2023 UN Open GIS Joint Workshop


Open GIS for Peace and Humanity


UN Open GIS Initiative & Korea National Defense Digital Twin Research Team

Date & Venue

  • Date : November 29, 2023, 13:10 PM ~ 6:00 PM (KST)
  • Venue : Baseurak Hall, Seoul Citizens Hall


  • Promoting cases where Open GIS and FOSS4G are crucially utilized for defense,
  • global peacekeeping, and humanitarian activities, while gathering opinions.
  • Discussing the future roles and prospects of Open GIS and FOSS4G in this field.


Wednesday, 29 November 2023
13:10 – 15:05Session 1 – Opening and Open GIS Strategy for UN and Governments
(Chair: Ki-Joune Li)
13:10 – 13:25Opening Remark by Co-chairs: Ki-Joune Li and Maria A. Brovelli
Welcoming Address by Seoul Metropolitan Government, Miyeon Seo
Welcoming Address by Ministry of Defense, Korea
13:25 – 13:45Overview on UN Open GIS Initiative by Kyoung-Soo Eom
13:45 – 14:05UN Maps by Diego Gonzalez Ferreiro
14:05 – 14:25Open Source Software Operation in GSI Japan by Soichiro Takesaki
14:25 – 14:45Geospatial Analysis for Defense Digital Twins by Sanghee Shin
14:45 – 15:05 Hybrid GIS Platform by Timur Obukhov
15:05 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:00Session 2 – UN Open GIS
(Chair: Kyoung-Soo Eom)
16:00 – 16:20Open Geo-AI for UN by Maria A. Brovelli
16:20 – 16:40OpenDroneMap and 3D for UN by Stephan Mather
16:40 – 17:00 UN Smart Maps by Hidenori Fujimura
17:00 – 17:20 What Next for UN Open GIS Initiative? by Ki-Joune Li
17:20 – 18:00Discussion (Chair: Ki-Joune Li)
17:20 – 18:00With all speakers and audience
18:30 – 21:30Invited Dinner (to be announced)


Officials of UN, Government officials of Ministry of National Defense, Open GIS users and policy managers, developers, researchers, students, and more.

Key Participants and Presenters

  • Eom, Kyung-Soo Chief of UN Geospatial Information Section
  • Diego Gonzalez Ferreiro UN Service for Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies, UN Open GIS Capacity Building & UN Maps
  • Timur Obukhov UN Geospatial Information Service Officer, UN Open GIS Hybrid GIS Platform Working Group & Image Intelligence
  • Maria Brovelli Professor at Polytechnic University of Milan, Co-Chair of UN Open GIS Initiative
  • LI, Ki-Joune Professor at Pusan National University, Co-Chair of UN Open GIS Initiative
  • Hidenori Fujimura Director of a division of the National Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, UN Open GIS Smart Maps Working Group
  • Stephen Mather President and Executive Director of OpenDroneMap, UN Open GIS OpenDroneMap Working Group
  • Shin, Sanghee CEO of Gaia3D, Lead Researcher for Defense Digital Twin Technology Development for Terrain Analysis
  • Lee, Minpa CEO of Mango System, Research Team for Defense Digital Twin Technology Development for Terrain Analysis
  • Department Heads or Chiefs from the Ministry of National Defense