Sunday, August 07, 2011

GSDI bejelentette a 2012. évi Small Grants Program pályázatát földmegfigyelés témakörben

Mai postánkból. A GSDI eHírlevele közli a legújabb pályázati hírt. Eddig az MTA ÖBKI és a Cascadoss Magyarország Egyesület volt eredményes a korábbi pályázatokon. Ime a felhívás:
"The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce its Small Grants Program for the year 2011-12.
   Awards for spatial data infrastructure or Earth Observations Systems (EOS)-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations
   Application deadline of 31 October 2011
   2500 words maximum
   Awards of $2500 USD in cash and/or contributed volunteer professional services for the project

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association is dedicated to international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national, and international spatial data infrastructure developments that would allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance. We are committed to bringing about an infrastructure that will allow users globally to access spatial data at a variety of scales from multiple sources that ultimately will appear seamless to all users. The GSDI Association supports the work of organizations to develop their own Web-enabled Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) initiatives, nationally and regionally, and collaborates with local, national, and international organizations to ensure that spatial data, services, and metadata are accessible through interoperable standards-based services, systems, software, and products that operate in a web-enabled environment.
The success of the GSDI Association depends on the quality of its partnerships with public, private, academic, and non-governmental organizations. Through adoption of common, international standards, key architecture principles, and approaches for capacity building in developing countries, the GSDI initiatives also link national SDI efforts with the vision and goals of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and its Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS).
Additional information:
   Overview of GSDI - (in MS PowerPoint)
   GSDI Strategic Plan -  (in PDF)
   Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) -
The GSDI is being advanced through the leadership of many nations and organizations represented by a GSDI Association Council and Board of Directors. The multi-national Board includes representatives from all continents and all sectors: government, academia, and the private sector as well as the following regional SDI initiatives:
   Africa: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST) – GeoInformation Sub-committee
   Americas: Pan-American Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH)
   Europe: European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information (EUROGI)
Please visit the GSDI Association website ( to familiarize yourself with the mission, goals, programs, accomplishments and priorities of the organization.
The GSDI Association, along with partners and participants, has allocated resources from the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee and the GISCorps of The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), to fund a small grants program to support national or sub-national activities that foster partnerships, develop in-country technical capacity, improve data compatibility and access, and increase political support for spatial data infrastructure and earth observations application development. The GSDI is also a Participating Organization of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and encourages the registration of SDI data and services in their registry system.
These resources will be used to offer two types of grants this year:
   Cash up to 2,500 USD
   Professional Services to be determined
Professional Services will be coordinated by the GISCorps, an international initiative that offers volunteer GIS services ( It is possible to request a combination of cash and professional services.
Support may be used for technical or institutional projects, as long as tangible outputs are achieved and several institutions collaborate on the effort.  Please clearly indicate the staffing expected to perform the work and whether additional expertise from GISCorps may be useful. If GISCorps assistance is needed indicate the type that is needed. A list of typical projects follows - but this list is not exhaustive:
   Convening of national or sub-national seminars or workshops related to SDI
   Producing SDI- and EOS-related training manuals and modules (these materials must not duplicate existing materials)
   Establishing metadata and clearinghouse nodes (catalog services)
   Establishing standards-based web mapping and data access services
   Accomplishing geospatial data and/or SDI surveys or inventories
   Producing and disseminating newsletters and awareness-raising materials about SDI
   Drafting policy and legislation related to SDI
Priority will be given to projects in developing nations and countries with economies in transition. Grants can be awarded to SDI coordinating bodies (councils, committees) and GIS user groups, but the GSDI Association asks that one institution take responsibility for receiving/depositing the funds. Grants cannot be used to cover organization overhead expenses.
Proposals should include information under the following headings:

1) Title of Project/Activity

2) Focal Point Institution

3) Contact Person (business street address, phone/fax, email, and website)

4) Introduction and Background (include a description of the national or local institutional framework and what has been achieved thus far)

5) Project Description

6) Project staff including their responsibilities and skills (Indicate here whether GISCorps assistance may be needed and what staff and skills are needed.)

7) Summary of Deliverables

8) Period of Performance (time-line for overall project, deadline dates for deliverables, date of final project report to be submitted to

9) Indicate your preference for an award of cash or professional services or combination.

10) Budget (itemize how the money is to be spent or the predicated extent of services needed for specific tasks)

11) Details of additional or in-kind funds to co-finance the activity

12) List of Collaborators (with contact information)

13) Envisioned Follow-up Activities

14) Appendix: Include ONLY the Final Reports from any previous GSDI Small Grant Awards.  The application should be a single document.

Proposals must be submitted digitally to in English and should be preferably two pages in length but no more than five pages or 2500 words (excluding any appendices). Please submit your proposal as a .pdf file (or alternatively .doc, docx or .rtf file) using 12-point Times Roman or Arial font.
We anticipate funding up to 14 Grants in Cash and up to 4 Grants in Professional Services.  Grant funds will be issued as paper checks in US dollars drawn on U.S. Banks or as wire transfers.  If the recipient chooses to receive a paper check, up to $100 U.S. will be deducted from the award amount to cover the delivery charge for the check payment.  If the recipient chooses to receive funds by wire transfer, $50 U.S. will be deducted from the award amount to cover the processing costs for the wire transfer. The recipient institution will be required to provide a project report and an expense report upon completion of the project.  The GSDI Association may include excerpts of the project reports in GSDI newsletters and/or on its website. Awardees are encouraged to publish a local press release highlighting the award from the GSDI Association as well as the proposed activities, and to send copies of these to the GSDI Association.

Proposals are due on 31 October 2011.  Please e-mail them to:
Societal Impacts Committee
GSDI Association
For more information about the GSDI or to subscribe to the GSDI News List, please see  For questions about this request for proposals, please contact
Note: The Small Grants Program is intended as a benefit of "full membership" in the GSDI Association.  Because the GSDI Association is fairly young, we are making this opportunity available currently to non-members as well.  However, full members may obtain favored treatment in the instance in which two grant applications have been ranked similarly in the peer review process. Note that the annual GSDI Association membership fee for national organizations in low and very low per capita income nations may be as little as U.S. $100 or documented in-kind contributions in lieu of dues.  Please see
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