The digital economy is an important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth with a huge potential for both the private and public sector.
In this new economy, digital networking, global positioning and communication infrastructures provide a global platform over which people and organizations devise strategies, interact, communicate, collaborate and search for information.
New digital trends such as cloud computing, social media, mobile web services, smart grids, the growing availability and use of remote sensing and positioning data, the Internet of Things and concepts like 'Open' and 'Big' data are radically changing the traditional digital economy landscape of e-business, e-commerce and its supporting infrastructure.
One key connectivity enabler for such businesses is the widespread adoption of smartphones, satnavs, mobile computing and the millions of sensors and chips that fuel the Internet of Things capable to provide information on their location and properties.
Against these developments, the business model of INSPIRE stands over a decade old. Its value proposition based on the concepts of a Spatial Data Infrastructure through which the European Union agreed in 2007 to align the business models of its public sector information-sharing community to deliver better value for its customers. This community is implementing step-wise over a period of more than ten years the INSPIRE value proposition existing of a framework of policies - coordination and institutional arrangements, as well as harmonised interoperable data and services based on international standards that together would facilitate the creation, exchange, and use of spatial data and related information resources across their community.
As such, also INSPIRE acts as a key connectivity enabler by providing the location framework for the more static 'Internet of spatial features'. It provides access to location and properties as well as core vocabularies and unique identifiers for buildings, addresses, transport networks, utility and production facilities and all kinds of geographical, geophysical, statistical and environmental data related to such spatial features covering an area or location.
Intuitively, this makes INSPIRE potentially a key spatial enabler of the EU's digital economy and contributor to the EU's sustainable growth agenda through its environmental priority focus. It should allow connecting the data collected through the millions of mobile devices and sensors to the more static spatial data and information relevant for the businesses and core tasks of both the public and private sector. Not only to put them on the map, but also by providing the context on which all kinds of e-businesses with a focus on localised information exchange (governmental, health, transport, environment, agriculture, energy, risk management, security…) and e-commerce services can build and innovate.
General objectives of the thematic plenaries
The three thematic plenary sessions of this conference will focus on how INSPIRE can live up to this potential.
In those plenary sessions, speakers from the INSPIRE customer, implementing and partner communities will share their views and engage in a debate involving the audience on the state-of-play, relevancy and added-value of the INSPIRE business model value proposition against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving digital economy and policy landscape.
This business model thinking will in addition guide the panellist and audience to reflect on the different customer segments, their demand and how they can be reached most effectively. It should stimulate reflections on business model issues such as the effectiveness of the INSPIRE key activities, the needed resources, costs structures, expected benefits, revenues and partnership relationships.