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CAPAP – a way to make spatial information more popular

Marcin Grudzień

(Submission #242)


Spatial information is a key ingredient of a modern state. It allows to support a decision making process from micro scale of a individuals and household up to a big international organisations. INSPIRE makes spatial information interoperable by giving users standardised building blocks including: datasets, services, metadata.

For last 11 years public sector organisations in Europe struggle to implement INSPIRE. The process of implementation, although demanding and time consuming, brings some good results. Every day there is more and more spatial datasets available in the net. However, INSPIRE is widely perceived as a framework for experts - GIS geeks and this significantly hinders its utilization.

Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGiK) as national mapping and cadastral authority works on INSPIRE from its beginnings. Currently, GUGiK provides hundreds of spatial datasets and services to its users. However, at some point during INSPIRE implementation process it became clear that some of stakeholders encountered issues when integrating with the services that GUGiK publishes. It turned out that something what GIS specialists find simple (like interfaces of INSPIRE network services and spatial data models) stands as an impenetrable barrier for some of stakeholders. Users need:

• services and applications with simple “convenience” APIs and GUIs,

• standardised but not „spatial” interfaces like SOAP, REST,

• simplified data models,

• popular, non-spatial data exchange formats; GeoJSON instead of GML,

• eye catching and simple map compositions,

• applications indexable by a search engines,

• simple licensing, open data.

GUGiK developed few applications and services following above mentioned principles. However, there always have been potential for more. In 2015 project Spatial Analysis Centre of Public Administration (CAPAP) has been launched. The main goal of the project is to make spatial information more popular. In order to achieve the goal several simple and intuitive applications have been created including:

• data catalogue - for allowing users to store and publish spatial data,

• map creator – for building and publishing different types of maps,

• spatial analysis creator – for conducting and publishing spatial analysis,

• data validator – for validating spatial datasets against user requirements.

It is important to mention that these applications work in standard internet browsers and do not requires any additional plugins.

With this GUGiK plans to strengthen its position in Poland as crucial player in the field of eGovernment and spatial information.


Topic Area:  [1.17] Other applications
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   CAPAP; GIS applications; GIS tools;

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