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The Belgium federal geo-platform: geo-brokering in practice

Danny Vandenbroucke and Nathalie Delattre

(Submission #331)


Geographic Information is an important asset at the federal level in Belgium. Even if territorial policies are a responsibility of the sub-national level, the regions, there are still several key spatial data providers acting at the federal level: the National Mapping Agency (NGI/IGN), the Cadastre Agency (AAPD/AGDP), the National Statistics Institute (ADSEI), the Meteorological Institute (KMI/IRM), the Belgian Geological Service (GDB/SGB), etc. In addition to the spatial data producers, there are several important spatial data users, e.g. the Federal Department of Transport and Mobility. Until recently, the data resources from the data providers were dispersed and difficult to find, access and use. In order to improve the situation, the IGN launched a project called INITGeoBE and recently started a follow-up project called GeoBE, to develop the necessary INSPIRE components at the federal level. A geo-ICT strategy was elaborated, the first ideas of a federal spatial data policy were initiated and technological components were developed including a one-stop geo-portal (B-version), view and download services and metadata descriptions of the data and services. Particular attention was paid to the multilingual aspects of the INSPIRE implementation with an important impact not only on the metadata, but also on the implementation of federal geoportal (GeoNetwork issues). However, the geo-platform offers more than just the geo-portal. Procedures and guidelines have been prepared to help federal partners to contribute to the development and maintenance of the federal INSPIRE infrastructure. In the context of the European Location Framework (ELF) project some of the spatial data sets have been transformed to data products based on INSPIRE data specifications. The experience has been integrated in procedures and guidelines for transforming spatial data. Another document describes the procedures and provides guidance for feeding the federal geo-catalogue. This document is complemented with guidelines for the creation of INSPIRE metadata. Finally procedures and guidelines for testing and validating metadata, services and spatial data sets should guarantee that INSPIRE conformant resources become available. The paper will present the strategy that was adopted and how a collaborative approach was developed to involved all the relevant stakeholders. Some of the results will be shown including the federal geoportal which follows a service centric approach. Lessons learned will be presented as well.


Topic Area:  [2.2] Technologies and tools required to deliver INSPIRE
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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