INSPIRE Knowledge Base


HUMBOLDT-EU Project on Spatial Data Harmonisation and Service Integration
Mission and Objectives: 
HUMBOLDT will contribute to the implementation of an European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates all the diversity of spatial data available from the multitude of European organizations, it is the aim of this project to manage and advance the implementation process of this ESDI. To achieve this objective and to maximize the benefits gained from this integration, the requirements of INSPIRE, of GMES, of the environmental agencies and of other related activities in the EU will be met. HUMBOLDT will start with an analysis to facilitate the re-use of existing concepts, processes, implementations and experiences. This also includes the analyses of harmonization processes in other application areas. Following HUMBOLDT will extend the existing by the needs of users and administrators especially in the area of GMES. As a cornerstone for future businesses, citizen security, risk management and many more opportunities, the ESDI has to be a lasting development, prepared for the steps that will inevitably follow with the continuing progression of globalization. To enable this, the HUMBOLDT project suggests an optimized, community-centered implementation process. New knowledge will then be gained and new processes will be developed from the possible combination of data that already exists but is currently highly scattered and heterogeneous. Besides a technological-focussed framework which will be developed in HUMBOLDT, the project also will set up a number of scenarios which will use the developed framework components in real-world conditions and which will be used as promoters for the target users of the project. Several user groups like industry, public authorities and research will be targeted and therefore dissemination and training instruments are used as early as possible within the project to achieve a high coherence with the INSPIRE time plan and also to achieve high dissemination and feedback for the project results.
Formal Mandate: 
HUMBOLDT is a european funded Research Project comming out of the GMES Program. The SDIC consists out of the consortium performing this project.
technical R&D, concept development, workshops
HUMBOLDT project consortium consits out of a heterogenous partner sutucture, covering Universities and Research Institues, National Mapping Agencies, GI Users, GI Industy, Business Incubators, etc.

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
    Geographic Domain
    HUMBOLDT Partners and Scenarios are located across Europe
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    HUMBOLDT partners have experiences in Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Management, Development of Software Tools for Spatial data Handling and Processing, etc.
    Environmental application domains
    Border Security, Urban Planning, Forest Management, Protected Areas, Water Management, Ocean
    Primary Business
    Research in spatial data processing