INSPIRE Knowledge Base


SDI for rural activities
Mission and Objectives: 
Rural areas, comprising about 70% of Europe’s landmass, are at the core of coherent European existence. These areas can attain their full potential by implementing existing and new Web based GIS solution to improve the quality decision in public and private sector, increase employment opportunities for the rural area residents and strengthen the rural economy. This situation provides a rationale for the utilisation of an new spatial knowledge management system based on new geo-information technologies for more efficient collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of agriculture information. Such system has to be user-friendly and, at the same time, able to perform real scientific multi-criteria analyses. Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). These technologies are relatively new geo-information technologies particularly suitable for systematic assessment and monitoring over rural areas. Internet accessibility.. For operators and service providers, the applied business model are still not obvious, current relative profitability ratio of rural networks being negative for all but satellite TV applications. Moreover, and in order to meet the universal right for Internet access, public administration will need to deploy innovative solutions and business models for rural areas. Preparing a 'conventional' infrastructure of terrestrial telecommunication lines is not feasible in most rural areas. Wireless and satellite solutions seem to be possible alternative solution for rural regions. The activity van address large scale of application domain The project has already identified diferent sectors, where principles of Geospatial knowledge can increase quality of management. These are: • Agriculture • Food safety • Veterinary protection • Forestry • Environment protection • Emergency services • Regional development • Mining industry • Tourism • Etc. •
Formal Mandate: 
Rural@Work Community Rural@Work Community is a member of AMI@Work Communities that were officially launched in June 2004 to make into reality the vision of Ambient Mobile Intelligence in Europe (comp. As the problems with rural development are of a much greater weight than only those which stem from the lack of communications infrastructure and of suitable (i.e. cheap, scalable and universal) technologies, the major challenge that the rural@Work Community will have to face in order to be effective in realising its vision is to be able to gather the right people – from many different fields (not only technical) of rural activities. And it must not be forgotten that the social and economics aspects are equally or even more important than technology in the process of rural development. Rural people have to be adequately educated on the opportunities created by ICT (both in relation to traditional and new activities), and those who might move to rural areas – will need to learn what are the actual possibilities of exploiting the benefits of Information Society. Moreover, it is indispensable for the rural development (through IST) to actually take place that policy makers from all countries are involved into the process. The mission of the rural@work Community may be thus described as: "Include the Rural dimension within the Information Society". The mission stated above is going to be implemented through a series of operational objectives: - making an insight into market- and business needs of ICT users in rural areas; - defining working agendas which depend on specifics of different regions (including: geographical, demographical, infrastructural, cultural and economical aspects); - identifying the main technical research challenges: not only associated to infrastructure (as it has been repeated), but technical challenges that greatly affect the implementation, deployment and sustainability of solutions. - identifying other challenges related to regulations, standardisation and compatibility issues; - stimulating initiatives that a) research the ICT needs in rural areas, b) enable best practice transfer and training – practical if possible, c) focus on human and social aspects of technology implementation; - promoting the idea of “rural innovation” – not necessarily related to pure technologies, but rather to technology applicability; - focusing on New Member States and Candidate Countries. The Community has met four times so far: in March 2004 (Brussels, preparation to the official launch), in April (Sec in the Czech Republic, inclusion of members from NMS), May (Budapest, with a similar objective), and in June (Brussels again, the official Community's launch and selection of its Chairs). The meeting in the Hague is meant to be continuation of work and discussions started in the previous months.
Future technological development – there was fast technological development on the field of geoinformation technologies very fast in last five years. The development in next years in the field of utilisation of GIS in rural areas must be focused mainly on following technologies: ? Open solutions ? Standardisation of data formats and definition of spatial data infrastructure ? New methods of data collection based on utilisation of new very high resolution satellite data source ? Methods of digital photogrammetry ? New methods of satellite positioning ? Mobile and wireless GIS solution ? Location based services ? Knowledge management and technology utilisation – the development of new technological solutions is not sufficient without their utilisation. The future possibilities of utilisation of new technologies and knowledge management for rural sector will be analysed. On the base of current knowledge can be define following field of utilisation of GIS technologies: Systems for state forestry and agriculture: • Data publishing – practical demonstration, publishing of results, offering trough internet network • Controlling systems Rural development ? Tools for planning ? Regional management ? 3/4D modelling ? Advertisement of regions Land management • Evaluation of the agriculture and forest management information • Data transfer to wireless communications (GSM, GPRS) • Test and upgrade data • 3D based GIS and RS data service • Inspection and Control of Land Seizing. • Countryside and Landscape Development • Land management • On line surveying Tourism ? Support for rural tourism ? Location based services ? 3D modelling Systems for commercial forestry • Data services for forest owners • Support for forestry e(m) commerce • Yield forecasting • Marketing Systems for commercial agriculture • Precision farming • Prediction of yield Forest owner and forest planning • Mobile data access • New technology for forest management Farm ? New way of farm management ? Mobile farm The one from the principal problem for future utilisation of mobile services is to find convenient business model, which can be acceptably for service providers. The finding of this model is necessary for future utilisation of GIS technologies.
Membership will be based on mebmers of @rural Community, but there is expected involvment of another organisations like members of EFITA (European association for informtics in agriculture} etc. The meeting startig work of this activity will be on 17 and 18th May on Conference InformTION Systems in Agricylture and forestry in Praha

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
  • 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
    The activities will cover all rural regions of Europe
    Societal Sector
    public and private sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    participation of JRC workshop in January 2003, development of WMS services according INSPIRE specification
    Primary Business
    Agriculture forestry