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Base Map Specification

Morten Borrebaek, Nils Ivar Nes and Steinar Hoeseggen

(Submission #172)


The EEA and Norway Grants represent Norway’s contribution to reducing social and economic disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Grants scheme also strengthens ties and cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries.

The basis for the Grants scheme is the EEA Agreement, which forms the foundation of Norway’s cooperation with the EU. The Agreement provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital, and access for Norwegian companies to a market with more than 500 million people. The EEA Agreement includes a common goal to work together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe. Norway contributes towards this goal through the Grants scheme.

Spatial data is a substantial part of the Norway Grants. For the coming years, approximately 14M€ will be applied in Europe and globally where establishment of primary base map data is a component (particular countries in the eastern part of Europe). To assist the map production projects in beneficiary countries, a technical framework has been developed. This framework contains a UML repository (UML model) as a building block for national extensions. In this framework we focus on the Norwegian experience in traditional map production and aligning this with the INSPIRE data specifications for the relevant themes, and the ELF (European Location Framework) extensions where applicable. This model framework will be the basis for documenting product specifications for production of primary base map data that are:

• practical for international tendering,

• aligned with INSPIRE specifications,

• take advantage of the high quality specification in the existing Norwegian material

Since the main focus will be on the photogrammetric production, the resulting data specifications will not immediately be fully INSPIRE compliant, more semantics (attributes and associations) can be added later according to each countries requirements. This model framework will also be the basis for production of other artefacts, like database generation and GML application schemas) and can be extended to full Base Map domain models.


Topic Area:  [2.2] International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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