First National INSPIRE Conference at Intergeo - 10/09/2012

The INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) Directive relies on quality, quantity and user-friendliness of geodata. The necessary co-ordination can be achieved if information is shared directly. The first National INSPIRE Conference being held at Intergeo in Hanover, Germany, on 9 October 2012 will make an important contribution to the sharing of information. Its aim is to create a platform that enables users and providers of geodata to exchange information.

Dr Andreas Wytzisk from Münster-based company con terra GmbH in Germany, a leading European solutions provider in the geodata sector, explains that INSPIRE laid the binding legal foundation for the creation of interoperable geodata infrastructures in the individual EU countries in 2007. Its objectives will drive forward and provide the framework for developments in this area through to 2020. He believes that the focus is now shifting increasingly from data provision to data usage. It is also crucial for central government, regional administrations and local authorities to reach a pragmatic agreement on certain licence conditions for the use of data services.

This is precisely the type of scenario for implementing the EU Directive that will be discussed in topic-based forums at the first National INSPIRE Conference at INTERGEO. The international conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management will focus not only on the advantages, but also on market potential and present successful examples of best practice. An explanation of national geostrategy will be formulated at the end of the conference.

Particular emphasis at the INSPIRE Conference will be placed on local authorities, which are set to play an increasingly important role in the forthcoming provision of local data. Numerous partners and bodies are involved in the event, notably the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Steering Committee for Spatial Information Germany, the German Rural District Association (Deutscher Landkreistag), the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag) and the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management (DVW). The wide range of participants at the conference is a major step forward.

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