eSDI-NET+ Network for promotion of cross border dialogue and exchange of best practices on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI’s) throughout Europe
| Country: EU Projects
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Project Type: Network
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Contaminated land-->Information management systems-->Data storage
Contaminated land-->Information management systems-->Geographical information systems
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The objective of eSDI-NET+, is to bring together existing SDI key players and target users in a
Thematic Network to be established as a platform for communication and exchange between
different stakeholders invo lved in the creation and use of SDI’s. The network will promote highlevel
decisions, technical discussion and information exchange, in order to increase awareness
concerning the importance of GI enrichment and of SDI’s for GI reuse, to allow an integrated view
of the experts and to permit the creation of integrated guidelines, standards, and implementation of
best practices. Within the network, communication mechanisms between the European and local
levels will be implemented to maximize the benefits of INSPIRE, GMES and GALILEO, regarding
digital GI content.
Technological development and increasing awareness about the importance of geographical data
have compelled the fast growing of digital content of this kind. This growth has not been accompanied
by dissemination and accessibility measures. Geographical data are typically clustered by
application segments, and re-use of data is often not foreseen. This impacts very negatively on the
costs and on the real accessibility of Geographic Information (GI).
The enrichment of geographical data by semantically well-defined metadata and, as foreseen in the
INSPIRE context, the widespread implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) allowing
extensive GI reuse, will contribute to solve today’s problems.
| Achieved Objectives:
The KICKOFF Meeting of eSDI-NET+ will take place from the 20th to 21st of September in Darmstadt, Germany. In the 3-year project co-funded by the EU and under
the coordination of INI-GraphicsNet Stiftung, 21 organisations of 15 countries will contribute to the establishment of the GI Thematic Network.
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