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IDsW: Dutch standardisation organisiation for water management information
Mission and Objectives: 
The InformationDesk standards Water is a Dutch, inter governmental organisation between five Dutch government organisations / layers that are involved in water management (see also under Mandate). The mission of the IDsW to ensure an efficient and effective transfer of information within the Dutch, governmental, water management. To ensure this, the IDsW brings partners in water management together and develops information standards. The standards developed are mainly of semantic nature and directed at the exchange of the content of data. The technical basis of the IDsW standards is formed by national and international standards such as the ISO19xxx standards and the Dutch NEN3610. In it's strategy for development of standards IDsW has futher stated that it will try to (re) use as much of existing standards as possible and to refer to these standards instead of developing new standards. Considering standardisation, the IDsW tries to reduce overlap between standards as much as possible and to harmonize standards that are closely related.
Formal Mandate: 
The IDsW was founded by five Dutch government organisations in 2003. These five parties have signed an agreement not only to found the IDsW, but also to adhere to the standards developed by it's predecesoors and to implement new standards developed in the future. The five IDsW partners are: - Ministry of Public Works and Water Management (V&W) - Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries (LNV) - Environmental and Nature Planning Agency (MNP) - 12 Provinces represented by the Association of Provincial Authorities (IPO) - 26 Water boards represented by the Union of Waterboards (UvW) Standards are developed with, and for the parties mentioned above with a strong interaction between the IDsW working groups and commercial parties. Comemrcial parties have however no formal status within the IDsW organisation and cannot vote during the meetings of the Advisory Board.
There are two main activities defined within the IDsW; standardisation and communication. Where standardisation is concerned IDsW is mainly concerned with metadata and (semantic) datamodelling and all related aspects such as thesauri, ontologies etc etc. The following activities fall within the group of standardisation: - maintenance of the current Aquo standard - development of (new) standards as required by changes in processes or law. - harmonization of IDsW standards with other standards in direct relation to the IDsW standard Aquo. - project management for joint software development between partners if required by those partners. The following activities fall within the group of communication - advising users on the implementation of standards in general and the IDsW standards in specific. - organizing congresses and seminars to inform the IDsW partners of changes in law / processes / standardisation that affect current standards or information needs. - organizing seminars to consult current users on changes in preparation or to inform which changes are deemed necessary by users. - publication of newsletter (analog & digital) detailing changes as mentioned above
- IDsW partners as mentioned under 'Mandate'. Only members with voting rights. - Municipalities - ICT business organisations related to water management specific ICT - universities / research organisations related to water such as TNO-NITG and Wageningen University - other standardisation bodies within the Netherlands such as the NEN, Geonovum and SIKB

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
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Mainly Netherlands + cross border (Germany)
    Societal Sector
    Both central and regional government (provinces & waterboards)
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    With regard to the Data themes, user is now filled inj, but the actual involvement is semantic standardisation within the field mentioned. IDsW is however not a data user, producer or coordinator. Prevous involvement with INSPIRE has been the reviewing of the (concept) implementing rules for metadata and data harmonisation. Furthermore IDsW is actively involved in: - communicating the effect of INSPIRE and the implementing rules to it's partners - the adaption of current standards and guidelines within the water management domain to meet the future INSPIRE implementing rules.
    Environmental application domains
    Water management in its broades sense (including wastewater, biodiversity, etc)
    Primary Business
    Water management in its broadest sense (including Monitoring, Survey, Civil engineering etc)