INSPIRE Knowledge Base


EuroSDR - European Spatial Data Research Organisation
Mission and Objectives: 
The aim of EuroSDR is to 1) Develop and improve methods, systems and standards for the acquisition, processing, production, maintenance and dissemination of reference information and to promote applications of all such data. Special emphasis is placed on the further development of airborne and space borne methods for data acquisition, on methods for information extraction from such sources and on the integration of such information with information from other sources. 2) Encourage interaction between research organisations and the public and private sector to exchange ideas about relevant research problems and to transfer research results obtained to geoinformation production organisations EuroSDR's vision is To be the European research platform for National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies (NMCA’s), Academic Institutes, the Private Sector, Industry and User Groups, on issues related to the implementation of technology developments with respect to optimising the provision (collection, processing, storage, maintenance, visualisation, dissemination and use) of reference information (data serving as a spatial framework for organisations involved in monitoring, management and development) in a Geoinformation Infrastructure (GI) context.
Formal Mandate: 
EuroSDR is a not-for-profit Association of member organisations, each of which nominates two delegates usually from a national mapping and cadastral agency (NMCA) and a research organisation such as a university or institute. It's research strategy and its operational rules and procedures are mandated by the member organisations.
EuroSDR has published and widely distributed in excess of fifty Official Publications to date and developed and delivered a suite of eLearning courses by way of disseminating the findings of its research activities. EuroSDR research activities include: Applied collaborative research projects Focussed workshops, and Deliberations of dedicated working groups and task forces. Key EuroSDR research topics, for the period 2007-2010, are: 1. Investigation of new sensor systems and platforms, related calibration aspects, including digital aerial and satellite sensors, laser and hyper-spectral scanners, SAR sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, and mobile mapping systems. 2. Geometric data acquisition issues (sensor orientation and geo-referencing, digital surface models, digital terrain models). 3. Acquisition and update of static and moving objects (topographic vector data, DTMs and data from other objects) from images and collateral data in order to serve traditional and novel applications. 4. 3D reference information and 3D city models: spatial modelling, acquisition, analysis and visualisation. 5. Process modelling and interfaces (product diversity/servicing). 6. Core geoinformation databases (data modelling, currency/maintenance, unique ID, metadata, changes only). 7. Standards and open software for data and metadata. 8. Ontologies, schema translation, and data integration. 9. Model generalisation and multi-resolution and multi-representation data bases. 10. Cartographic generalisation in terms of up- and downscaling, for traditional and non-traditional displays. 11. Delivery and data publishing mechanisms and, in particular, Geospatial Data Infrastructure and associated topics in Ontologies and translation services. 12. Geoinformation data quality.
Member organisations are the (or a) national mapping and cadastral agencies (NMCA) from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Each organisation nominates a delegate from the NMCA and a research institute.
EuroSDR is unique in the sense that it brings together both producers of European Geographical information and key research experts in the field. The synergy thus generated allows effective and collaborative solutions to be found to specific problems in the area of spatial data provision, management and delivery.

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

  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    The whole of Europe
    Societal Sector
    Research, public sector, private sector, education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Member organisations of EuroSDR are actively engaged in facilitating national spatial data infrastructures. Many have and are participating in projects with neighbouring countries addressing harmonisation of spatial data across borders. EuroSDR is an active player in the development by EuroGeographics of EuroSpec and many of its focussed workshop activities are directed at solving problems of specific relevance to EuroSpec and INSPIRE. Many EuroSDR delegates are presently members of technical working groups attached to INSPIRE development. EuroSDR collaborates closely with related GI organisations and JRC through its representation at the European GI Network, EGIN.
    Environmental application domains
    Those of European National Mapping Agencies
    Primary Business
    Research and Dissemination