INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Digital Norway (Norw.: Norge Digitalt)
Mission and Objectives: 
ND is a nation-wide program for co-operation on establishment, maintenance and distribution of digital geographic data. The aim is to enhance the availability and use of quality geographic information among a broad range of users, primarily in the public sector. A broad representation of Norwegian public bodies are preparing to participate, at national level ministries and their directorates, at local and regional level all Norwegian municipalities and different regional public bodies. The co-operation is based on a White Paper from the Norwegian government; "Stortingsmelding" no. 30 (2002-2003) "Digital Norway – a joint fundament for value-adding". The formal start of the ND was 1.1.2005.
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
All institutions participating in ND will bring their own data into the infrastructure and make them available to the other partners. The geographical data provided to ND includes both reference data and thematic data. Reference data include topographical data, hydrography, roads and other infrastructure, land use, buildings and cadastral information, elevation and bathymetry, orthophotos. There will be a joint funding of reference data through ND, based on the Geovekst model. Thematic data include a broad range of information produced by national institutions and municipalities and the local level. The themes cover aspects such as demography, risks and risk management, protected sites, biodiversity and nature values, pollution, fisheries, geology, mineral resources, agricultural and forest resources, cultural heritage and outdoor recreation facilities. The dissemination of information is based on new technologies for Internet distribution. There is a rapidly growing interest among the partners to disseminate data as web map services (WMS). Downloadable data are available on standard formats. Metadata is delivered together with the data. A national portal is giving information about the present status of the available data and web map services. The technologies used are based on international standards (ISO and OGC).
The Geovekst model is pooling resources for jointly executed projects for establishing, improving and maintaining large scale digital geographic data. The organisations participating includes all the major national services (public and some private) and about 350 municipalities. Arealis is a national program initiated by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. The main objective is to make environmental data and land use information available at national, regional and local level. One of the important elements in Arealis is co-operation. Today more than 10 Norwegian ministries, 20 of their agencies, a number of county agencies in all 18 counties and about 100 municipalities take part in Arealis. The Norwegian Mapping Authority co-ordinates Arealis both on national and regional level. The projects are based on an agreed set of standard rules and manuals, which facilitate the exchange and sharing across administrative boundaries. Large effort has been made in working out specifications of several geographic and thematic data sets. The specifications have been developed based on the principles of the national de facto standard for geographic information (SOSI). The Arealis and Geovekst specifications are now a part of the standard. These important agreed documents, together with other specifications and harmonised systems on cartography, metadata, joint distribution systems and internet web map services, will be actively used in the development of ND - the Norwegian government's new initiative to build the national geographical infrastructure. There is a rapidly growing interest among the partners to disseminate data as web map services (WMS). Downloadable data are available on standard formats. A national portal is giving information about the present status of the available data and web map services. The technologies used are based on international standards (ISO and OGC).
- Statistisk Sentralbyrå (Statistics Norway, - Fiskeridirektoratet (The Norwegian Fisheries Administration), - only Norw.) - Kystdirektoratet/Kystverket (The Norwegian Coastal Administration, - Forsvarets Militærgeografiske tjeneste (Norwegian Military Geographic Service, - Politidirektoratet (The National Police Directorate, - Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap (The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, - Hovedredningssentralen (The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, - Norsk institutt for jord-og skogkartlegging (The Norwegian Institute of Land Inventory, - Reindriftsforvaltningen (The Reindeer Trade Authority,, only in Norw. and Sami) - Statens landbruksforvaltning (Norwegian Agriculture Authority, - Mattilsynet (Norwegian Food Safety Authority, - Jordskifteverket (Land Consolidation Courts, - Statsskog SF (Public Forests Authority, - Statens kartverk (Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority, - Statens forurensningstilsyn (Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, - Direktoratet for naturforvaltning (Directorate for Nature Management, - Riksantikvaren (Directorate for Preservation of Cultural Heritage,, only in Norw.) - Polarinstituttet (Norwegian Polar Institute, - Bergvesenet (Directorate of Mining,, in Norw., - Norges geologiske undersøkelser (Geological Survey of Norway, - Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat (Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, - Vegdirektoratet/Statens vegvesen (The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, - Avinor (state owned limited companythat owns and operates 46 airports and is responsible for air traffic control services in Norway, - Jernbaneverket (National Rail Administration, - Utdannings- og forskningsdepartementet (Ministry of Education and Research, - Helse og omsorgsdepartementet (Ministry of Health anc Care Servicec, - Kultur og kirkedepartementet (Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs, - Kommunene (The Local Communities,, for the national organisation) - Fylkesmannsembetene - Energibedriftenes landsforening (Norwegian Electricity Industry Association, - Telenor Networks as ( - Fylkeskommunene (County Autorities, see
It is public sector, national and cover all themes. Some private organisations are participating due to having national, public infrastructure responsibilities (notably Telecom).

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
    Societal Sector
    Central government, regional./local government, public works
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Se description of activities and participants.
    Environmental application domains
    Monitoring Biodiversity, Monitoring Coastal areas, Monitoring Water pollution, Monitoring Air pollution, Monitoring Soil pollution , Monitoring Waste, Climate change, Spatial Planning , Transport development, Urban development , Rural development, Water Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management , Vegetation Management, Soil resources Management, Energy Management, Mineral resources Management, Man-made Hazard Management, Hazardous waste Management, Earthquake & volcano Prevention and Management, Drought Prevention and Management , Forest Fire Prevention and Management , Floods & extreme weather Prevention and Management, Landslide Prevention and Management, Avalanches Prevention and Management,, Soil erosion Prevention and Management, Coastal erosion Prevention and Management , Health Prevention and Management
    Primary Business
    Telecom, Energy, Water utilities , Emergency services, Public safety , Environmental Management , Agriculture , Transport , Standardization, Surveying , Mapping , Photogrammetry , Remote Sensing
    INSPIRE Data Themes