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Thematic Plenaries

"Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together" - INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2020

Plenaries - 12/05/2020

Thematic Plenary I: Data for environmental policy

10:30 – 12:00

The challenge for the future lies in using digital technologies to drive the ecological transition agenda in Europe, avoiding an increase in waste production and energy use while creating new economic opportunities.

The advancement of these digital technologies and their applications present an opportunity to collect an unprecedented amount of data about the environment that can support decision-making and policy development. From a policy perspective, data is not only needed to better understand key societal challenges and how they interact to impact on other ambitions for sustainability, but will also provide the means to monitor progress.

The plenary will look at the green transition on national, European and global level and explore how digital solutions and the power of data address both environmental and socio-economic challenges at hand.

Thematic Plenary II: Towards (geospatial) data ecosystems

14:00 – 15:30

The plenary will highlight the existing practices in data management from public and private sector in order to better understand key challenges and opportunities in the development of data ecosystems.

The focus will be on geospatial data but not exclusively. To address data ecosystems challenges, many different factors may need to be considered and we would like to discuss technical, organisational and governance aspects. The existing good practices in access, sharing and re-use should be explored. Interoperability between different sectorial data spaces is also an important aspect to be highlighted in order to avoid creation of any new “data silos”.

We would like to explore the whole data management cycle from feeding the data ecosystem with data to the final usage. Accordingly, we will try to answer what are the roles of different parties in the data management cycle (public sector, private sector and citizens) and how to build sustainable digital data ecosystem?

Thematic Plenary III: Applications and cross-cutting issues

16:00 – 17:30

Environmental policies have in the past years shifted from targeted policies towards integrated and systemic policy frameworks. Fundamental and sustainable transitions are needed to accomplish the goals behind these new frameworks. Since 2015 and prominently in 2020, EEA’s State of the Environment Report identified that ‘there is a gap between established monitoring, data and indicators and the knowledge required to support transitions’. These transitions are affecting many areas both nationally and internationally and entail ‘profound changes in dominant institutions, practices, technologies, policies, lifestyles and thinking’ over a long period of time.

The plenary will highlight recent trends in these transitions. It will provide examples of areas where progress has been made with the help of new concepts and technologies and through novel data management and communication approaches supported by modernised information technology. 

Guidance and implementation actions are being established under the Digital Europe process (EU data strategy, eGovernment action plan, modernised PSI and Inspire legislation …) as well as by most Member States. Open Data and Open Science initiatives are becoming operational and help pave the way to increase access and usage of data in ‘digital ecosystems’.