Anticipating the obvious and growing importance of geoinformation for disaster and risk management a separate group of researchers, professionals and vendors have begun a worldwide discussion on collection, management, analysis, sharing and visualization of geo-information. The Gi4DM is coordinated by the ISPRS Ad hoc Committee on Risk and Disaster Management, Working Group 1 (Disaster) of the ISPRS Commission VIII (Remote Sensing and Policies) and Working Group 8 (3D Spatial Data Integration for Disaster Management and Environmental Monitoring) of the ISPRS Commission IV (Geodatabases and Digital Mapping).

Five editions of these symposia have taken place in Delft, The Netherlands, March 2005, in Goa, India, September 2006, in Toronto, Canada, May 2007, in Harbin, China, February 2008 and in Prague, Czech Republic, January 2009. The fundamental goal of the symposia was to begin a dialogue on the disaster management problems in their entirety by considering geospatial technologies applicable for emergency and disaster management, as well as particular user requirements for spatial data and standards.

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