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GeoICT SMEs as key-players in the INSPIRE driven innovation: the role of the smeSpire network

Giacomo Martirano

(Submission #301)


Keywords like “digital transformation”, "Digital Single Market”, “public sector modernisation”, “e-government”, “digital economy”, “data economy” are pervading many EU strategies, priorities, plans and agendas which should ultimately improve citizens’ and businesses’ life. In the current economic crisis, businesses, particularly the small-seized ones, are looking for inspirations to turn the new technological challenges into growth opportunities for them. Key questions to be answered are: 1. Are the policy makers, responsible for the implementation of the strategies, priorities, plans and agendas above mentioned, aware of the key role that location based information and geospatial technologies can play in the whole policy lifecycle? 2. Are national governments aware of the benefits that EU initiatives such as INSPIRE and PSI Directives, REFIT Programme, better regulation agenda can bring to their communities? Are they ready, from an organizational point of view, to cope with the legal requirements or to constructively influence the debates around the above mentioned initiatives? 3. Can INSPIRE and its legislative framework be the way forward to streamline data interoperability workflows within and across different policy areas? 4. Is the ecosystem of the geoICT SMEs aware of the big potential represented by geospatial technologies, as enabling factor for many of the keywords above listed? 5. Are the geoICT SMEs ready to offer mature solutions to support the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the above mentioned initiatives? The workshop will group together representatives of geoICT SMEs and of public authorities, possibly at EU, national and subnational levels, involved in geospatial related business processes. They will answer the key-questions, as well as other questions that the audience may ask. The workshop is promoted by the smeSpire network, which is an informal network created during the FP7 project smeSpire “A European community of SMEs built on environmental digital content and languages”, with more than 700 members (80% of which are SMEs) sharing common interests around problems and solutions related to INSPIRE implementations. A reflection on the role that the network can continue to play will be stimulated.


Topic Area:  [4.1]INSPIRE Thinking out of the box – INSPIRE innovation
Abstract Type:  Workshop

Additional Fields

Comments:   smeSpire, digital transformation, Digital Single Market, public sector modernisation, e-government, digital economy, data economy


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