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Geoinformation Management and Modern Map Production: aspects you hardly consider

The technological perspective of modern map production involves IT architects, programmers, designers, GI professionals and cartographers. The domains and their knowledge accumulate for the use cases of spatial data acquisition, spatial data mining, spatial information creation and processing as well as geodesign. Whenever one is concerned with geoinformation management and map production procedures, questions for appropriate technologies arise. Is an aimed IT structure good for production? Can the sources be used, combined and analysed? Does the resulting geovisualisation reach the communication aim?

Service-Oriented Mapping is one possible paradigm to embed big data and distributed sources in modern map production, without owning the sources. This architecture requires specific tools and procedures in order to be stable and reliable. Beside the technological structures, the aspects of supply chain and GIS capability maturity provide powerful tools to make modern geoinformation management successful, but are hardly considered.


The map production path is followed from establishing the production plans and how it fits within the organisation (Plan); identifying the sources of data, the acquisition of the data (Source); the creation of the various maps or geospatial data (Make); and to the final product (Deliver).  Faulty data and maps or the maintenance thereof are dealt with the return process (Return). The production path is based on supply chains and supply chain management using the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model as a guideline. The aim of this part of the workshop is to illustrate the use of supply chains and supply chain management to guide the production of maps or geospatial data.


A program assessment evaluates a program's operations and helps managers redirect resources to improve performance. The URISA GMI GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) assessment tool and service enables organization to evaluate, visualize, and compare the capability maturity of their GIS programs and operations and understand which areas need improvement. In this workshop section we will discuss and demonstrate the use and results of the GISCMM tool and service.




This workshop intended to enhance knowledge in

  • considering Supply Chain perspectives for modern map production,

  • using GIS capability maturity models for improving management performances in geoinformation management and

  • technological aspects for establishing decentralized service-oriented mapping architectures.


This workshop was a joint activity by the ICA commission on map production and geoinformation management and the Geoinformation Management Institute/URISA.


Peter Schmitz, CSIR South Africa

Rebecca Somers, URISA USA

Markus Jobst, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


July, 1st 2017


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

Proposed Content


09:30 - 10:00 Registration/arrival


10:00 - 10:15 Welcome


10:15 - 12:15 Hands-on workshop by Dr Markus Jobst
Service-Oriented Mapping - Map Production on the basis of decentralized sources and its business cases. Hands-On SOMAP: establishing a spatial data infrastructure node and geoportal.
[SLIDES of this session, ~30MB]
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12:15 - 13:30 Lunch


13:30 - 15:00 Workshop presentation/hands-on by URISA
Geospatial Management and the GI capability maturity model.


15:00 - 15:10 Coffee/Tea break


15:10 - 17:10 Workshop presentation by Dr Peter Schmitz.
Keeping map production frameworks operational - supply chain methodology in action. /closing with a showcase of examples



A workshop on "collaborative mapping" will be held as preconference event for GIS Africa in September 2018.


 Book on Service Oriented Mapping



World Bank Atlas