Statistical and Geospatial Framework of the Americas (MEGA)
The Statistical and Geospatial Framework of the Americas (MEGA) Project is developed within the framework of the United Nations Regional Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management for the Americas (UN-GGIM: Americas), for the integration of statistical and geospatial information .
The MEGA defines an information infrastructure composed of statistical and geospatial information, which must be connected and conceptually integrated, that is, it connects the geospatial information with the statistics that describe the socioeconomic and environmental attributes. The MEGA will allow the integration of statistical and geospatial information in a unified manner for the region with common principles and standards, strengthening the dissemination for decision-making.
The MEGA is fully aligned with the five principles established by the Global Statistical and Geographic Framework developed by the global expert group for the integration of statistical and geospatial information and which deal with access and use, interoperability, provision through common geographies and georeferencing.
The version 1.0 of the MEGA conformed by:
Level 1 – Corresponding to the country
Level 2 – Corresponding to the next territorial level after country
Level 3 – Next territorial level after level 2
- V10 Standardization Document for Geospatial and Statistical Information - MEGA 1.0
- MEGA VERSION 1.0 IMPLEMENTATION REPORT< /a>
Regional SDI Dashboards
Having this information makes it possible to understand the gaps that the countries of the region have in the production and use of geospatial information and, in turn, makes it possible to focus on the components that require more assistance to address regional development in these areas.
- Terms of Reference (TDR) for the Caribbean Geospatial Development Initiative (CARIGEO)
- Termes de Référence pour l'Initiative de Développement Géospatiale des Caraïbes (CARIGEO)
CARIGEO Student Competition
The #YourCaribbeanStory contest, co-sponsored by UN-GGIM: Americas, CARIGEO and Esri: encourages college students ages 18 and older to create and share stories about the Caribbean through GIS.
- Bulletin 2022
- CARIGEO 2022 Student Competition: Your Caribbean Story | Winners Announced!
Webinar #4 Caribbean Geoportal - Good decisions need good data… a look at best practices on data sharing – September 21, 2021
Webinar #3 – Geographical names standardization supporting national development
- CARIGEO Invitation 2021
- Concept note & Agenda
- Introductory statement and setting the scene - Cecille Blake
- Geographical names standardization supporting national development
- Presentations - Johnny Jakobsen & Peter Gammeltoft
Webinar #2 – Leveraging the Caribbean GeoPortal for Disaster Planning and Management
CARIGEO Webinar “Webinar #1 Caribbean GeoPortal for Users” – April 21, 2021
CARIGEO presentations at some events
- AMERIGEO Week 2022
- Expanding Data Democracy for Disaster Resilience: UN-GGIM WG Disasters & UN-GGIM-Americas CariGEO
- MACHC Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Working Group (MMSDIWG) Meeting
- Sustainable urbanization: bridging the digital divide, from knowledge to action
Workshop “The GIS process and geospatial analysis” October 7-8, 2019
- Caribbean GeoSpatial Development Initiative WORKSHOP
- Country Perspectives: Status of GIS within Jamaica
Digital Earth of the Americas
A vision to provide critical Earth observation information and capacity building to benefit the Americas.
With the support and participation of key stakeholders and a proven ODC implementation approach, it is possible to bring together users from the Americas region to create an open, sovereign and operational knowledge network at the country level in data analysis, use and management of evidence-based policies, decisions and actions.
Earth observations have demonstrated the ability to support local and national decision-making, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a series of successful Open Data Cube (ODC) country-level initiatives around the world. . More recently this has been demonstrated at the regional level with Digital Earth Africa. The demand of the countries and the different national implementations (Mexico, Colombia and Brazil) have shown that the Americas are ready for a similar path.
While data and technology are available from many sources around the world, there are still significant challenges with data access and preparation, and capacity building. The key to realizing this vision and achieving success is having interested and active stakeholders, and a sustainability plan. To date, we know that the following groups are interested and willing to contribute: UN-ECLAC, Geo Secretariat, UNGGIM-Americas, AmeriGEO, CARIGEO, SICA, GIZ Mexico, INEGI, GPSDD, CEPEI, CEOS, CSIRO-Chile and the Bank World. In addition to these, we also know that several countries in the region have developed experience in the use and application of remote sensing and could support the development of capacities for other countries; the list includes Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Chile. With the combination of institutional and national partners it is possible to expand the impact and benefit of Earth observations for all users in the Americas region and maintain this effort in the future.
Similar to the approach used in Africa, it is proposed that this effort start with a few small prototype projects focused on specific countries and use cases. With the success of these prototypes it will be possible to explore expanded efforts for other countries, attract donor funds, and develop a sustainable long-term plan for the Americas region.
EARTH OBSERVATION WORKSHOPS CYCLE
Virtual workshop #2 - Thursday, July 29, 2021
Data cubes: different tools for each need
Virtual workshop #1 - Thursday, April 15, 2021 Value and challenges of using earth observation data
Side Event on Earth Observations for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Region of the Americas
- Colombia - Juan Guillermo Gil García, Architect - Secretariat of Infrastructure, Risaralda Governorate
- Brazil - Claudio Stenner, Director - Geosciences, IBGE
- Costa Rica - Rafael Monge, Director - National Center for Environmental Information
- Mexico - Jimena Juárez, Chief - Department of Analysis and Management of Subsystems, INEGI
- Observation Toolkit of Earth for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements - Argyro Kavvada, Leader - Sustainable Development Goals NASA Headquarters, Earth Sciences Division
- Regional Open Data Cube - Brian Killough, Chief – CEOS, Office of Systems Engineering at NASA Langley Research Center
On September 9, 2020, a joint session was held between UN-GGIM: Americas and AmeriGEO, with the aim of strengthening and improving collaboration between both organizations on the use of Earth Observation, geospatial information and statistics. UN-GGIM: Americas and AmeriGEO Member States collaborated prior to the Joint Session through three working groups to identify those common objectives and activities in three main dimensions: i) communication, cooperation and coordination, ii) capacity building and iii) data, information sharing and knowledge. As a result of the joint session, the “AGUASCALIENTES DECLARATION, Better together: Geospatial Information for decision-making in the Americas” was signed.
Meeting in the City of Santiago de Chile 2016
At this meeting the Joint Action Plan 2016-2020 was signed.
- Minuta , June 2016, Santiago de Chile
- In June 2016, the signed in the City of Santiago de Chile the Joint Action Plan 2016-2020