INSPIRE Knowledge Base


SDI GDI-Flanders
Mission and Objectives: 
Mission: "Ensuring the optimal use of geographic information in Flanders" Objectives: 1. To re-enforce collaboration within the GI community 2. To develop a coordination, organizational and legal framework for the geographic information infrastructure of Flanders 3. To develop and exploit a geographic data infrastructure for Flanders 4. To stimulate the transfer of technical expertise.
Formal Mandate: 
Regional Government
In 1995 the Flemish Government established a framework and partnership, further referred to as “GIS-Flanders”, with the aim to facilitate the exchange of geographical information among all governmental (regional and local) and public service agencies. This framework was further institutionalised by a decree in 2000. The Agency for Geographic Information in Flanders (AGIV) is the executing agency in charge of implementing the objectives of GIS-Flanders (described in the decree. A second decree (April 2004) outlines the implementation of a Large Scale Reference Database for which AGIV is the coordinating and implementing agency.
AGIV has initially focussed its activities on 1) geographical data dissemination; 2) providing advice and services on the use of geographic information; 3) the execution of extensive pilot projects to initiate the development of a regional SDI. Meanwhile the agency shifted from a project to a programme oriented way of working. This change in operations aims at ensuring a sound client oriented development of the regional SDI through an extensive participatory structural collaboration among the partners of GIS-Flanders. GIS-Flanders has two core programmes that are complementary and that aim to establish a SDI for GIS-Flanders.
By decree: Communal authorities Provincial authorities All departments of the Flemish Government All public service agencies
It should be emphasized that AGIV is the operational pillar of a cooperative framework including virtually all public authorities (according to the INSPIRE definition)of the Flanders region. Hence the cooperative framework forms as such the organisational component of the (regional) SDI.

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 cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • 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
    Flanders, Belgium
    Societal Sector
    Regional Government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    AGIV has been actively involved throughout the development of INSPIRE so far (BE representation in the INSPIRE expert group; secondment of a senior expert to Eurostat GISCO for INSPIRE; Belgian National Contact Point for INSPIRE)
    Primary Business
    Coordination of regional GI inititiatives within the government sector.