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SNIG 2020: a collaborative vision for the Portuguese spatial data infrastructure

Mário Caetano, Teresa Batista, Pedro Cabral, Nuno Charneca, Alexandra Fonseca, Cidália Fonte, Fernando Gil, José Alberto Gonçalves, Rosário Monteiro, Mário Caetano, Joaquim Pinto da Costa, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Ana Santos, Ricardo Sena and António Júlio Veiga Simão

(Submission #238)


A new approach to SNIG development and INSPIRE implementation in Portugal, based on participated and collaborative processes is being pursued since

2015.Following the diagnostic studyonSNIG and INSPIRE implementation, performed during the first semester, which allowed to characterize the current National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and INSPIRE situation, the Directorate General for Territorial Development (DGT), as INSPIRE NCP and responsible for the NSDI operational coordination,promoted a public discussion eventfollowing the blue sky thinking approach, to allow the participatory construction of a vision and action plan for SNIG and INSPIRE for the next 5 years. This meeting was attended by about 50 guests from government, academia, research centers and the private sector, and allowed to set the so-called SNIG2020, a vision for SNIG for the year 2020, built by collaborative and participatory processes that resulted from a broad national debate about what is expected from the NSDI in the midterm. After the endorsement of the SNIG2020 document by the SNIG Coordination Council (CO-SNIG) and in order to prepare the implementation of this vision, a document entitled SNIG2020 Action Plan- Guiding Principles was produced. This action plan identifies a set of political, institutional, administrative and technical activities to be developed by all entities involved in the coordination, maintenance and operation of SNIG. Thisguiding principles document was approved in early 2016 by CO-SNIG, as the entity responsible for the strategic coordination of SNIG. SNIG 2020 vision main pillars rely on promoting the open access to spatial data in a simple, intuitive and efficient way, based in an open data policy that ensures the sharing of costs among the public entities responsible for the spatial data. Empowering the geographic information (GI) community throughawareness and training,making available tools that enhance GI use, interoperability, harmonization and exploitation is another key aspect of SNIG 2020 vision. SNIG 2020 actively contributes to the definition of international GI strategies, includingthe European Union and the United Nations ones, and promotes the articulation with regional and local SDIs as well as the scientific data repositories. SNIG2020 is the step towards anSDI that providing a better knowledge of the territory through the democratization of geographic information,promotes theinformation society andallows to address societal challengeswhile contributing to sustainable development.


Topic Area:  [2.6] Challenges in creating spatial environmental (reference) data sets
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   INSPIRE, SDI, SNIG2020, Vision, collaborative, Action Plan

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