Needham, Mass., 15 February 2010 – The GSDI 12 World Conference will take place in the garden city of Singapore from 19 to 22 October 2010. The Partners in organizing this conference include the GSDI Association (, Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific ( (PCGIAP) and Singapore Land Authority ( (SLA).

The theme for GSDI 12 is “Realising Spatially Enabled Societies.” This conference will explore the complementary roles of government, private industry and the academic community in realizing better means for sharing geographic data and technologies and developing improved location-based services for meeting real world needs.

Santiago Borrero, the Secretary General of the Pan American Institute for Geography and History said:  “The GSDI Conference is an excellent forum for networking and learning about spatial data infrastructures with experts from around the globe.  Each year the conference emphasizes the latest advancements and challenges in leveraging the power of geospatial information and technologies for decision makers worldwide to enhance decision making related to important social, environmental and economic issues.”

The 12th GSDI Conference will also host the annual meeting of the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP), represented by 56 nations in the region.

The GSDI Association is accepting paper abstracts until 1 April 2010.  The deadline for workshop proposals is 22 February 2010.  Click on “Call for Papers” and “Workshops” at for submission guidelines.  Please also visit the GSDI 12 conference website to review information on speakers, the full conference program, and registration and accommodations in Singapore.

The GSDI Association is an inclusive group of organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.