INSPIRE Knowledge Base


SIGMA TER - Servizi Integrati catastali e Geografici per il Monitoraggio Amministrativo del TERritorio - Integrated Geographic and cadastral System for the Administrative Monitoring of TERritory
Mission and Objectives: 
SIGMA TER is a Community involving 25 local authorities (Region Emilia-Romagna as coordinator) to create an infrastructure for exchanging and integrating regional cadastral information. This infrastructure is designed to enable the development of new services for private citizens and businesses and to provide support in the use of local property registers and the management of local property taxation. It is widely known, in fact, that the combined use of different spatial data in the management of the territory has an impact on widening the access to public information, enabling a better targeting of policies and services, reducing the costs of data collection and management and freeing resources for a wider service catalogue. This process started spontaneously at different extents in a number of territory all over Europe and dramatically increased in recent years thanks to the diffusion of reliable technologies based on Internet enabling a better interoperability and integration between information systems. Despite that the process is still at the beginning as the technical and socio-economic characteristics of the spatial information make the problems of co-ordination, information gaps, undefined quality and barriers to accessing and using the information particularly acute. In fact the problem regarding the availability, quality, organisation and accessibility of spatial information involves and is common to a large number of policy and information themes and is experienced across the various level of public authority. The strategic relevance of the process and its widespread diffusion prompted for the identification of an European framework for spatial data management through the INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe initiative (INSPIRE) aiming at making available relevant, harmonised and quality geographic information for the purpose of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Community policy-making. The services based on the INSPIRE vision should allow the users to identify and access spatial or geographical information from a wide range of sources, from the local level to the global level, in an inter-operable way for a variety of uses. Members of SIGMA TER have already gained experience that can be useful for the future INSPIRE implementation, in particular on the following issues: - the development of a specific multi-platform infrastructure, based on existing land information systems, between different administrative level; - the implementation and publishing of services to access geographic information; - the open management of metadata. SIGMA TER is a national leader on the use of international standards related to GI (ISO19100 serie) and services (W3C, OGC) that allows the cooperation and interoperability between different systems ands data. (the community is also involved into CEN-TC287 Working Group 5 activity - European SDI, through the participation of some members). For more details about SIGMA TER project see section 3.3 – Register a Running Project and the reference materials submitted.
Formal Mandate: 
Some members of the community, e.g. the Cadastral Agency and the municipalities, have the formal mandate to maintain and down the National Cadastral DataBase. Other local authorities (Regions, Procinces, Municipalities have to produce, maintain and share different kind of data, not only geographical but also tax, transport and planning information). Gathering and integrating information by different institutional level, make the Territorial Integrated DataBase, developed in SIGMA TER a powerful data knowledge base to increase and facilitate the territorial manegemnt and development. SIGMA TER was also partially funded by the National Government trough the Italian e-Government Programme of the Department of Information Technology.
In e-government services: - cadastral information; - local property taxation; - local authoritation; - data integration from different institutional and competence level. In technology: - SW development - Standardization - Architecture Design - Consulting/technical services
The project developers are: the regional governments of Emilia-Romagna (project co-ordinator), Abruzzo, Liguria, Toscana, Valle d’Aosta; the Cadastral Agency, the provincial local authorities of Bologna, Genova, Parma, Piacenza, Pisa; the mountain communities of Alta Val Polcevera and Garfagnana; the municipalities of Bologna, Cesena, Collesalvetti, Faenza, Ferrara, Genova, La Spezia, Livorno, Lugo, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Rimini. In addition to these local authorities there are a further 150 authorities who have put their names forward as re-users of the solutions and experiences which will be developed during the project.

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
  • 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
    5 Regions, 5 Provinces, 12 Municipalities, 2 Mountain Communities. For details see
    Societal Sector
    Regional - Local government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Region Emilia-Romagna has already gained a lot of experience in the field of interoperability and accessibility of territorial information. Emilia-Romagna was involved in the development of the Italian Spatial Data Infrastructure that allows the integration of different kind of data from a wide range of sources. Region Emilia-Romagna participated actively to the INSPIRE initiative and has been acknowledged as a best practice at the national level as they “…anticipated the setting up of services that will be required by the INSPIRE legislation.” (Lesson learnt from Italian NSDI – JRC, 2004 ) In fact the Region converted in digital form the catalogue of the data developed since several years and it is now migrating to become ISO compliant. The Region Emilia-Romagna has been also very active in the definition at the national level of the technical specifications to make possible both the interoperability between databases related to the surroundings Regions and also the internal co-ordination with other Local and national Authorities.
    Primary Business
    In e-government services: cadastral information, local property taxation, local authoritation, data integration from different institutional and competence level.