EuroGeographics invited to negotiate over ELFI bid

EC negotiate with EuroGeographics on ELFI
David Overton was bid manager on the ELFI proposal which now advances to negotiation

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.

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; ownership information, as the dominant issue in the interactions between government, businesses and citizens relating to land and water resources;

and 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.

Success in Brussels! Our work on Project ELFI resulted in one of the highest review scores. Bid successful!

Recently David Overton managed a bid on behalf of Client, the National Mapping Agencies of Europe’s association, EuroGeographics.

Another Olympic success....
Triumph for David Overton, dbyhundred, EuroGeographics and the 30 partied consortium, ELFI

The bid is core to the associations central objective “to further the development of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure through collaboration”. David, assisted by the team at EG, managed 30 organisations toward this ambition. And the Reviewers at the European Commission liked it enough to score the proposal at 14 points from a possible 15.  Note that the threshold score was 9! So this isn’t just a success… it’s a measurably great success!

dbyhundred Ltd. and David congratulate the team for landing an excellent project and we wish them the best of luck in their project and their decision making as it progresses towards a start date in January 2013.

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!


The European Autumn

This year it’s fashionable to associate exciting changes with a season.  With holidays over and a rapid move into Autumn it looks as if the Arab Spring will be competing with a European Autumn for headlines whilst the chances of an Indian Summer fade from hope.

In the EuroGeo world I enjoyed the summerINSPIRE and ICA conferences.  These were great opportunities to show off how the mapping and cadastral agencies of Europe can technically work together, advancing plans and proving technologies for a European Spatial data Infrastructure and supporting the PSI directive.

The Autumn tends to be where the political work happens.

Reading the Times this morning the word from our ministers in the UK is that they want further distance from Brussels.  In the UK the belief in the European monetary union is at rock-bottom.  “You can’t have monetary union without political Union” Chancelor Kohl once said.  A call from the past to really form a meaningful bond before deploying the tactics of your union.

Perhaps Helmut’s thinking can apply with the benefit of hindsight in the coming together of official geo data from the member states.  EuroGeographics projects prove the technical feasibility of harmonising this data in an increasingly automated way.  The challenge will be implementing this in a way that all the mapping and cadastral agencise and all their different internal policies can adopt.

The challenge is far from impossible, in fact it’s highly feasible (implementation on many fronts has already begun, see previous link) , and with some of the up-font will, cooperation and infrastructure (political and physical) in place I believe we can succeed.

So, the GeoAutumn marks a move to maturity in working relationship between mapping and cadastral agencies together.  I certainly cannot see the Autumn as a period of  decline in that regard.  More it is a time we can harvest from the work so far and build the working relationships we need to open up this vital resource for all.