Governance Structure

The governance structure of the UN Open GIS Initiative comprises of Strategic Board, Co-Chairs, Secretariat, Technical Advisory Group, Requirement Advisory Group and Working Groups as follows.


Strategic Borad (SB): The Strategic Board consists of representatives from each contributor where each contributor nominates one representative to the Strategic Board and the Secretary. The Strategic Board is responsible for deciding goals, strategic planning, creation of a new working group and termination of existing working group, creation and termination of group, election of co-chairs, and appointment of the members of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).


Co-Chairs: There are three Co-Chairs, where one Co-Chair is appointed from the United Nations and two Co-Chairs are elected among the Strategic Board members. The Co-chair(s) are responsible to take the lead and the responsibility of all UN Open GIS Initiative activities, and chairs the Strategic Board meeting.


Secretariat: The Secretariat is made of representatives of the contributors and elected by the Strategic Board. The Secretariat is responsible to support the Co-Chairs and the Strategic Board as well as the activities of the UN Open GIS Initiative.


Technical Advisory Group (TAG): The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) consists of technical experts from the contributors and specialists, appointed by the Strategic Board. The TAG is responsible for the synchronization of working groups' activities and technical decisions on the UN Open GIS architecture. The SB shall  designate one group leader (or co-leaders), who organize and moderate the activities of the TAG. 


Working Group (WG) : The Working Group will be undertaking by a group of experts for each specific objective. New Working Group(s) is created by the Strategic Board for achieving the specific goal. The Strategic Board shall designate one leader (or co-leaders) for each Working Group. The leader (or co-leaders) will develop a work plan to achieve the objective. In order to effectively identify operational requirements, each Working Group shall actively engage with the user communities.


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The Founding Contributors (as of 11 March 2016):

-   Austria (Institute for Military Geography)
-   Germany (Bundeswehr Geoinformation Center, Multinational Geospatial Support Group)
-   Italy (Italian Military Geographic Institute, Italian Army General Staff, Italian National Research Council)
-   Norway (Norwegian Military Geographic Service)
-   Sri Lanka (Sri Lankan Army)
-   Republic of Korea (Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement, OpenGDS)
-   United States of America (US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, US South Command, GeoSHAPE, OpenGeo Suite)
-   United Nations (UN Headquarters/UNGIS, UNGSC, MINUSMA, UNISFA, UNMISS, UNSOS)
-   UN University
-   World Food Programme (WFP)
-   Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
-   GeoforAll (Geo4All)
-   Pusan National University, Korea

-   Politecnico di Milano, Italy



The Major Contributors (as of 1 November 2020):

-   Finland

-   Japan (Geospatial Information Authority)

-   Republic of Korea (Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement, OpenGDS)

-   United States of America (US Africa Command, GeoSHAPE)

-   United Nations (UN Headquarters/UNGIS, UNGSC, MINUSCA, MONUSCO, UNISFA, UNMISS, UNSOS, UNVMC)

-   World Food Programme (WFP)

-   Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)

-   OSGeo Japan Chapter

-   GeoforAll (Geo4All)

 -   OpenDroneMap

-   Pusan National University, Korea

-   Politecnico di Milano, Italy\

-   GeoSolutions, Italy/USA

-   Gispo, Finland



The Strategic Board members (as of 15 October 2019)

-   Alphonse Aka Attron (UNSOS)

-   Akbar Amini (UNMISS)

-   Anandavel Kannan (MINUSCA)

-   HaeKyong Kang (KRIHS; Open GDS-Korea)

-   Hidenori Fujimura (GSI-Japan; OSGeo Japan Chapter)

-   Kais Zouabi (UNGSC)

-   Ki-Joune Li (Pusan National University; OpenGDS-Korea)

-   Kyoung-Soo Eom (UNHQ/UNGIS)

-   Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico Di Milano; OSGeo)

-   Ricardo (Rick) Arias (US Africa Command; US DOD)

-   Serena Coetzee (University of Pretoria; Geo4All)

-   Zahurul Islam (MONUSCO)



The Co-Chairs

-   Ki-Joune Li (Since 11 March 2016)

-   Kyoung-Soo Eom (Since 30 August 2016)

-   Maria A. Brobelli (Since 11 Dec 2019)

      * Resigned: Ricardo Arias (1 March 2017 - 10 Dec 2019)


The Secretariat

-   HaeKyong Kang from Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (Secretary)

-   Timur Obukhov from UNHQ (Assistant Secretary) 


The Working Groups are created as follows:

-   Working Group 1 – Hybrid GIS Infrastructure (16 October 2019): 

       Timur Obukhov, Francesco Stompanato, HaeKyong Kang, Luis Bermudez

   -   Working Group 2 – Capacity Building (11 March 2016): 

       Maria Antonia Brovelli, Diego Gonzalez (Deputy Chair)

   -   Working Group 3 – Geo-Analysis (11 March 2016): 

       Hae-Kyong Kang, Timur Obukhov (Deputy Chair)

   -   Working Group 4 – Field Data Collection (11 March 2016): 

       Ki-Joune Li, Anandavel Kanan (Deputy Chair)

   -   Working Group 5 – Geo-AI (16 October 2019): 

       Tomas Logar, Zhongxin Chen.