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3601.2 - A new integrated and seamless Map of the Americas

Monday, July 3
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Delaware A

Implementing a participatory approach, the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) is building an integrated, homogeneous and harmonized 1:250,000 vector cartographic database in the region to provide the territorial foundation for studies directly related to PAIGH’s Pan-American Agenda and to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The participatory approach is supported by the CAF- Development Bank of Latin America, in the context of the GeoSUR Program, with the technical advice of the National Center for Geographic Information of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (CNIG, acronym in Spanish), the National Geography Institutes of the region, and contributions from the United States National Section of the PAIGH (Department of the Interior, U.S Geological Survey, and the U.S Agency for International Development) .
The fundamental datasets that are being harmonized across the international borders include: administrative boundaries, settlements, roads, land morphology, toponymy and hydrography, which are key geographic features relevant to natural and cultural processes that affect territorial and environmental management and climate change. The geographic specialists from the official National Geographic Institutes have work together in participative workshops to integrate their official geospatial data to produce two sub regional datasets which are available to the community: the “Integrated Map of Central America” and “Integrated North Andean Map”. The source of the geospatial databases from Central America include: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, and from the North Andean area: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. The completed product of harmonized regional datasets at 1:250,000 scale are available as a WMS service through the GeoSUR portal (http://www.geosur.info/geosur/index.php/en/) in conformance with OGC and ISO/TC 211 standards. The technical specifications, catalog of geographic objects and representation catalog documents are available on the website.
Future plans include coordinating the project to extend throughout South America with the participation of Brazil and the southern cone of South America. Additional products will include an integrated hydrographic network to monitor stream flow and direction.

Jean Parcher

President of Geography Commission
Pan American Institute of Geography and History

Jean Parcher has over thirty years of experience in the fields of GIS and remote sensing, which includes coordinating international projects in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Ms. Parcher recently retired from the Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program, where she served as the Program Manager for the Land Cover for Climate Initiative funded by USAID. Currently she is the President of the Geography Commission for the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, a specialized organization of the Organization of American States. Previously Ms. Parcher served as the USGS's Senior International Coordinator for the Landsat satellite program and as the lead geographer for the U.S. - Mexico Border Environmental Health Initiative.


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Rodrigo Barriga Vargas

Secretary General
Pan American Institute of Geography and History

Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas is a Polytechnic Engineer in Geography from the Military Polytechnical Academy of Chile, Master in International Business Management from the University Gabriela Mistral of Chile and Doctor in Geography, Landscape and Environment from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He was Director of the Military Geographical Institute of Chile, Vice President of CP-IDEA (now UN-GGIM: Americas), and has taught at the technical university level in Geodesy, Photogrammetry, GPS Processing, among other subjects. Now he is the Secretary General of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History.


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Santiago Borrero

M. SC.
CAF Development Bank of Latinamerica

MIT (1977). 30 years of academic and public/private work experience in Urban and Regional Development. In 2014 completed a ten years term as Secretary General of the Panamerican Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH). Previously, served as GSDI president, PC-IDEA (today UN-GGIM Americas). In Colombia, director, Geographic Institute (IGAC), where established the first national SDI initiative in the Americas. Also, he was director of the Colombian Development Projects Fund, the Association of Consulting Engineers, and general manager of the Bogota Water Supply Co.

Currently, operates as an international consultant for CAF, Development Bank of Latinamerica, where coordinates the GeoSUR Program.


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Antonio F. Rodriguez

Deputy Director
National Centre for Geographic Information, IGN

He got a degree on Physics. He works for IGN Spain since 1986 and has 30 years of experience on Automated Cartography, DTM, Data Base Management, Data Modelling, Metadata, Quality, Standardization, Web Servces, SDI and Project Management. He is an Associated Professor at Polytechnique University of Madrid, teaching Standardization in the field of GI, Data Modelling and Neocartography. He is comitted with the implementation and developement of the Spanish NSDI from its foundation in 2002.


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Michael P. Peterson

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Michael P. Peterson is Professor in the Department of Geography / Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia, the Technical University of Vienna in Austria, the University of Applied Technology in Munich, Germany, Carleton University in Canada, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Wuhan University, in China. He chaired the Maps and the Internet commission of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) from 1999-2011 and is former chair of ICA’s Publication Committee.


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