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The Netherlands Coordination Office (NCO) for the United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) is the national link between UN organizations and Netherlands UNSDI partners.

The NCO discloses unique knowledge, services and high-quality geographic information products from Netherlands UNSDI partners to the international UNSDI community and partner countries, in order to contribute to Food Security, Agricultural Development, Water Management, Economic Development, Peace and Safety, Tropical Forest Monitoring, Humanitarian Response, Environmental Protection, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, and to combat the impact of climate change.

The NCO manages the national UNSDI-GeoNetwork portal, making geographic data (e.g. GIS data, GIS maps) available from all linked UN organizations and national UNSDI geographic information suppliers, including the Netherlands NSDI.

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Roger Longhorn appointed as new GSDI Secretary-General

At its October 2014 Board meeting, the GSDI Association appointed Roger Longhorn as the new GSDI Secretary-General. Longhorn has been acting Sec-Gen for some months now, following departure of Prof. Harlan Onsrud from the post after many years of valued … Continue reading

GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter for October 2014

The GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter for October 2014 is now posted on the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Newsletter page. You may also download it directly from this link. Chinese translations of the Asia-Pacific section of the Regional Newsletter can be … Continue reading

GSDI Regional Newsletters for April 2014

The SDI Regional Newsletters for April 2014 are now posted on the GSDI home page at You may also download them directly as follows: SDI-Latin America and Caribbean Newsletter in Spanish, English SDI-Africa Newsletter in English SDI-Asia Pacific Newsletter … Continue reading