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The use of public geodata in environmental matters is continuously increasing worldwide. Geodata is of great importance in many sectors of society and has many applications including forestry planning, environmental analysis, transport planning, directing and managing emergency and rescue services and total defense (Jönsson, 2008). Within commercial, governmental and research institutions many geo-applications are being developed in order to make it easier to carry out our daily activities.
Current EU developments have led to a growth in both the number of transboundary cooperation projects and the need for transboundary geospatial analyses in cross-border regions (Garnter et al. 2009). However, cross-border geodata on a European level is not yet accessible. Availability and usability of heterogeneous geodata have a substantial impact on success and efficiency of cross-border mapping (Witschas, 2005).
Having access to shared and actualized geodata can assist decision makers, like in public health and security, to solve those cross-border issues which have an impact on the European environment. This is not possible without geodata harmonization across Europe. Data harmonization is about creating the possibility to combine data from heterogeneous sources into integrated, consistent and unambiguous information products, in a way that is of no concern to the end-user (esdi-humboldt.eu, 2010). However, most, if not all, member states within the EU have local standards for geodata which makes sharing data across borders tremendously difficult.
This paper will address recently gained knowledge and skills for the realization of harmonizing Dutch national geodata conform INSPIRE data themes and making this data available through web-services as standardized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), namely the Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS). Within this approach, two specific themes from INSPIRE Annex I (version 3.0) were examined: a) Addresses (AD) and b) Cadastral Parcels (CP), using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) within the Dutch Land Registry and Mapping Agency (the Dutch Kadaster).
Submission Type: Oral Presentation and paper for IJSDIR Submission Track: New and Evolving tools and technologies
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