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INSPIRE Conference 2020: Call for abstracts open




The INSPIRE Conference 2020, "Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together", will take place in Dubrovnik, 12-15 May 2020

The call for abstracts is now open!  Deadline 15 December 2019

We propose 3 strands for the conference:

  • Collaboration - past experiences and future outlook
  • Digital Solutions
  • Applications for society

1: Collaboration - past experiences and future outlook

What we have learned in the INSPIRE process so far is that a technical infrastructure is only as good as the social infrastructure that underpins it. For this reason, INSPIRE is good example of the value added of the EU: to bring people together to collaborate!

One of the most challenging aspects was to put in place an open and participatory framework in which all the organisations involved could find a voice in defining the technical and organisational elements of the infrastructure, and develop a community of people helping each other in the implementation. It is the right moment to reflect on past experiences and discuss future collaboration.

We are interested in exploring and discussing collaboration between government, private sector, academia and citizens.


  1. National approaches and strategies
  2. International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
  3. Global cooperation
  4. Macro-regional cooperation
  5. Local-Regional cooperation
  6. Cooperation on standardization
  7. INSPIRE and Businesses (private sector collaboration)
  8. Regulatory aspects
  9. PSI and reverse PSI

2: Digital Solutions

Digital transformation is changing governments, public sector agencies and organisations, businesses, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage digital technologies and their accelerating impact across society. 

We want to discuss the latest evolutions of innovative ways of using data and digital solutions for policy making and implementation for the benefit of achieving the sustainable development goals. This will help guide the future work on existing data legislation, in particular the INSPIRE Directive. The INSPIRE process was a 20-year commitment from the definition of the policy framework in 2001 to its full implementation in 2021. The technical coordination and implementation of INSPIRE, played a crucial role since the beginning. It includes 

  • the definition of the technical elements of the policy framework,
  • coordination of the development of the new standards and data specifications in collaboration with all the Member States and their nominated experts,
  • and help to the Member States in the implementation.

Therefore, sustaining the momentum and constantly expanding the community with sound and impartial technical advice in the face of changing technologies and policy priorities is very important in order to support sustainable future.

We are interested in exploring and discussing new innovations and digital solutions, including but not limited to:

  1. Remote Sensing
  2. Artificial intelligence
  3. Edge/Fudge v Cloud
  4. Commercial and Open Source GIS technology
  5. Internet of Things (IOT)
  6. Enablers - broadband, 5G
  7. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  8. Positioning
  9. Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  10. Tools: Data models - transformation
  11. Education, training and capacity building

3: Applications for society

The success of the INSPIRE should be measured through the usage of the infrastructure. Building of the applications and Application Program Interface (APIs) on top of the infrastructure is crucial to assure usage and sustainability. This conference offers the opportunity to have an exchange of view regarding applications and usage. The participation of technology and tools providers from the private and open source communities will be an important contribution to the debate.

Such applications may have been developed at European, national, regional, local and even global level, in the context of cross-border collaborations and could cover a wide range of policy relevant themes.

It would be interesting to learn from projects which have been put in place as a direct support to the implementation of EU and national/regional policies, in particular but not exclusively, environmental policies and/or policies having an impact on the environment.

We are also interested to hear about applications where data and information available through the Copernicus, GEO/GEOSS and Galileo/EGNOS programmes and other sources of 'Big Data' and/or citizens' science projects have been used in combination with the INSPIRE spatial data and services.


  1. Environment
  2. Climate change
  3. Energy
  4. Raw materials and resource management
  5. Agriculture and aquaculture
  6. Mobility and transport
  7. Digital Government
  8. Smart cities and smart rural areas
  9. Spatial planning (land – maritime – coastal zones)
  10. Sharing economy (e.g. waste management)
  11. Applications for the citizen
  12. Compliance assurance
  13. Other applications

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