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CEN/TC 287

CEN/TC 287 Geographic information
CEN/TC 287
Mission and Objectives: 
The European Committee for Standardization, CEN, is multi-sectorial and develops European Standards for most areas ( CEN contributes to the objectives of the European Union and European Economic Area with voluntary technical standards, which promote free trade, the safety of workers and consumers, interoperability of networks, environmental protection, exploitation of research and development programmes, and public procurement. European Standards are voluntary agreements between 28 European countries, adopted by CEN, CENELEC or ETSI and carrying with them an obligation of implementation as an identical national standard and withdrawal of conflicting national standards. CEN's mission is to foster the European economy in global trade, to uphold the welfare of European citizens and to protect the environment. The standards programme is coordinated by the Technical Board of CEN. CEN has various types of deliverables: European Standard (EN), Technical Specification (CEN/TS), Technical Report (CEN/TR), CEN Guide, and CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). Most standards and reports are drawn up in technical committees and their working groups. CEN Workshop Agreements are drawn up in Workshops. Of all the deliverables, only ENs are normative. The scope of CEN/TC287 Geographic Information is standardization in the field of digital geographic information for Europe.
Formal Mandate: 
All the CEN national members are entitled to nominate delegates to CEN Technical Committees and experts to Working Groups, ensuring a balance of all interested parties. Participation as observers of recognized European or international organizations is also possible under certain conditions. To participate in the activities of this CEN/TC, please contact the national standards organization in your country.
The main objective is to facilitate the development and usage of geographical information in Europe. This will be achieved by: • adopting the ISO/TC 211 standards series as CEN standards; • developing and mantaining standards, specifications and profiles of standards; • developing technical guidance and best practice documentation; • collaborating with other standards related initiatives; • educating the user community and promoting the use of standards for geographic information.
CEN member states (national standardization bodies) and liaison organizations.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Geographic information standards maker
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    A committee formed of experts covering the whole of the INSPIRE listings.
    Environmental application domains
    Primary Business
    tards maker