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Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography
Background
In Tokyo, Japan on October 29, 1974, according to the joint statement of the 4th Korea-Japan Science Minister Meeting on May 1, 1974, the National Construction Research Institute in the Ministry of Construction of Korea and the Geographical Survey Institute in the Ministry of Construction of Japan signed an agreement to organize a Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy to promote technical cooperation between Korea and Japan.

Since a new plan to organize the Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Cartography was launched at the 6th Korea-Japan Science Minister Meeting in 1993 and an agreement to expand the conference to include cartography was signed in Tsukuba, Japan on February 15, 1996, the Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography has been held up to the 36th conference in 2009.
Conference Formation
The membership of the conference consists of three delegates from each country: Each manager of the Geodesy Division, Geospatial Imagery Information & Photogrammetry Division, and Geographic Information Division of the National Geography Information Institute (NGII) in the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on the Korean side; and the Director of Planning Department, Planning Manager of Geodetic Department, and Managing Manager of Geocartographic Department of the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on the Japanese side. The executive office for the conference is managed by the Geodesy Division of the NGII and the International Affairs, the Planning Department of the GSI.
Conference Operation
The conference shall be held once per year, and the hosting of the conference shall rotate between the two countries.
History
May 1, 1974
Agreed to organize the Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy as part of the joint statement of the 4th Korea-Japan Science Minister Meeting
October 29, 1974
Held the 1st Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy in Tokyo, Japan
February 2, 1993
Launched a new plan to organize the Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Cartography at the meeting of the 6th Korea-Japan Science & Technology Cooperation Committee
June 15, 1993
Agreed to merge the Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and the Conference for Cooperation in Cartography into one and rename it the Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography, at the 20th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy
March 3, 1994
Reported the discussed agendas of the Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography at the meeting of the 7th Korea-Japan Science & Technology Cooperation Committee
June 14, 1994
Agreed on the purpose, the name, and the formation of the new conference at the 21st Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography
October-November, 1995
Conducted a precise distance investigation through a Very Large Baseline Interferometer (VLBI), and carried out research on the plates change between Korea and Japan since March 1995
February 15, 1996
Signed an agreement on the Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography between the NGI in the Ministry of Construction and Transportation of Korea and the GSI in the Ministry of Construction of Japan
June 5, 1998
Held the 25th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography, at the GSI in Tsukuba, Japan
March 1999
Japanese technicians visited the NGII to operate the GPS Earth Observation Network System and measure absolute gravity
October 31, 2003
Held the 30th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography at the NGII in Korea, and agreed to expand fields of cooperation (including geospatial information) and to revise the agreement at the next conference
December 1, 2004
Held the 31st Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the GSI in Tsukuba, Japan
November 8, 2005
Held the 32nd Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the NGII in Korea
June 27, 2006
Held the 33rd Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the GSI in Tsukuba, Japan
September 20, 2007
Held the 34th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the NGII in Korea and discussed the exchange of Korean and Japanese technicians to acquire knowledge for the operation of VLBI
November 26, 2008
Held the 35th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the GSI in Tsukuba, Japan
December 20, 2009
Held the 36th Korea-Japan Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy at the NGII in Korea and discussed the NGII technicians´ visit to the GSI in Japan to acquire technology related to the absolute gravity meter and earth's magnetic field measurement
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Korea-China Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography
Background
The President of the National Geography Institute of Korea (NGI, the predecessor of the NGII) and the Director General of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping of China (SBSM) discussed organization of the Korea-China Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography at the 13th UN Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia & the Pacific (UNRCC-AP, held from May 9 to 18, 1994, in Beijing). As a follow-up to this discussion, five delegations led by Huang Yungang, Deputy Director of SBSM came to Korea on November 12, 1994 and visited the Korean Association of Surveying and Mapping, Korea Cadastral Survey Corp., Chung-ang Aerosurvey CO., Ltd, Han-jin Geography Information CO., Ltd, PANASIA Engineering CO., Ltd, and Ssangyong Information & Communication Corp., to decide whether to promote cooperative projects. After discussion between the two agencies, Jang Gye-seong, President of the NGI of Korea and Jin Xiang-wen, Director of General of the SBSM of China signed an MOU for Korea-China cooperation in surveying and science & technology of cartography during meetings from July 10 to16, 1995, in Beijing.
  • Korea-China Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography Korea-China Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography
Purpose
The purpose of the conference is to encourage goodwill through technology cooperation between the two countries and to promote technology development, market opening and globalization through the exchange of technology and information. The conference is to endeavor to achieve the following objectives:
To accelerate globalization and market opening through international technology cooperation
To exchange technology information about geodesy and cartography
To educate, train, and exchange technicians for the development of geodesy technology
To cooperate in researching GPS, SLR, VLBI, and the determination of geoid
To gather information for the survey of the Korean/Chinese border
To gather information about the North Korean surveying system
To try to find ways for Korean geodesy and cartography companies to advance into the Chinese market
Korea-Russia Conference for Cooperation in Geodesy and Cartography
Background
When Director General Piskurin, of the International Department in the Federal Service of Geodesy and Cartography of Russia (ROSKART) came to Korea to participate in the exhibition of Russian products in May 1990, in Seoul, he visited the NGI to talk about mutual interests and the necessity of technology cooperation in geodesy and cartography between the two countries. In the following August, the head of the Russian agency officially invited the President and delegates of the NGI to have an in-depth discussion about the aforementioned matters.

Gang Yun-mo, the then President of the NGI, Kim Won-ik, Manager of the Aerosurvey Division, and Im Jae-yong, Development Officer of the Geodesy Division visited Moscow and Leningrad for a week (from November 10 to 16). They went to the ROSKART, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Geodesy Office in Moscow, the Mine Geodesy Office in Leningrad, the North West Geodesy Office, the Cartography Center in Moscow, and the National Research and Production Center, to exchange opinions with high-level officials. As a result the NGI and the ROSKART signed an MOU to expand cooperation in geodesy and cartography on November 16 of the same year.
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Korea-Iran Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information
Background
At the symposium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Korea-Iran diplomatic ties and Meeting of Experts of GIS held from October 29 to November 5, 2002, Iran suggested exchange and cooperation in geographic information system (GIS) between the NGI of Korea (currently NGII) and the National Cartographic Center of Iran (NCC). The two Korean delegations-Kim Yeong-hwan, President of the NGI, and Yi Ha-jun, Geodesy Junior Official-participated in Geomatics 2003 from May 9, 2003 to 13, hosted by the NCC to make presentations, and signed an MOU for the cooperation in geographic information between the two countries. In addition, the GIS center at Teheran City Hall asked Korean private enterprises to take part in its six projects.
  • Korea-Iran Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information Korea-Iran Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information
Korea-Cambodia Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information
Background
The Cambodian delegation led by Im Chhun Lim, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, visited Korea in February 2000 and asked the Minister of Construction or Korea for technical assistance. The Ministry of Land Management of Cambodia requested the NGII to organize the Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information in May 2001. As a follow-up, the NGII asked the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to support this project as an international cooperation program, and the agency carried out a field survey in 2002. After the exchange of a verbal note between the two governments in August 2003, the Korea Geographic Information Cooperative was selected as the promoter of the project in the following October, and the Cooperative launched it.
  • Visit of high officials from the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management Visit of high officials from the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management
Korea-Vietnam Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information
Background
The 3rd Korea-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology was held on July 23, 2004, at a meeting room of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The Korean delegation was led by Im Sang-gyu, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Korea, and the Vietnamese delegation was headed by Le Dinh Tien, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam. At the meeting, science and technology policies of the two countries were introduced and cooperative measures across the field of science and technology were discussed including Korea-Vietnam joint research programs, invitation of best foreign trainees, and support for post-doctoral training. In particular, Korea proposed cooperation in the field of survey and GIS to serve as a springboard for the development of Vietnam and Korean companies´ advancement into the Vietnamese market. With this as a basis, the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology of Korea and the Water Research Institute of Vietnam signed an MOU for cooperation in various fields, such as exchange of scientists and technicians and research programs.
  • Visit of high officials of Vietnam to the NGII Visit of high officials of Vietnam to the NGII
Korea-Algeria Conference for Cooperation in Geographic Information
Background
The Algerian delegation led by Brahim Atoui, Director General of the Committee of National Geographic Information (CNGI) visited the NGII in November 2005 and discussed mutual interests in relation to surveying and cartography. At the UN Conference on Geographical Names in September 2007, the President of the NGII discussed Korea-Algeria mutual cooperation with the Algerian side. After two meetings to create a letter of intent at the NGII and the CNGI, the two sides signed an MOU at the NGII on February 1, 2010. Under the framework of the MOU for cooperation in science & technology in the field of geographic information and cartography, the two countries decided to collaborate in various fields of surveying and cartography, such as geodesy technology, gravity technology, cartography technology, aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing technology. In addition, the two sides agreed to support exchange of scientists and technicians and cooperate in many international seminars and activities in international organizations.