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This year's seventh annual conference on GIS in city and regional planning was held at the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies (MIAS) of Czech Technical University in Prague on 31 October 2023 . It was co-organized by the Czech Association for Geoinformation (CAGI) and the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies. This year, for the first time, participants could follow the conference, in addition to the presentation form, also online via the MS Teams platform. Both options were used by about 30 participants from public administration, state administration and professional companies.

A short introduction and welcome to the participants was given by the Chairman of the Conference Programme Committee Ing. Pavel Struha. This was followed by a speech of the Head of the Institute of Public Administration and Regional Studies of the MÚVS CTU doc. Ing. arch. Vladimíra Šilhánková, Ph.D., who introduced the participants to the focus and study programmes of the Institute. Subsequently, the chairman of CAGI doc. Ing. Karel Janečka, Ph.D. gave a brief description of the association, which is a professional platform bringing together entities operating in the fields of spatially oriented information systems and relevant information technologies. Both speakers expressed their wish for further cooperation in organizing the GISPLAN conference in the future. This year's main theme of the conference was Map Portals for Public Administration

The morning lecture block was opened by Mgr. Jan Zvara, Ph.D. from the Brno City Hall with a presentation of the GEO/data portal of the City of Brno, focused on the presentation and provision of open data from its own data sources as well as from the sources of other public administration providers. Reflections on the topics of how to work with data and the trustworthiness of data and sources were beneficial. The City of Brno Municipality provides very attractive datasets, enabling various user analyses.

This year, for the first time, we welcomed a representative of the investment and development agency CIRI from the Hradec Králové Region. Mgr. Tomáš Merta presented map applications and data portal as a signpost of participating organizations from the whole region. The portal contains a wide range of data from the areas of spatial planning, local development, investment, economy and labour market, transport and other topics. All on an easy to read platform with unified design.

The Vysočina Region spatial planning portal was presented by Mgr. Jirásek from the regional office. He presented a map atlas containing zoning plans, the Principles of Territorial Development (ZUR) of the Region and Territorial Analytical Documents (ÚAP) and other application modules - Registry of ÚAP, Registry of legally binding declarations by authorities and a platform for spatial data download. Georeports - extracts of spatial planning data over the selected territory - are included as well.

The morning lecture block was closed by Ing. Arnošt Müller from the State Land Office (SPÚ) by introducing the geoportal containing SPÚ geodata - elements of land management. Water management structures, BPEJ and real estate offers for lease/sale.  He paid special attention to the plans of common facilities and their standardization. A refreshment break was followed by an afternoon lecture session.

Ing. Petr Schiller from the Hradec Králové City Council presented a major investment project of the city - the Intelligent Transport System (IDS), as one of the "building blocks" of a smart city. He presented in detail all the elements from traffic management with emphasis on the preferences of some participants (public transport, IZS) through dispatching and data collection equipment for subsequent evaluation and analysis. We expect the publication of a platform providing aggregated data from traffic density, parking system and other statistical data. The controversy whether the ITS is sufficiently "User Friendly" and contributes sufficiently to the improvement of the quality of life of residents was contributed by Ing. Martin Maštálka, Ph.D. from CTU MÚVS. A wide discussion developed around this topic.

This was followed by a lecture by a representative of CAGI's strategic partner - Ing. Vladimír Špaček from Hexagon. The company is, among other activities, dedicated to 3D modelling of territories and specifically BIM systems and presents a complete digital reality system, applicable inr intelligent planning of investment activities. For this purpose, among other things, artificial intelligence is used as a new trend in geoinformatics.

Ing. Petr Dvořáček from the Institute of Geodesy presented news from their production, partly influenced by the development of legislation, as well as the requirements of modern times to provide an increasing range of open data. The data dispensing systems are adapted to this. He explained the essence of some changes in the series of scale versionsof the State Map Series - the Basic Topographic Series, the transfer of a large number of datasets to the open data system and introduced a new product - the Basic Topographic Map 1:5 000.

The conference programme concluded with the traditional workshop, this year on the topic of the Statistical Geoportal of the Czech Statistical Office, represented by Mgr. Štěpán Moravec and his colleague. After a very detailed presentation introducing the technology and architecture of the system, individual components and applications, there were practical demonstrations. The data sources of the portal come from the 2021 Census of Population, Houses and Flats and form the basis of the Statistical Atlas. The Commuting application Dojížďka allows not only to visualize different inbound / outbound commuting  breakdowns, but also to reduce the information to a display of dominant streams, which brings more clarity to the website. Statistical Georeports are also new, providing data from address points defined in a user-selected way based on basic units - one kilometre grids. The conference ended with the closing remarks of the Chairman of the Programme Committee.

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