The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.
This initiative, in December 2015, has published the second edition of the report entitled „Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision“. The first edition of the same publication was published in 2011.
The report represents the opinions of leading experts in the geospatial domain on the future development of the area. Report provides a strategic view of the geospatial domain and technological and social trends that will affect the geospatila sector in the next 5 to 10 years.
New trends that are included in the report are smart cities, artificial intelligence, internal positioning and mapping, integrated statistical and geospatial information.
The report for 2016 aims to show all the countries and governments that location is important, that the geospatial information are an integral part of the country, the city and that the investment in geospatial information will generate return that is much higher than invested.
You can find more about UN GGIM on theirs official web pages.