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Innovation potential of the European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI)

Mikael Pedersen and Jørgen Tulstrup

(Submission #451)


A first basic version of the European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI) was released in June 2016 and serves a number of key datasets stemming from past and current European projects such as OneGeology-Europe, Minerals4EU, EMODnet, Pangeo etc. Besides providing an entrance to the more than 500 data layers from the 13 projects that is hosted by EGDI V. 1 and the several thousand datasets in the associated metadata catalogue, the EGDI portal provides a number of examples of how the data from the infrastructure can be combined to provide useful information in support of real use cases. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. The actual innovation potential of the EGDI reaches far beyond, not least when considering the possibilities that lie within the inclusion of more datasets in the future and the combination of the EGDI data with data from other European e-Infrastructures.

Geology is truly multidisciplinary by nature and geological data are therefore gathered for different purposes covering for example groundwater management, raw materials exploration, geohazard mitigation, habitat mapping and assessment, site surveying for offshore windfarms etc. The EGDI serves as a single-point of access to all such data, which not only makes data easier to find – a great benefit for private companies and research communities – but also provides a unique possibility to explore and combine such data into new applications that facilitate novel multidisciplinary research and foster innovation and new business opportunities.

The presentation will provide examples of existing and potential future uses of EGDI in different domains and from the perspective of users from policy, industry, research and public administration.


Topic Area:  [2.2] Multi-disciplinary e-infrastructures
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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