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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM.  The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process.  The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes.

Object Management Group

The Object Management Group (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. Founded in 1989, OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and government agencies.

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

ISPRS,, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes international cooperation between the worldwide organizations with interests in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Established in 1910, ISPRS is the oldest international umbrella organization in its field, which may be summarized as addressing “information from imagery”.
ISPRS achieves its aims by:
-    Advancing knowledge in the areas of interest of ISPRS by encouraging and facilitating research and development, scientific networking and inter-disciplinary activities
-    Facilitating education and training with particular emphasis in less developed countries
-    Promoting public recognition of the contributions of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences for the benefit of humankind and the sustainability of the environment
The ISPRS scientific and technical programs are organized by eight Technical Commissions. Each Commission is sponsored by an ISPRS Member organization for the four-year period between Congresses. The eight Technical Commissions have established more than 60 Working Groups which are responsible for particular topics within the Commissions’ areas of responsibility. All Technical Commissions hold a Symposium within their country in 2014. Smaller workshops will be organized by the Working Groups before the 2016 Congress in Prague.

Canadian Institute of Geomatics

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics is the Canadian Not-for-Profit association that represents the interests of all groups in the geomatics community and is the Canadian member to the International Federation of Surveying (FIG), the International Society of Photogrammetry and remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO)

The principal aims of EUROGEO are to advance the status of geography by:
- organising events and activities for members
- producing publications for members
- supporting geographers in their jobs and careers
- identifying and promoting good practise
- lobbying at European and national level
- giving advice on geography
- making recommendations to decision makers
EUROGEO promotes the European dimension in geographical education as a contribution towards the development of European citizenship. By doing so, EUROGEO encourages the development of a greater European awareness through the medium of geography and increases mutual knowledge and understanding of Europe.

French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Created in 1959, the French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a scientific society administered as a not-for-profit organisation.
Its goal is to promote the advancement of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing as well in a scientific way as an industrial way, according to the different application fields of both disciplines. The society is also interested in the development of all equipment and methods which could lead to a better knowledge of the earth surface.
The different SFPT missions are : to promote all techniques related to Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, to encourage research in these fields, to develop relations with other national and international societies (mainly with ISPRS), to keep contact with universities, public departments and private companies.
Different means are used by the society : they especially consist in publishing a journal ("Revue de la SFPT") and organising scientific conferences. The SFPT journal mainly publishes papers reviewed by a scientific committee but also news about the scientific life in the society fields of interest (press and books review, scientific events calendar, ...).
SFPT is composed of support members, honorary members and ordinary members
SFPT shall host ISPRS Congress in Nice in 2020.

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) has 38 members from national and regional associations, government agencies, academia and private industry, from 20 countries. The Association also has over 400 individual members from 55 countries with a high concentration in developing nations.
GSDI supports the UN GI Working Group (UNGIWG) and UN GGIM initiatives and has Special Consultative status at the UN. We promote open data principles of GEOSS and are involved in SDI capacity building activities in developing nations via the GSDI Small Grants Program and training opportunities offered by our institutional members.
GSDI are members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies and have MoUs with the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for joint activities. The Association hosts the very successful GSDI World Conferences around the globe since 1996.

Associazione Italiana di Geografia fisica e Geomorfologia

The Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGeo), is a not-for-profit association composed of 230 members from academia and private industry, research institutions and government agencies. The objective of the Association is to promote, facilitate and coordinate physical-geographical and geomorphological researches and to promote initiatives for the training of physical geographers and geomorphologists and the dissemination of territorial and environmental culture.

Group on Earth Observations

Established in 2005, GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisions “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.” GEO Member governments include 102 nations and the European Commission, and 103 Participating Organizations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in Earth observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources world-wide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development, Water Resources Management - and make those resources available for better informed decision-making.

The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society

The mission of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is to promote the ethical application of active and passive sensors, the disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and other supporting geospatial technologies; to advance the understanding of the geospatial and related sciences; to expand public awareness of the profession; and to promote a balanced representation of the interests of government, academia, and private enterprise.

Italian Society for Photogrammetry and Topography

The Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Topography (SIFET) is a non-profit organization that promotes the diffusion of topographic and photogrammetric techniques at national and international level. It promotes international cooperation between the worldwide organizations with interests in the Geomatics activities.

Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT)

The Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT) is currently an ASSOCIATION under the Organic Law 1/2002, dated 22nd of March, and its complementary regulations, with legal status and full capacity to act, and is not for profit.
At its creation, the two existing international societies in the field were taken into account --the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the International Society of Photometry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) --both of which it represents in Spain. It was wisely decided that the society’s designation should precisely reflect the names of both these organisations to cover, at a national level, their international scope of action.


EuroSDR is a not-for-profit organisation linking National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies with Research Institutes and Universities in Europe for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.

Hexagon Geospatial

Hexagon Geospatial helps you make sense of the dynamically changing world. Hexagon Geospatial provides the software products and platforms to a large variety of customers through direct sales, channel partners and other Hexagon businesses. Hexagon Geospatial is a part of Hexagon. For more information, visit Hexagon Geospatial is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries. Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has more than 16,000 employees in 46 countries and net sales of approximately 3.0bn EUR. Learn more at and follow us @HexagonAB.

Geospatial Information and Technology Association

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is a member-led nonprofit professional education association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect North America’s infrastructure. Through industry leading conferences, research initiatives, chapters, and outreach programs, GITA provides ongoing learning and engagement opportunities for its members. Founded in 1982, it is one of the world’s oldest GIS focused associations.

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society seeks to advance science and technology in geoscience, remote sensing and related fields using conferences, education, and other resources. The fields of interest of the Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information.

ACM SIGSpatial

ACM SIGSPATIAL addresses issues related to the acquisition, management, and processing of spatially-related information with a focus on algorithmic, geometric, and visual considerations. The scope includes, but is not limited to, geographic information systems (GIS).

European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers

The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) is a global professional, not-for-profit association for geoscientists and engineers with more than 19,000 members worldwide. It provides a global network of commercial and academic professionals to all members. The association is truly multi-disciplinary and international in form and pursuits.