INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Mission and Objectives: 
DeCOVER will develop and demonstrate innovative and cost-efficient geo-information services to provide and update land cover data in Germany to support the implementation of European directives and their national and regional implementation. The main objectives of DeCOVER are: - to develop a service concept of core services and additional services to provide land cover information based on user needs at various scales - to employ latest ontology-based semantic interoperability techniques to define interoperability potential between different land cover data bases : - improve existing land cover data sets by integration of new information - to increase information depth using optical and radar satellite data (data fusion) In the context of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), a joint initiative of European Commission and European Space Agency, several services are developed to provide spatial information to support the monitoring and reporting obligations of European directives. These implementations take place with strong participation of German authorities, researchers and service providers. DeCOVER will complement and extend these developments at the national and regional level.
Formal Mandate: 
DeCOVER is a consortium of national service providers and research organizations. The DeCOVER project is funded and supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) via the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
DeCOVER will use the following core technical and scientific approaches and methods - DeCOVER Object catalog based on user requirements, interoperability potential and cost-benefit analysis - Semantic Interoperability - Change detection - Data fusion Optical-Radar data DeCOVER will establish a set of geo-information services to support national and regional users in their monitoring and reporting obligations. These services will the demonstrated on selected test sites during two validation cycles. Through the collection, analysis and integration of different user requirements DeCOVER will be able to show synergies and potential of geoinformation usage. This supports the advantages of spatial data infrastructures such as transparency of data availability, efficient use of geodata and thus a reduction of data production costs. DeCOVER will support the German spatial data infrastructure (GDI-DE) in providing selected and validated geoinformation. Parallel to the user requirement analysis, ontology-based semantic interoperability between the identified land cover classes will be analyzed, to optimize synergies between existing data sets and newly collected information and to support future updates of these data sets. Thus, by providing interoperability to CLC and other upcoming harmonized European data sets (e.g. Fast Track Service) DeCOVER will be consistent with European standards on EO based Land cover data.
Dr. Klaus Komp (Coordinator), EFTAS GmbH, GERMANY Dr. Rolf Lessing, Delphi IMM,GERMANY Mr.Thomas Schrage, Infoterra GmbH, GERMANY Mrs.Regine Richter, GAF AG, GERMANY Mr. Christian Weise, Definiens AG, GERMANY Dr. Guenter Strunz, German Remote Sensing Data Center, Dept. of Environment and Geoinformation, GERMANY Mr. Christoph Boehm, H. G. GeoData Solution GmbH, GERMANY Mrs. Anita Knop, Jena Optronik GmbH, GERMANY Mrs. Erika Hoeber, RapidEye AG, GERMANY Mr. Regin Lippold, RSS - Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, GERMANY Prof. Christian Heipke, Institute for Photogrammetry and Geoinformation, University Hannover, GERMANY
DeCOVER is supported by a wide user base of national an regional administrative bodies. A detailed list can be found at

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

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Research, Private Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    All team members have extensive knowledge in the field of Remote Sensing, data processing, geoinformation service design and provision at the national and international level (including several GMES projects). Only selected projects an experiences will therefore be listed. - CORINE Land Cover Update 2000 (2003-2004) (DLR-DFD, EFTAS, GAF, H.G.GeoData Solutions) - CwRS Controls with Remote Sensing for many German Federal States (annually since 1994) (EFTAS, GAF) - Enviland, development of approaches for the generation of land cover products, utilizing the synergetic usage of optical and SAR data (2004-2007( (Jenaoptronik) - EOLES, ESA Project Earth Observation Linking SMEs to face real time natural disaster management (2002-2004) (EFTAS, RapidEYE, RSS) - Epidemio, ESA - founded project to demonstrate and use the potential of Earth Observation to support epidemiology (2004-2006) (Jenaoptronik, RSS) - ExtractFields, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded, Integration of vector and raster data at the example of field boundaries and wind erosion obstacles (2002-2005) (IPI) - GMES Service Element SAGE: ESA funded study, Service Development to support WFd and Soil Protection Strategy (2003-2004) (Infoterra) - GMES Service Element RESPOND, Services supporting humanitarian relief, desaster reduction and resconstruction (Rapideye) - GMES Urban Services, GSE Element developing geoinformation services in urban areas (2003-2005) (Definiens, H.G.Geodata Solutions) - GMFS (Global Monitoring of Food Security) (EFTAS) - GSE Forest Monitoring, Stage 1 and 2, GMES Service Element, Forest Management (2003-2005, 2005-2008) (GAF) - GSE Land, GMES Stage 2 project joining GMES SAGE, GMES Urban Services and CoastWatch (land part) information (2005-2007) (Infoterra) - Intelcities, FP6 projectt to pool advanced knowledge and experience of electronic government, planning systems and citizen participation from across Europe (2004-2006) (Definiens) - IP geoland. Service development for GSE Services within Land cover and Vegetation (2004-2006) (DLR-DFD, H.G.Geodata Solutions, Infoterra, RSS) - LUCAS EU-Land use /Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (2003) (EFTAS) - MeanInGS, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and German Research foundation funded (DFG), Research Project, Semantic interoperability using geoinformation services (2002-2005) (Delphi IMM) - MURBANDY Change extension, EU project Urban Land use and changes (EFTAS) - OFULSA, Operationalisation of EO data for Environmental Authorities (1999-2002) (Deplhi IMM) - ProSmart II and IIE Product Developments for TerraSAR (2000-2004) (Definiens, Delphi IMM, DLR-DFD, H.G.GeoData Solutions, Infoterra) - ProSmart, HEZW, development of forest applications (1998-1999) (GAF) - WIPKA-QS, Methods and software development for automatic quality controls of ATKIS data. Funding Federal Agency of Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) (2000-ongoing) (IPI)
    Primary Business
    Service providers for Remote Sensing, GIS, Network Services