UN-GGIM: Europe Offers Inspiration for Global Data Delivery

by | Sep 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 ” European initiatives to deliver harmonised dependable geospatial information could help provide a global solution to meet demand for interoperable data, says UN-GGIM: Europe.

The workshop, part of the fifth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), demonstrated how Europe is managing, sharing and distributing harmonised, dependable and seamless geospatial information across boundaries.

It highlighted how the INSPIRE Directive provides a framework for cooperation to ensure compatibility between national spatial data infrastructures (SDI) whilst the European Location Framework provides the practical means for delivering operational cross-border data and pan-European services.

INSPIRE builds on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by the Member States of the European Union through the agreement of common implementing rules, says Bengt Kjellson, Chair of the UN-GGIM: Europe Executive Committee.

The European Location Framework takes this to the next level to meet the demand for a single access point to countries' geospatial reference data and services. It is being used to deliver the Arctic SDI and is also considered Europe's contribution to UN-GGIM.

Achieving data interoperability requires collaboration and agreement on the data that needs to be harmonised at global level. UN-GGIM is the ideal forum for these discussions.

The side event, at UN Headquarters in New York, featured speakers from the European Commission, Belgium, Norway and Slovenia as well as UN-GGIM: Europe and attracted a global audience from other UN-GGIM regional committees.

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For further information contact Carol Agius T: + 356 7902 3057 E: carol.agius@eurogeographics.org.

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