May 9th, 2014

Gävle is the best in the world for GIS according to the Geospatial World Forum

The Gävle Geospatial Business Hub has been named winner of the “Geospatial World Leadership Award 2013”, which is one of the world’s top prizes for development work within Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Gävle was awarded the prize for its long-term and sustained work with research and development (innovations) within geographic information, which has created world-leading competence in geographical information technology in the city and the surrounding region of Gävleborg. The strong concentration of expertise in geographic information, close cooperation between public and private sectors, and academia in the application and development of geographic information and the outstanding work of one of Europe's most awarded clusters, Future Position X, has made Gavle into Europe’s GIS capital.

Johan P. Bang, Business Manager at Future Position X (FPX) and Daniel Olsson, Mayor of Gävle, received the award at a ceremony at the Geospatial World Forum in Geneva on Thursday evening.

“Our patient work has paid off. There are many actors who have contributed to this, such as ESRI, Lantmäteriet (the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority), Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Vinnova, Future Position X, Region Gävleborg and Gävle municipality,” claimed Daniel Olsson.

The region has a unique and close cooperation between many actors. These partnerships have laid the foundations for new innovations in GIS.

“This prize strengthens and confirms our position as GIS experts and developers,” continues Daniel Olsson.

“Persistence has been the motto of our initiative to create the world’s best GIS city, which began in 2000. Today, we can see the fruits of our work, in the form of new businesses, international companies that establish in the region and new innovations created in collaboration between our regional actors,” says Johan P. Bang, Managing Director of FPX.

“The fact that we have received such a prestigious award is further proof that we are on the right track, and that we have built up a solid platform that raises our profile internationally. We continue to develop the cooperation between public, private and academic actors, and everyone who live and work in our fantastic region. Together, we take advantage of the opportunities and jointly create new international business and innovations in the future,” says Johan P. Bang.

The prize has been awarded since 2007 to mark the successful management of development projects with a focus on geographic information. The award relies on an independent nomination process, which is conducted by an external panel of experts. The prize is awarded in conjunction with "The Geospatial World Forum" held on 5-9 May in Geneva.

Justification for the prize:
"Gävle and the Gävleborg region, in Sweden, has developed into the GIS capital of Europe over the past 15 years, with a world-leading GIS industry and research competence. The Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority has its headquarters in Gävle, and the region has developed into an international centre for geospatial research and education in recent years. Companies such as ESRI, Metria and Swedesurvey have headquarters in Gävle, and this concentration of GIS knowledge and expertise has led regional authorities, municipal organisations and companies to become competent GIS-users to successfully improve their operations and processes."

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