INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

LMO Description
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    The Netherlands
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>National Mapping Agency for infrastucture (roads, railways, waterways, airports) and elevation (NAP).</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is responsible for mobility policy in the Netherlands and for protection against floods or falling water tables. The knowledge in these areas is actively propagated via forms of collaboration with other countries. In addition, the ministry has various responsibilities at European level. The ministry’s main tasks can be classified as follows: Traffic Traffic via roads, waterways and railways, and by air. Traffic is an ever-present feature of our everyday lives. Water Clean water in the rivers, lakes and the sea. The use of water to prevent falling water tables, as well as protection against high water levels. The directorate-general (DG) for public Works and Water Management (RWS) resorts under the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in The Netherlands. With a headcount of 12.000 and a yearly budget of € it is by far the greatest DG within the ministry. RWS is responsible for maintaining and administering the main roads and waterways. Rijkswaterstaat is reponsible for dry feet, sufficient and clear water and roads and waterways and safe traffic in The Netherlands. The department of Geo-information and ICT (AGI) services the directorate in the execution of its primary tasks. AGI is the specialist agency responsible for research and consultancy services regarding Geo-information (technology) and information- and communication Technology. AGI supports Rijkswaterstaat by supplying products and services consisting of: Consultancy ICT, Standards and system architectures, development ICT infrastructure, support information systems and networks, graphics and multimedia. Related to geo-information AGI is offering consultancy and services on mapping, geodetic support (surveying, deformation measurements, support for constructing), data collecting through Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and GPS, geo-information services and geo data infrastructures, geographical analysis (GIS) and presentation (Virtual Reality). Map production activities consist of: · Thematic GI-products (e.g. vegetation maps); · Maintaining NAP: the national height datum in the Netherlands; · Digital Topographical Maps of main roads and waterways ; · Digital Terrain Models · Dune profiles, obstacle detection, et cetera. · Actual Height Model of the Netherlands.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    The Netherlands
    Societal Sector: 
    central government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    In 2003 the AGI received commission by RWS to realize by a proof-of-concept Geo Data Infrastructure. The proof-of-concept was realized end of 2003, and was denoted as Geoservices. The main characteristics of Geoservices are that it is based on OpenGIS services architecture and OGC-based standards and built with Open Source software service components and software products. Further development of the proof-of-concept has resulted in an operational Geodata portal as part of a Geographical Data Infrastructure (GDI), offering employees to search, find and use geodata via this central portal. It is be quite similar to the Canadian and US one-stop portals and INSPIRE portal development. In 2004 of a transactional web feature service for (mobile) browser clients was developed together with Ionic Software and the technical university of Delft. Therefore since 2003 AGI has gained experiences with several OGC-based concepts and their implementation in products of different vendors. The following concepts and services have been adopted and/of addressed in de Geo Data Infrastructure of Rijkswaterstaat and the Rijkswaterstaat Geoservices portal: · Web Map Service (WMS) [ISO 19128] & Cascading WMS · Web Feature Service (WFS) - Transactional · Web Registry Service (WRS) [ISO 19119] Service metadata · Web Catalog Service (WCaS) [ISO 19115] Dataset metadata · Style Layer Descriptor (SLD) · Web Map Context Documents · Geography Markup Language (GML) . Gazzeteer Service · Geocoding Service · Coordinate Transformation Service · Map Portrayal Services · Mobile Presentation Services · Web Terrain Services
    Primary Business: 
    Infrastructure and teh Environment
    Environmental application domains: 
    Monitoring Wetland , Monitoring Coastal areas , Monitoring Water pollution, Climate change, Transport development, Water Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management , Vegetation Management, Transport and pipe-lines Management, Floods & extreme weather Prevention and Management, Coastal erosion Prevention and Management