The INSPIRE team at the JRC participated in the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2022 conference, held in Florence, Italy on August 22-28. This is the annual conference of the open source geospatial community and was attended by 1000+ delegates onsite and around 200 online. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to meet organisations and stakeholders involved in INSPIRE, including from the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), INSPIRE representatives from some Member States, the academic community and the private companies active in the field of INSPIRE and Spatial Data Infrastructures.
The European Commission was a partner of the event. With the support of several other Commission DGs (ESTAT, CNECT, ENV, AGRI, RTD), the JRC organised a one-day track titled A European approach to geospatial open source, aimed to offer an overview of the geospatial open source ecosystem currently existing in Europe, with selected presentations delivered from the Commission, European organisations, Member States, the private sector and representatives of EU-funded projects. The track was opened by an invited speech given by Thomas Gageik, Director of DIGIT.B Digital Business Solutions, on the role of open source (geospatial) software in the Commission.
The following talks relevant to INSPIRE were delivered and/or co-authored by JRC staff: