The formal task is restricted to The Netherlands. Research and standardisation are performed in European and global context.
National, regional and local governments, private sector, public in the areas of water, environment, agriculture, raw materials, energy resources, subsurface spatial planning and use.
Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development:
TNO has been executing, often as coordinator, several projects on INSPIRE supporting subjects. This started in the 1990’s with a project on a metadata and a thesaurus for the geosciences (GEIXS). In recent years this included eEarth (www.eEarth.eu) and eWater (www.eWater.eu), both TNO led and finalised now. These projects were aimed at multi-lingual access to geological and groundwater databases in several European countries on the basis of a common specification for the data and the metadata. Other projects in the same area are still running: OneGeology Europe, for geological maps and GeoSeas for oceanographic data and maps. Or they still have to be started up: SubCoast on soil subsidence data to be assimilated with earth observation and EuroGeoSource to present INSPIRE data sets for strategic decisions on supply of energy and minerals in Europe, the latter two under TNO coordination. Also in the Dutch programme Space for Geo-Information (2004-2008) TNO was intensively involved in projects aimed at developing geo-information infrastructure and services in general as well as focussed on certain user domains like civil engineering and cross border water management. Also more general issues were subject of the projects in which TNO was involved like the introduction of Sensor Web Enablement (OGC) in the national geo information infrastructure, and semantic tools to stimulate a common vocabulary in geoscience applications.
Geoscientific data management and interpretation
Environmental application domains:
Water management, Soil pollution, Energy availabity and storage, Geothermal potential, Availabiltiy and environmental and economical feasiblity of exploitation, subsurface storage of waste products, including nuclear waste and CO2, spatial planning of the subsurface.