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The Plan4all geoportal provides the means to search for spatial data sets and spatial data services with regard to spatial planning. It allows the user to view and download spatial data sets (subject to access restrictions) and related metadata.

This version is a prototype Plan4all geoportal and allows discovery and viewing of spatial data sets and services. The prototype Plan4all geoportal currently accesses a limited number of discovery and view services.

Collaboration area: Networking with the stakeholders, data providers

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Czech Association for Geoinformation (CAGI)

http://inspire.jrc.ec.eur opa.eu/index.cfm/pag eid/42/list/7/id/7097

CAGI is a non-profit professional national umbrella organization active continuously in Geoinformatics. Its mission is:

  • To monitore, disseminate, iniciate, promote, and develop progressive methods, tools and organisational processess in NSDI to get an effective production and re-use of metainformation in all level GIS in the Czech Republic.
  • To get the geodata and geoinformation more accessible, in better and clear quality.
  • To develop the GI market, to share expertize and special knowledge internationally.

CAGI playes a key role in the Czech society as a permanent monitoring body, associating GI professionals, evaluating the quality of geodata production, GI technology and services usage and active and strong disseminative and edificative stakeholder.

Collaboration area: network of stakeholders including local and regional authorities

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Networking and Cooperation among Subjects in Geoinformatics (GeoInfoNet)


The project Networking and Cooperation among Subjects in Geoinformatics (GeoInfoNET) is supported by the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme, under the priority axis Tertiary Education, Research and Development and in the areas of support Partnerships and Network.

The project is focused on cooperation among the parties interested in the education, research, development and the application of geoinformatics (GI). Geoinformatics, as a young application field, is going through a development and it is infiltrating into many fields of human activity. There has been a development of knowledge, but there has been no sharing of it.

The subject of the project is the strengthening of the partnership and cooperation among partner institutions. During the project, the cooperating subjects are going to create a network GeoInfoNET dealing with all areas of geoinformatics. It will increase the mutual awareness of educational, research and application activities. It will also enhance cooperation with the joint solving of tasks and the organizing of the events to share the latest knowledge.

Collaboration area: networking, dissemination of results

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BRISEIDE is a ICT Policy Support Programme project within EU's Competitiveness and Innovation FrameWork Programme.

The ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) aims at stimulating innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses, particularly Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The approach is based on leveraging innovation in response to growing societal demands.

Collaboration area: Exploitation of results

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German Umbrella Organisation for Geoinformation (DDGI)


The DDGI – Deutscher Dachverband für Geoinformation e.V. is a non-profit organisation. Its aim is to emphasise and raise the public awareness of the significance of geoinformation. It enforces the geoinformation industry with the help of political lobbying and names the issues leading to a strengthening of geoinformation both in the respective federal state and at federal level. Thus, offers, accessibility, and usability of geodata in all relevant bodies shall be optimised and the economic benefit shall be realised. The quality model initiated by the DDGI for geodata (PAS 1071) deliberately draws the attention to the quality of the data. The organisation works internationally. On the European level, the DDGI e. V. represents the German interests within the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI) and is accredited by the European Commission as lobbying association.

Collaboration area: network of stakeholders including local and regional authorities

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E.L.F. – European Location Framework (Eurogeographics)


The E.L.F is a technical infrastructure which delivers authorative, interoperable, cross-border geospatial reference data for analysing and understanding information connected to places and features.

Collaboration area: Mapping Agencies and Cadastral Agencies are collaborating to create services around Europe

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The HLANDATA project, led by the Government of Navarre and TRACASA, aims to demonstrate the feasible European level harmonization of the Land Use and Land Cover datasets taking into account both the data categorization and the data models, for any of their possible uses and users, through the development of user-oriented value-added services.

Land Cover is referred to the physical, chemical, ecological or biological categorization of the earth surface. Land Use is referred to the categorization of the territory based on its current and future planned socio-economic purpose. Land Use and Land Cover are amongst the most important geographic information themes today.

This project is fully aligned with the INSPIRE European Directive (Land Use and Land Cover themes are included in its annexes II and III) and it follows the line of the European Directive 003/98/EC on the reuse of public sector information.

Collaboration area: exploitation of results

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The i-SCOPE project plans to develop and test technologies for the so-called smart cities services based on interoperable 3D Urban Information Models (UIM). Indeed, the latest generation of UIM, created from accurate urban-scale geospatial information, can be used to create smart web services based on geometric, semantic, morphological and structural information at urban scale level, which can be used by local governments.

i-SCOPE aims at providing a significant contribution to standards in the domain of smart city services, through contribution to the extension and wider adoption of CityGML as a key enabling open standard for 3D smart city services. Moreover, i-SCOPE will deliver an open platform on top of which to develop three smart city services.

Collaboration area: exploitation of results, networking, technology, exchange of experiences

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Humboldt contributes to the implementation of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates the diversity of spatial data available for a multitude of European organisations. It is the aim to manage and advance important parts of the implementation process of this ESDI.

The main goal of the Humboldt project is to enable organisations to document, publish and harmonise their spatial information. The software tools and processes created will demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe as planned by the INSPIRE initiative, meeting the goals of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

Collaboration area: exploitation of results, networking, technology, exchange of experiences

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DHP – Data Harmonisation Panel


The data harmonisation panel has been established with the goal of supporting the international community of experts and organisations that have to deal with spatial data harmonisation by disseminating, exploiting and advancing harmonisation methods and technologies such as the HUMBOLDT Tools and Services.

Collaboration area: networking, exchange of experiences

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The urbanAPI – Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project will provide urban planners with the tools needed to actively analyse, plan and manage the urban environment.

Collaboration area: contacts to the stakeholders, information exchange

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URBAN-NEXUS is all about enabling knowledge transfer and dialogue to form long-lasting partnerships in and between cities and regions to deal with integrated sustainable urban development. In order to achieve a sustainable city, a vast range of interconnected issues need to be linked up: these include environment and urban planning, energy, water scarcity, transport, tourism, technology and innovation, governance and education, social equity and cohesion, and sustainable consumption. Cities in Europe today must respond to this variety of sometimes conflicting demands. Our URBAN-NEXUS conceptual framework provides the basis for ordering and prioritisation of the various elements, highlighting the strategically critical elements, and also providing principles to define the interconnectedness of all elements.

As a Coordination and Support Action, URBAN-NEXUS will focus on combining existing knowledge into useful and shared 'integration perspectives'. Through these integration perspectives URBAN-NEXUS will identify which practices and innovations from various policy fields (urban climate resilience, health and quality of life, competing for urban land) can practically be combined with the practices and innovations from other policy fields to create integrated and viable solutions for more sustainable cities. Moreover, URBAN-NEXUS seeks to promote long-term strategic partnerships that respond to the dynamics of self-organising governance and that act as platforms to bring forward the integration perspectives.

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SmartOpenData will create a Linked Open Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environment protection and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. This will provide opportunities for SMEs to generate new innovative products and services that can lead to new businesses in the environmental, regional decision-making and policy areas among others. The value of the data will be greatly enhanced by making it available through a common query language that gives access to related datasets available in the linked open data cloud. The commonality of data structure and query language will overcome the monolingual nature of typical datasets, making them available in multiple languages.

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OpenTransportNet (OTN) is Europe's premier innovation network dedicated to the transport domain. Widely publicized through viral campaigns, traditional media and promotion by industry champions, OTN hubs for accessing and utilizing transport related data to stimulate new service creation are found in all European cities, regions and countries. Accessed through a single URL, users regularly visit OTN Hubs to enhance their existing services and kick-start the innovation of new services.

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The main target of SDI4Apps is to bridge the 1) top-down managed world of INSPIRE, Copernicus and GEOSS built by SDI experts and 2) the bottom-up mobile world of voluntary initiatives and thousands of micro SMEs and individuals developing applications (apps). SDI4Apps will secure that users profit from INSPIRE and INSPIRE profits from different voluntary initiatives. SDI4Apps will build a WIN-WIN strategy for building a successful business for hundreds of European SMEs on the basis of INSPIRE, Copernicus and GEOSS.

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The key point of FOODIE project is creating a platform hub on the cloud where spatial and non-spatial data related to agricultural sector are available for agri-food stakeholders groups and interoperable. It will offer an infrastructure for the building of an interacting and collaborative network; the integration of existing open datasets related to agriculture; data publication and data linking of external agriculture data sources, providing specific and high-value applications and services for the support of planning and decision-making processes. In order to realize FOODIE concept and the service platform hub, the project pursues the following objectives:

  • Exploiting of existing spatial information resources and services from various domains coming from different initiatives like INSPIRE, SISE, GMES/Copernicus, GNSS, GALILEO, GEOSS , GBIF, EUNIS, EEA, etc.
  • Designing and creating an open and interoperable geospatial platform hub on the cloud based on existing software components from research results and available solutions in the market;
  • Integrating external agriculture production and food market data using principles of Open Linked Data;
  • Using of open and flexible lightweight Application Programming Interface (API) for the publishing of datasets by private and public stakeholders in the agricultural and environmental area (e.g., datasets provided by local sensor networks deployed in situ in farms, knowledge from farm communities, agricultural services companies, etc.) and making it available in the platform hub as open linked data (and enabling it to further processing and reasoning over it);
  • Availability of specific and high-value applications and services for the support in the planning and decision-making processes of the different stakeholders groups;
  • Providing security mechanisms to prevent the unauthorized access and use of the platform users' personal information as well as the data published by them;
  • Offering a marketplace where data can be discovered and exchanged with the additional contribute of external companies that can publish their own agricultural applications based on the data, services and applications provided by FOODIE.
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