VALID Booklet Launch

On 3 September 2013, ICSU-GeoUnions, JBGIS and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER presented a new report which shows the economic, humanitarian and organizational benefits of applying Geoinformation to disaster management.

The report "The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID): Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment" was edited by headed Orhan Altan and a team of Editors (Robert Backhaus, Piero Boccardo, Fabio Giulio Tonolo, John Trinder, Niels van Manen, Sisi Zlatanova). The publication aims to raise awareness and to help set priorities in research and development.

The VALID report is a follow-up publication to the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER published ‘Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices’, a compilation of case studies that provides information on what can be done with Geoinformation in support of disaster and risk management – methods, systems, applications, experiences.

It analyses cases and offers an expert stakeholder assessment. Speakers at the presentation included Mazlan Othman (Director of UNOOSA), Orhan Altan (Istanbul Technical University-ISPRS 1st VP), George Gartner (PR of ICA and representative of JBGIS), Alik Ismail-Zadeh (SG of IUGG and representative of ICSU GeoUnions) as well as Robert Backhaus and Luc St-Pierre (UN-SPIDER).

The publication can be downloaded freely at low resolution (9MB) or at full resolution (30MB)