INSPIRE Knowledge Base

GDI NRW

Description
Organisation: 
Initiative Spatial Data Infrastructure North-Rhine Westphalia
Acronym: 
GDI NRW
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
The aim of the GDI NRW is to enable the geoinformation market as well as to improve access, availability and use of geoinformation. The goal is to enable the geoinformation market and to enhance the use of public and private geoinformation on regional, national and international level. The GDI NRW specifications are based on standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Technical Committee (TC) 211 of the International Organisation for Standarization (ISO).
Formal Mandate: 
Regional Government
Mandate: 
The GDI NRW is a non-profit initiative of the state North-Rhine Westphalia. In the GDI NRW, representatives of economy, administration and science work together in a Public Private Partnership as geoinformation providers, ennoblers, brokers and user. Their activities take place in thematical SIGs, "real world" and testing implementations (Pilots and Testbeds) as well as in Task Forces.
Activities: 
In the GDI NRW, representatives of economy, administration and science work together in a Public Private Partnership as geoinformation provider, ennobler, broker and user. Their activities take place in thematical SIGs, "real world" and testing implementations (Pilots and Testbeds) as well as in Task Forces.
Membership: 
The GDI NRW has more than 100 members. E.g. divers state authorities of North-Rhine Westphalia (land surveying office, geological survey, ministry of the environment etc.), about 20 local authorities, several research institutions and multiple business companies. It is important to mention that a lot of members are from other regions of Germany than NRW.
Comments: 
The GDI NRW developed OGC and ISO based application specifications that where not only used in NRW but also in other federal states. The GDI NRW realized the first operative standardized spatial data infrastructure in Germany. Also the initiative organizes in cooperation with other initiatives that are responsible for evolving regional spatial data infrastructures projects to realize a national standardized SDI.
Typology: 
Regional
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

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
    Geographic Domain
    Regional
    statewide
    Societal Sector
    state government (NRW)
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    GDI NRW organizes and coordinates the development of the spatial data infrastructure. Therefore application standards for diverse web services and metadata are developed and tested in the field of test beds. In 2004/2005 the first real spatial data infrastructure was implemented under consideration of the application specifications. Within this process more than 120 services, more than 20 applications and two meta information systems were realized to build up a standardized and overall interoperable spatial data infrastructure. This spatial data infrastructure dispose of a broad thematically range of information that is offered through web services and application.
    Primary Business
    Standardization, Organization, Coordination, Awareness Work, Marketing, Monitoring, Consulting for building spatial data infrastructures