INSPIRE Knowledge Base

GeoPortal Network

Dutch GeoPortal Network to come to increased accessibility of geo information held by different geo-data holders in (semi) public and private organisations
GeoPortal Network
Mission and Objectives: 
mission: To offer a sustainable contribution to solving spatial challenges in the Netherlands, by realizing an open infrastructure for the exchange of geo-information. vision: Upon completion of the GeoPortal Network project every user can find and use the geo-information from the participating data set holders in a demand driven fashion and online. Potential usability, use conditions and restrictions will be crystal clear at a glance.
Formal Mandate: 
Consortium for one of the projects being undertaken in the Dutch government co-financed Program “Space for Geo-information”
Developing a framework document with minimal rule set, starting the network with the consortium partners and several thematic portals, creating two demonstrators that build on the network resources to come to new, value added services. Make legal and financial provisions for applying a combined set of geo information from different sources transparent and understandable for the (end) user. Study the organizational success and failure factors of the network building.
Knowledge Institutes: - Alterra [research in agriculture and rural areas] - International Soil Reference & Information Centre (ISRIC) - Nationaal Lucht en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR) [research in space technology] - RIVM [research in health and environmental issues] - TNO Bouw en Ondergrond [research in applied geosciences etc.] Universities - Delft University of Technology - Wageningen University Commercial firms - DataLand [intermediary of municipal data on built objects] - ESRI Nederland BV [GIS solution provider] - Grontmij [engineering and consultancy firm for built environment] Government Agencies - Dienst Landelijk Gebied (DLG) [national agency for rural development] - Interprovinciale Overleggroep Geo (IOG-Geo) [cooperation of provincial geo-information departments] - Adviesdienst Geo-informatie en ICT Rijkswaterstaat (RWS-AGI) [geo-information and ICT department of road and waterways authority]
The layered approach of the network will allow existing thematic services (like a red portal for built environment information, or a blue one for water related geo-information), but also new, yet unknown and innovative combinations within the Netherlands

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
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    The Netherlands (one partner works world-wide on soil information )
    Societal Sector
    Cross-sectoral: knowledge institutes/universities, (semi) government, private
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    The consortium only became operational in 2005, but most members have been active in making geo-information accessible for more than a decade. Several members participate in other SDIC’s or are LMO’s. The participating universities have undertaken research related to institutional and access policy issues related to clearinghouses and SDI’s/NGII’s, resulting in two very recent phd’s. The strength of the SDIC is bringing together a variety of interests with the common goal of enabling (new) users to find and be allowed to use the geo-information they need to answer their question
    Environmental application domains
    Can contribute to a wide variety, e.g.. integrating issues in rural areas through the green portal, or meeting the Aarhus-convention requirements for citizens on-line through the ‘surroundings monitor’ for potential house buyers/renters
    Primary Business
    Wide variety, aiming at combining geo data from different sources.