed to maximum effect for the benefit of science and society through promotion and representation of the discipline and profession of Cartography and GI Science internationally. The international nature of ICA activity has been reflected by the work of its Commissions and Working Groups over many decades, under the leadership of many different people and in many different places. These organisations have addressed the full range of scientific, technical and social research which is the mark of ICA activity.

This mission statement presented above is based on the following vision: to see…

  • Cartography and GI Science applied to their full potential in science and society,
  • ICA recognised as the world authoritative body for Cartography and GI Science,
  • ICA recognised for outstanding service to its members,
  • ICA, as the leading authority for Cartography and GI Science, attracting membership from national Cartographic and GI Science societies, universities, government and business and commercial organisations, as well as individuals from every country of the world.

Subsidiary ICA targets for accomplishing the vision/mission are:

  • to contribute to the understanding and solution of world-wide problems through the use of Cartography and GI Science in decision-making processes,
  • to foster the national and international use of geospatially referenced environmental, economic and social information; and to encourage introduction of a focused geospatial basis for national and international statistical information,
  • to provide a global forum for discussion of Cartography and GI Science,
  • to facilitate the transfer of new cartographic and geographic information (GI) technology and knowledge between and within nations, especially to the developing nations,
  • to carry out or to promote multi-national cartographic and GI research in order to solve scientific and applied problems
  • to enhance education in Cartography and GI Science in the broadest sense through publications, seminars and conferences,
  • to promote the use of professional and technical standards in Cartography and GI Science, and
  • to support map-related research in specific topics such as those concerning children, history, theory, and the visually impaired.


ISPRS - International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy. The official languages are English, French and German.
The Society's scientific interests include photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information systems and related disciplines, as well as applications in cartography, geodesy, surveying, natural, Earth and engineering sciences, and environmental monitoring and protection. Further applications include industrial design and manufacturing, architecture and monument preservation, medicine and others.

The principal activities of the Society are:

  1. Stimulating the formation of national or regional Societies of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  2. Initiating and coordinating research in photogrammetry and remote sensing.
  3. Holding international Symposia and Congresses at regular intervals.
  4. Ensuring worldwide circulation of the records of discussion and the results of research by publication of the International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  5. Encouraging the publication and exchange of scientific papers and journals dealing with photogrammetry and remote sensing.
  6. Promoting cooperation and coordination with related international scientific organizations


OGC - Open Geospatial Consortium

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of around 450 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.

OGC® and OpenGIS® are registered trademarks of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). OGC is the brand name associated with the standards and documents produced by the OGC. OGC standards are developed in a unique consensus process supported by the OGC's industry, government and academic members to enable geoprocessing technologies to interoperate, or "plug and play". The OGC trademark is associated with products that implement OGC standards and that have obtained the Certified OGC Compliant brand.



UVS International


 UVS International is a non-profit association registered with the Chamber of Commerce in The Hague, The Netherlands and operates out of offices in Paris, France. It was founded in 1995 and represents manufacturers of remotely piloted systems (RPS), related sub-systems and critical components and associated equipment, as well as companies supplying services with or for RPS, research organisations and academia. In this context, RPS should be understood as re-useable and expendable remotely piloted air, space, terrestrial and maritime systems (civil & military), as well as non-reusable remotely piloted air, ground & naval target systems. UVS International is recognized as an impartial representative of the global RPAS community and represents the interests of its Members on a world-wide basis. There are 3 Member categories:

• Corporate;

• Non-Corporate (state organisations, academic institutions, partner organisations);

• Natural Person [private persons, journalists & honorary Members (the latter on invitation only)].