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Assessing the status of Open SDI/INSPIRE in Europe

Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Kotryna Valečkaitė and Bastiaan van Loenen

(Submission #244)


In the past twenty years, European public authorities have invested considerable resources in the development of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). With the European INSPIRE Directive as an important driver, national spatial data infrastructures were developed throughout Europe to facilitate and coordinate the exchange and sharing of geographic data. While the original focus of these spatial data infrastructures was mainly on data sharing among public authorities, it became more and more evident that these data could also be of great value to users outside the public sector. In recent years, several countries and public administrations started to make a shift towards the establishment of an ‘open’ spatial data infrastructure, in which also businesses, citizens and non-governmental actors were considered as key stakeholders of the infrastructure. Open SDI and open INSPIRE not only is about opening spatial data to citizens, businesses and other stakeholders in society, but also about opening the infrastructure itself, and allowing these non-government stakeholders to contribute to the development of the infrastructure.

The aim of this presentation is to explore and investigate the status of Open SDI/INSPIRE in Europe. The main results and findings will be presented of an assessment of the openness of NSDI/INSPIRE implementation in different European Member States carried out by students of the MSc Programme Geomatics of Delft University of Technology. The assessment focused on four main dimensions of the Open SDIs: the readiness, the accessibility of data, the use of data and the associated benefits. Readiness of the Open SDI/INSPIRE is about the active contribution to and involvement of businesses, citizens and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of the infrastructure. Accessibility of data addresses not only the legal and technological accessibility of data to non-government users, but also the findability and re-usability. Use of the Open SDI focuses of the use of SDI/INSPIRE data by businesses, non-profit organizations and citizens to develop new products and services and improve decision making. Benefits, finally, deals with benefits of the infrastructure to these non-government actors. The assessment resulted in a set of recommendations on key actions to be taken in the development of an open SDI/INSPIRE.


Topic Area:  [2.2] INSPIRE in education - concepts and examples for INSPIRE in the curriculums of schools, vocational colleges and universities n
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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