INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Polish Association for Spatial Information
Mission and Objectives: 
Development of spatial information systems and infrastructures to make spatial data more accessible and interoperable in Poland. Consolidation of Polish GI community and representing it towards national authorities, regional and local government entities and respective international organizations.
Formal Mandate: 
Polish Association for Spatial Information - PASI (Polskie Towarzystwo Informacji Przestrzennej - PTIP) is a national, interdisciplinary, self governing, not-for-profit association registered in Poland and acting as an umbrella organization. It has no formal mandate, however it cooperates closely with the Polish Government (Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment) and also with regional and local authorities.
The main activities are as follows: a) supporting development and implementation of spatial information infrastructures in Poland, b)consultancy, c) research and development, d) formulating opinions and organizing public consultations, e) awareness raising and education. PASI actively communicates with the public (more than 10 000 visits to the PASI website a month).
Individual members - more than 70 specialists representing a wide variety of disciplines and professions. Member organizations of various sectors such as: 1) Research and development: a) Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, b) Environmental Information Centre UNEP/Grid Warsaw, c) Institute of Spatial and Cadastral Systems; 2) Education and research: a) Warsaw University, Faculty of Geology (OGC Member), b) Warsaw Agricultural University, Faculty of Forestry, c) Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Photogrammetry and Cartography; 3) Regional and local governments: a) Mazovia Voivodeship Board, b) City of Cracow Board; 4) Other organizations: a) ESRI Polska, b) Intergraph Polska, c) Geoinformation Technology Users Association, d) NEOKART, e) GEOSYSTEMS Polska.
PASI organizes national conferences, workshops and seminars, the main themes include SDI and INSPIRE. It publishes ANNALS OF GEOMATICS. A special issue (Number 1, Vol. II) was dedicated to 10th EC GI&GIS Workshop, Warsaw 2004.

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
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    SDIC experiences directly related to the INSPIRE Work Programme: a) Spatial Information Infrastructure in Poland - Work Programme 2005-2006, b) Forestry Spatial Information System - design, development of implementing rules and standards, c) Sub-national Spatial Information Systems - design, work programming, consultancy, d) Organization of the Interdepartmental Task Force for Geoinformation Infrastructure in Poland (2001 -) and active participation in its activities, e) Drafting and reviewing national legal acts related to spatial information. Each member of the SDIC has its own experiences. For instance Warsaw University as an associate member of Open Geospatial Consortium since 1997, advanced research related to: a) conceptual models of geospatial data, b) multilingualism in geospatial data sharing and exchange, c) interoperable technologies for distributed geospatial information systems.
    Environmental application domains
    Regional development, urban development, spatial planning, forest protection and management, monitoring water pollution, water resources management, mineral resources management.
    Primary Business
    Research, Education, Consulting, Standardisation