6 steps to a Spatially Enabled Society

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.

ESDIN wins prize for Geospatial Excellence!

We’re celebrating tonight as the project we coordinated and administered with Eurogeographics is recognised for it’s contribution to Policy implementation in Europe.

The Geospatial World Forum has made the award for the projects contribution to making INSPIRE legislation implementation practical and achievable… but also (as we’ve said before) … a bit more useful!

In the project we developed the tools and best practices that ensure that the official mapping data from each country can seamlessly fit together regardless of scale, providing Europe with a fabulous reference for all Policy decisions and commerce.

Progressing beyond this we are now involved again in the European Location Framework; putting the ESDIN tools and processes into action right across Europe.

Well done team!


Our ESDIN begins to influence

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on Socium.  Well I now know what 1 Spatial have been up to.  And I would like our mutual involvement in ESDIN to take some of the credit ;-).

During the project we established that:-

1) The way to get the most value out of public sector information (particularly in re-use) is to have a common reference behind it, and

2) The only way to start the chain of events that lead to this consistent, cross border multiple scale harmonised european spatial data infrastructure … is to make sure your data conforms to a common standard.

Addressing this, 1 Spatial built a system based upon their Radius Studio where a set of validation rules could confirm that your data cuts the mustard.  That’s great… if you’ve spent the money on the software and consultency.

Well, now Socium appears to have addressed this; following the Freemium and Cloud trends I’ve blogged about a few times it is now possible to validate your geographic data free of charge. Go for the premium option and you’ll get the full report you need to adapt your data.

A significant barrier has been dropped.  And together with the free software, test tools and experience from ESDIN we are closer to really unlocking PSI!

For what may come next read my article in this months GeoConnexion