Digital transformation and the future of SDIs

Francesco Pignatelli, Robin Smith, Ray Boguslawski and Simon Vrecar

(Submission #339)


It is 25 years since the first national Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) were being considered and 15 years since INSPIRE was being formulated. In that time, there has been exponential growth in the use of digital technology for public administrations, businesses and citizens. What is the role of SDIs and INSPIRE in this context and how do they need to change? The European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) Action of the ISA2 Programme is developing frameworks and solutions for using location information to support digital government transformation. With this workshop, ELISE wants to find out what INSPIRE stakeholders see as opportunities, challenges, gaps and solutions in this context. The workshop aims to be highly interactive, with brief presentations to introduce key topics followed by group discussions and feedback. From the workshop, attendees will understand better the nature of digital government transformation and how SDIs will need to evolve and they will be able to share their experiences and views, including highlighting where ELISE could provide support. The target audience is public sector digital government, ICT, geospatial and INSPIRE actors and companies providing products and services to support digital government or use public sector location data. Participants in this workshop are recommended to attend the accompanying ELISE workshop “General Data Protection Regulation: Trusting the use of your personal location data”, which explores the data privacy implications of this digital shift and the steps introduced in Europe to enhance data protection through the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The workshop agenda is as follows:

  1. Developments in ELISE on digital government transformation
  2. How governments are transforming their services and business models for the digital age (e.g. using digital platforms, APIs and blockchain), how well placed are SDIs in this context and how do they need to change?
  3. How is INSPIRE contributing to digital transformation of government?
  4. A country perspective on digital government transformation and use of location data.

Group brainstorming and feedback. Topics discussed include:

  1. The drivers, success stories, enablers and barriers in digital government transformation.
  2. The technologies deployed as well as a look to the future.
  3. How SDIs and INSPIRE may need to adapt.
  4. How ELISE may help in filling ‘knowledge gaps’.


Topic Area: 
[3.1] Making INSPIRE work in 2025
Abstract Type:  Workshop

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   Digital government service provider
Comments:   This ‘Digital Transformation’ workshop is complemented by another ELISE workshop: ‘GDPR: Trusting the use of your personal location data’. A request is made to schedule the 'GDPR' workshop after the 'Digital Transformation' workshop.


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