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Plan4all - Cooperation Without Borders

Tomas Mildorf, Karel Charvat and Bente Lilja Bye

(Submission #22)


A key element of spatial data and service sharing is interoperability. Interoperability is defined by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) as "capability to communicate, execute programs, or transfer data among various functional units in a manner that requires the user to have little or no knowledge of the unique characteristics of those units." [ISO/IEC 2382-1:1993]

This definition directly implies that there need to be a technical infrastructure and data and service semantics to make data and services interoperable. These are the practical aspect of interoperability. However, in real life, there are other aspects of interoperability that are indirectly tackled by this definition. This includes legal and organisational interoperability, so making sure appropriate legislation and coordinated processes between different organisations are in place.

This contribution will present the Plan4all association and its achievements in coordinating community building activities towards interoperable spatial data and service sharing. A special attention will be given to organisational aspects of data interoperability including stakeholder preparedness and cooperation, This includes best practice examples of public private partnership represented by the Plan4all members and the Plan4all community which is associated with INSPIRE, Copernicus, GEOSS, OGC and other global and international initiatives.

Plan4all is a non-profit association sustaining and further enhancing the results of multiple research and innovation projects. Plan4all is an umbrella organisation of 38 partners from 18 countries including public bodies, universities, research organisations and business partners. Plan4all conducts research and experimental development and transfers the gained knowledge into practice. Plan4all aggregates large open datasets related to planning activities in different specialisms including spatial planning, transport, urban planning, environment, tourism and precision farming. Plan4all makes sure that open data are easily accessible for reuse, data are maintained and their quality is improved.


Topic Area:  [2.3] Global cooperation
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   spatial planning, transport, urban planning, environment, tourism and precision farming
Comments:   Plan4all, cooperation, interoperability

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