Training Program


9th December 2021, 0930 – 1700 IST


Geospatial knowledge and related location-based services silently extend value and benefit to stakeholders across all domains including businesses, governments, academia and citizens by providing the digital connection between a place, its people, and their activities. It is the nation’s ‘digital currency’ for evidence-based decision making. The geospatial ecosystem must strive to attain its immense potential to contribute to the national growth and development objectives. While geospatial knowledge is uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in several nation’s growth story, for the real benefits of productivity, efficiency, transparency, and monitoring to reach citizens and customers, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) holds the key. With the objective of understanding the concept of GKI, its elements and associated benefits, a virtual training program on ‘Advancing role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World, Economy and Environment’ was organized in April 2021 for the officials of Survey of India, which touched upon the technology trends, and benefits of transformation for National Mapping Agencies. Following up on that, the in-person training program which will be conducted as part of GeoSmart India 2021 in Hyderabad for all National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs), will focus on the need, benefits and challenges associated with the digital transformation of NGAs and how GKI can complement these initiatives.


The objective of the training program is to help participants to understand:

  • Evolving role of geospatial agencies in the 4th Industrial Age
  • Need for transformation and associated benefits and challenges
  • Relevance and importance of a next-gen Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in achieving Sustainable Development





Opening Remarks & Expectation Setting


Lesson 1: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI): Value proposition, Benefits, and Transformation

Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure leverages many new opportunities enabled by the 4th Industrial Revolution. It accelerates automation and knowledge-on-demand. It is as relevant for all nations. It supports the United Nations Vision 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. Integrated Geospatial Information Framework is the framework of choice to implement the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure.


  • To understand the GKI concept and key elements
  • To understand the value proposition and relevance of GKI in today’s context
  • GKI complementing other initiatives to understand the need for transformation

Networking break with coffee and tea


Lesson 2: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure – Technology Integration Trends

We live in a rapidly changing World, in all respects. New partnerships, technologies and approaches can enable all nations to harness the value of geospatial knowledge in new ways, potentially bypassing old ways. The “future” we talked about 5 years ago is here today. But it is difficult to assess what trends most impact geospatial knowledge infrastructures, and these change regularly.


  • How 4th Industrial Revolution technologies can improve geospatial in the virtual world?
  • To understand better some of the key technology trends impacting geospatial agencies.
  • To demonstrate how national geospatial agency fundamental data is core to digital twins.
  • To understand how emerging technologies give opportunities for easy access and usability of data.



Lesson 3: Funding Infrastructure and Monetization of Data

Satellite positioning technology is embedded in the global information economy. Society uses Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to derive Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) information for various activities. Consumer demand for PNT information has stimulated market growth for value-added GNSS services that enhance accuracy, coverage, and service performance. However, a lack of technical, institutional and economic coordination between governments and industry has led to duplication and over-investment which has limited high accuracy positioning coverage.

Data monetization provides companies with the ability to perform competitive cost reductions, increase revenues, and in some cases, launch their data analysis as a service itself. With the many benefits associated with the use of data monetization, it’s clear to see why so many businesses are looking to pivot towards utilizing their data more effectively.


  • To understand the full range of uses and benefits derived from the infrastructure.
  • To identify different funding sources for the infrastructure.
  • To understand different types of business and partnership models associated.
  • To understand the role and value of data in business.
  • To understand the economic benefits associated with data monetization.

Networking break with coffee and tea


Lesson 4: Digital Transformation of National Geospatial Agencies

National geospatial agencies may lose relevance in the digital age, and transformation is the only choice, which could take several forms, including partnerships with other stakeholders of the geospatial ecosystem. Governance, technologies, and people all must be considered, and single agency transformation needs to take place amidst a potential need to change external influences on the organization. As government agencies, some of the levers available to industry transformation are not available for government agencies.


  • Overview of why digital transformation is challenging but necessary
  • To understand how to effectively plan and implement successful transformation initiatives.
  • To understand the role of leadership.

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