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Spatial Collaboration in Austria - Its Impact on INSPIRE and e-Government

Markus Jobst and Wolfgang Fahrner

(Submission #177)


The infrastructure for spatial information is pushed by European Union legislation, which aims at supporting environmental development and governance. Mainly the INSPIRE directive (EC/2/2007) triggers the establishment of an infrastructure following principles of a Service-Oriented Architecture. Latest market evaluations, e.g. within the ISA2/ELISE funding, and a more fundamental consideration of member states pragmatics lead to the creation of the “pull mechanism” in the INSPIRE SDI implementation sequence (Paul and Donnelly 2002). The success of INSPIRE becomes more and more defined by its applicability, wider use and therefore leads to support actions (INSPIRE helpdesk, INSPIRE in practice, INSPIRE thematic clusters, …) and continuous change management, which is steered by a maintenance implementing group (MIG, MIG-T, …). An increasing pragmatic of INSPIRE provokes advanced activities.

Advanced activities are placed at various levels of the infrastructure, like the creation, processing and dissemination. Activities for the creation concerns data recording as well as infrastructure components, whereas the recording of data and the software development may be (financially) supported by distributed stakeholders or authorities. Advanced activities of processing may lead to substantial processes for specific data themes of infrastructure components within a collaborative custodianship. Advanced activities may lead to a common available high-performance dissemination of collaborative created and processed content.

This contribution reports the status of spatial collaboration in the various levels (creation, processing, dissemination) of the spatial landscape and its impact on e-government in Austria. This report highlights the main challenges of collaboration, issues the importance of data- and process quality and explores the outcomes as well as requirements of the collaborative custodianship in the national SDI evolution. The national experiences and examples given in this contribution will be translated to generic terms in order to be of help for european management actions.


Topic Area:  [2.1] National approaches and strategies
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   Collaboration, Service-Oriented Architecture, Stewardship, SDI, INSPIRE

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