More good news for a common geographic reference across Europe as the EC invite EuroGeographics to negotiations in September.
The ELFI (European Location Framework I) proposal achieved one of the highest possible scores at the bid stage. With 14 out of 15 possible points there appears to be little that the commission would need to change to this bid.
David Overton at dbyhundred is very proud to have been Bid Manager on this proposal and is delighted to see that it progresses.
In parallel (and through some solid coordination) the European Commission are advancing their plans beyond INSPIRE to encourage a common “EU” location framework (EULF) for all public and private sector use under their ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for a European Public Administrations). Previously INSPIRE has been targeted at the Environmental community, but this development cements the location information industries importance at the heart of policy making in Europe.
David Overton bid managed the ELFI proposal which will be negotiated in September with the EC.
dbyhundred is tracking these trends and analysing forthcoming calls and potential tenders to help clients and associates win their bids in this exciting and growing area.
Colleagues from FIG (the international federation of surveyors) have boiled down the requirements for a spatially enabled society (that’s one where location is added to existing data to increase its value to society) to 6 handy and simple to achieve elements. The added value can be considered to stem from the ease of integration of information held on land, water and other resources. Such integration makes it simpler to manage a cities, countries or regions resources more effectively.
And here they are;-
1. a legal framework to provide the institutional structure for data sharing, discovery, and access;
2. a sound data integration concept to ensure multi-sourced data integration and interoperability;
3. a positioning infrastructure to enable and benefit from precise positioning possibilities;
4. a spatial data infrastructure to facilitate data sharing, to reduce duplication and to link data producers, providers and value adders to data users based on a common goal of data sharing;
5.land ownership information, as the dominant issue in the interactions between government, businesses and citizens relating to land and water resources;
6.data and information to respect certain basic principles and to increase the availability and interoperability of free to re-use spatial data from different actors and sectors.
Well, it’s hard to disagree with all of these, but once you read the full report you realise that the spatial data infrastructure is not just one item, but is the tool to achieve at least elements 2,3,5 and 6. For an indepth experience on setting up such an infrastructure see our work on ESDIN.