News from Members: EARSC published two new industry positions

Recently, EARCS published two new industry positions: A position paper on the future evolution of Copernicus A statement on the ESA earth observation proposal for Space 19+ The first one details the position of the European Earth Observation (EO) services industry (represented by EARSC) on the evolution of the Copernicus programme, an EU flagship programme designed to provide the public with geospatial information in support of policy-making. The second one is referring to the forthcoming ESA Council at Ministerial level.

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CALL FOR TENDER: Data ecosystems for geospatial data – Evolution of Spatial Data Infrastructures

In the context of ELISE (European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government) Action of the ISA2 programme, the JRC is planning to launch a procurement aiming to investigate how Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) can evolve into data ecosystems to support the goals of digital government in Europe. The work should take into account factors such as relevant actors, their responsibilities and data value chains, emerging data sources (e.g. the Internet of Things) and technical/architectural approaches (e.g. digital platforms, mobile-by-default, Application Programming Interfaces). It should also address the interoperability between data ecosystems for different sectors and/or different countries and cross-cutting requirements for geospatial data. The outcomes of the work will provide an input into the discussion on the future evolution of INSPIRE after the conclusion of the current implementation programme in 2020. Deadline for registration of interest 30/08/2019Find out more about this planned call for tender and register your interest!

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EUROGI towards New Challenges and Visions

In the beginning of April EUROGI celebrated its 25 year anniversary with two events. On 5 April a one day event “Horizon 2030 – Visions and Challenges in GI” has been held where where representatives of European Commission and stakeholders of our members community discussed current challenges and opportunities of the GI sector. The day after, on 6 April, 36th General Board meeting of EUROGI has been held, where seven members of EUROGI Executive Committee have been elected. Facing the significant changes and developments of the European GI landscape, the General Board decided to initiate the development of a new strategy for EUROGI’s work. Based on the input provided by EUROGI members during the last year and a structured consultation of EUROGI members and selected European GI stakeholders within the upcoming six months, a dedicated task team will define a strategy to support the European GI community leveraging the ongoing rapid developments and to jointly shape our community’s future. The process will be lead by the re-elected vice-president Andreas Wytzisk, who has also been appointed to be the new president of EUROGI.

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“Horizon 2030 – Visions and Challenges in GI“

This spring has been passing 25 years since the establishment of EUROGI. We would like to specifically mark this with the event “Horizon 2030 – Visions and Challenges in GI“ on April 5 in Brussels, where we expect an interesting discussion of the challenges of European GI sector in the next decade from various aspects. Kindly invited! DRAFT PROGRAM and REGISTRATION

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New EUROGI Vice-President

Due to the new job position of EUROGI past Vice-President Pascal Lory, AFIGEO, France, on 1 January 2018, he was not able any more to continue representing AFIGEO in EUROGI and holding any other function within EUROGI. Therefore he stepped back as a member of EUROGI Executive Committe and EUROGI Vice-President. At last meeting of EUROGI Executive Committee on 26 January 2018 new EUROGI Vice-President has been elected: Andreas Wytzisk, DDGI, Germany. We congratulate Andreas Wytzisk for being elected. At this occasion, we would like to express gratitude to Pascal Lory for all the support and work done as a member of EUROGI Executive Committee and as a EUROGI Vice-President.      

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Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) in collaboration with Eurogeographics is undertaking a ‘Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey’ as part of the five-year European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) action, which is supported by the ISA2 programme. The results will be used to implement relevant ‘gazetteer’ solutions, starting with a pilot informed by the survey. Data user or applications developers are kindly asked to share their views on what applications and functionality would be of value from an open pan-European service, for example cross-border or multinational applications, or national applications that may benefit from a pan-European and multi-lingual service. Data suppliers, on the other hand, are kindly asked to share their views on what open data and services are provided by their organisations, whether it is authoritative or non-authoritative (e.g. community-sourced) and what cross-border or multi-national applications they already support or they envisage will benefit from such a service. For taking part, please follow the link to Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey

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News from EUROGI Members – IRLOGI: Invitation to Webinar “State of OpenStreetMap Ireland”

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 14.00 CEST and will be presented by Ciaran Staunton, who will be speaking in his private capacity but is an Administrative Officer in Fingal County Council.  Ciarán will provide background information about OpenStreetMap, the state of play for Ireland and will mention an initiative to put OSM Ireland on a sound administrative footing.  He will also highlight ways in which citizens can become involved in developing OSM Ireland. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1607469892935293443

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