Article of the Month in 2019

FIG publishes each month the Article of the Month. This is a high-level paper focusing on interesting topic to all surveyors. This article can be picked up from an FIG conference or another event or it can be a paper written directly for this purpose.

  • May/June 2019 is written by Dang Hung Vo and Pham Van Cu (Vietnam): Timing - Spatial Information System Is The Information Infrastructure to Develop the Smart World. This article was the first plenary presentation at the FIG Working Week 2019´and points out the opportunities and challenges in the transition from "electronic" period to "smart" period. Finding the right road map of development will help countries to shorten the time and distance to the destination of a "smart country".
  • March/April 2019 is written by Clarissa Augustinus, FIG Honorary Ambassador: Working with FIG for 25 years on socio-economic innovations. This article is based on a speech presented at the FIG 140 Year Anniversary and Handover Event in November 2018. Clarissa Augustinus has been working together with FIG since 1993 as an academic, public figure and a partner in her capacity as leader of the UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and this speech is a special insight and personal journey through her work in the field of land administration and surveying together with FIG. This presentation will hopefully also give some ideas on how to bring about change through collaboration at national and global levels.  
  • February 2019 is written by Peter Wyatt, United Kingdom: From a Property Tax to a Land Tax – Who Wins, Who Loses? This paper has passed the FIG peer review and will be presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The paper looks at some of the consequences of switching from recurrent real estate taxes that are based on improved values to one that is based on the value of unimproved land.
  • January 2019 is written by Kevin Mcdougall and Saman Koswatte, Australia :  The Future of Authoritative Geospatial Data in the Big Data World – Trends, Opportunities and Challenges .This paper was presented at the Commission 3 meeting in Naples, Italy and was chosen by commission 3 as paper of the month. The paper will examine the drivers of the “Big Data” phenomena and look to identify how authoritative and big data may co-exist.