The first edition of the report "Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten-year vision" was endorsed by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at its third session in July 2013. The Future Trends report provided expert opinion on the mid to long term-developments in geospatial information and is a strategic insight document for all countries and the global geospatial information community. It is broad in nature, looking at emerging trends in technology, legal and policy, skills and training, the private and non-governmental sectors, and in the role of government.

Third Edition of Future Trends

Noting the benefits gained and the changing dynamic of geospatial information, the Future Trends report was revised in 2016. In 2018 and in order to keep pace with rapid technological change, the Committee of Experts requested that a third review should be undertaken. The United Kingdom, through Ordnance Survey, and supported by UN-GGIM: Europe, has agreed to lead this review in close collaboration with the UN-GGIM Secretariat.

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We are now seeking stakeholders' views on the future trends that will impact the industry over the coming five to ten years. This global consultation is an opportunity for the global geospatial information community and interested stakeholders to inform the third edition of the report.

The third edition of the Future Trends report will provide updates and include key emerging trends not previously covered, and will be prepared in three phases:

1. Identify the priority themes on which to focus. This have considered the professional views from the UN-GGIM Bureau, Chairs of Regional Committees, and UN-GGIM technical and thematic groups;
2. Gather emerging trends and write the first draft of the report (the results of which are now here); and,
3. Circulate the first draft of the report in the fourth quarter of 2019 for broad consultation and comment, and then finalise based on this feedback.

The consultation is open until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Please use the response form provided and send your input to FutureTrends@os.uk.

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