INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Euro Geo Source

EU Information and Policy Support System for Sustainable Supply of
Euro Geo Source
Mission and Objectives: 
Why? A central problem Europe is facing today is to secure its energy and non-energetic minerals supply. Since disruptions and shortages are immediately felt by the citizens and can have large impact on economy as well as repercussions on foreign relations, energy security is today very high in the political agendas across Europe and at the Commission. EU authorities currently compile their long-term policies regarding the need for oil, gas and minerals, including estimates of the required import, from national reports contributed by the member countries. These reports contain only generalized information regarding reserves and production forecasts for a country as a whole. They generally do not contain detailed information on oil and gas fields or the storage capacity of depleted reservoirs. In addition, information about the oil and gas infrastructure connecting countries and fields is available only at an aggregate level. The high level of generalization of the hydrocarbon reserve information available at EU level and the lack of easily accessible, reliable and detailed data that could support decision making do not allow a fast response to crisis situations and significantly reduce the accuracy of the long-term planning of the geo-energy supply of Europe. AIM In three years the project will develop the EuroGeoSource web GIS system. This multilingual system will allow users to identify, access, use and reuse aggregated geographical information on geo energy and mineral resources, covering at least ten countries in Europe. The EuroGeoSource system will enable services for the registration of data sets from different countries, the visualization and overlay of the information layers obtained from distributed sources, spatial analysis, and so on. The implemented solutions will provide easy and fast access to a large and economically valuable data set for all relevant user groups in the Community. Technology The system will have a software architecture based on distributed web OGC-compliant services that will be responsible for serving the data from different sources/data providers. The software will include the RDBMS software, web application server and web map server, at a minimum. The software components will run on the corresponding hardware infrastructure located in the participating countries. The data delivery channels will include online visualization of spatial and attribute data, as well as ordering the source data, according to the security guidelines of the data provider, and including pricing and terms of use (via e-mail and/or order form, etc).
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
14 project partners formed into a consortium
The project is structured in 11 work packages which can be grouped in 4 major tasks. The first task is related to the ‘environment’ of the EuroGeoSource web portal. It will establish the user requirements (WP2) and the current organizational and political aspects of geo energy and mineral resources data management in the participating countries (WP3) The second task is related to the ‘content’ of the portal. It will create a format for delivery of the key economic attributes for oil & gas and mineral resources fields (WP4), (WP5) and produce multilingual digital dictionary functionality for the interfaces of the EuroGeoSource system and legends of the web mapping services (WP7). The third task is related to the ICT component of the project. It will design the EuroGeoSource system and built a trial prototype (WP6). The prototype will be upgraded to the actual EuroGeoSource portal (WP8). After a robust testing program, an electronic user manual will be produced (WP9). The last task is related to ‘communications’. The part of the project will built a collaborative framework and also identify and contact closed and on-going projects with similar objectives (WP10) and disseminate information about and the results of the EuroGeoSource project (WP11). THREE WORKSHOPS: March 2011 / January 2012 / January 2013 On important task within the project is to build a collaborative framework between the major players in the energy and mineral resources sectors of the EU economy, including the corresponding directorates of EC, national ministries, the key market players, such as production and transportation companies, also outside the EU. The framework will contribute to common understanding of the European and global goals and challenges in security of geo-energy and minerals supply in the conditions of the liberalized market and political instability. The framework will be built by organizing three workshops during the execution of the project. At these projects also representatives from identified relevant EU projects will be invited to share information and guide the development of the EuroGeoSource portal. Already identified relevant projects are the Energy Security Supply project, recently commissioned to the JRC Energy Institute by EC, OneGeology Europe, PROMINE, GEOFAR and GeoSeas.
TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands, the Netherlands, contact: Stephan Gruijters. Geological Survey of Slovenia(GeoZS), Slovenia, contact: Šinigoj Jasna. Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW) Directorate of Geology and Protection of Subsurface, Bulgaria, contact Valeri P. TRENDAFILOV. Geological Institute of Romania (GIR), Romenia, contact Anca-Marina Vijdea. Polish Geological Institute(PGI), Poland, contact: Pawel Lewandowski. Estonia Eesti Geoloogiakesus OU / Geological Survey of Estonia (EGK), Estonia, contact: Jaan Kivisilla. Geological Institute of Hungary (MAFI), Hungary, contact: Péter SCHAREK. Belgium Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Belgium, contact: Kris Piessens. Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P. (LNEG), Portugal, contact: Daniel Oliveira. Geological Seismic and soil survey of Emilia-Romagna Region (SGSS), Italy, contact: Marucci Francesco. University of Zaragoza, Spain, contact: Ruben Behar. Geodan, the Netherlands, contact: Steven Fruijtier. Geospatiumlab SL Zaragoza, Spain, contact: Susana Zarazaga. Geolgical Servey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark, contact: Jørgen Tulstrup.
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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
  • 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
    Northern Europe (DK, NL, BE), Eastern Europe (BU, EE, PL, RO, SL), south Europe (SP, IT, PT)
    Societal Sector
    central government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Many of the partners were involved in other EU projects related to INSPIRE (e.g. One Geology Europe)