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 – AFIGEO: Workshop on Open Data Access and Harmonisation by a Virtual Hub

4th September 2017 In the frame of the INSPIRE Conference 2017, The ENERGIC OD Project Team (AFIGEO and fourteen other partners) organized their final conference in Kehl (Germany), on the 4th of September 2017. This Workshop on “Open Data Access and Harmonisation by a Virtual Hub” allowed, for a fifty participants, to discover these HV: a pan-European HV, integrating five national HV, his objectives, features, spatial data… An overview of ten experimental applications showed the diversity of the possible scopes of this solution. A zoom on the application NoiseCapture, developed within the framework of ENERGIC OD by the CNRS and the Ifsttar and widely mediatized, provided proof of concept… More information:
https://www.energic-od.eu  

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News from EUROGI Members – AFIGEO: Francophone Conference on Geographic Information

4th & 5th September 2017 Organized by AFIGEO and CNIG, in partnership with the Greater East Region, the ” Francophone Conference on Geographic Information” took place in Strasbourg (House of the Region) the 4th and 5th of September. Entitled “Which governances for the geographical information?”, this conference gathered on 2 days more than 250 actors of the geographical information sector: decision-makers and agents of diverse territorial levels, national or local experts, persons in institutions and users of spatial data infrastructures, researchers and industrialists of the sector, students… of France (metropolis and overseas territories) but also of bordering countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland).

On opportunity to understand the strategic, technological and legal news of the geographical information ; to exchange on operational practices ; to show the capacities of publics and private actors to create a coordination around production and distribution of geospatial data and services… More information:
http://www.afigeo.asso.fr    

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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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News from EUROGI Members – EARSC: Results EO Industry Survey, September 2017

The survey was conducted during the 1st quarter of 2017; figures are for the Financial Year (FY) 2016. EARSC first conducted this survey in 2013 (FY2012) with a second one in 2015 (FY2014). The series of data is allowing a good indication of trends to be developed. A survey was also conducted by others in 2006 and this data is also used to develop longer time series of data. For more information see the EARSC surveys at the following page. The responses show that the EO services industry is employing over 7800 highly skilled staff and turns over some 1247m Euro per annum. These and many more results are explained in the documents. This is the third survey performed by EARSC. This brochure is a summary of the survey results. Download the PDF Industry Survey

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News from EUROGI Members – AMFM-GIS Belux: Invitation to Seminar “GEOBUSINESS : WHO PAYS / WILL PAY FOR WHAT?”

Whether public or private, geographical data are nowadays increasingly freely available and at no cost to the user. On July 12th 2017, the Walloon Government adopted a decree on the reuse of public sector information aimed at establishing an open data policy. Take for instance the COPERNICUS Sentinel satellite data that are freely accessible to all and for all uses. Another example: OpenStreetMap, a collaborative project initiated in 2004, offers a global geographical database free of charge which is very comprehensive and of high quality. However, the value of geodata has never been more important, whether it is to increase public administrations’ efficiency, to generate economic growth in the private sector or to speed up the creation of jobs and also, more generally, to contribute to social welfare in the broad sense. The value chain is changing and new business models are emerging.Data are free and available by download and web services or through online applications or services, sometimes chargeable. GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) goes even further.In addition to their offer of costless geographic information, they also provide services and applications such as Google maps, Google Earth,Bing Maps, StreetView, … and many applications using geolocation. The value and […]

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News from EUROGI Members – HEXAGON: Stand at Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

Driven by disruptive innovation, Hexagon’s information technology portfolio empowers customers with integrated data feeds and seamless workflows to create smart ecosystems – they call these Smart X. From smart cities, smart power plants, and smart factories, to smart mines and smart farms, Hexagon leverages data to digitally transform the way these systems operate. Between 14 and 16 Novemebr stop by Hall Pavilion 2 | Street C | Stand 327 to learn how Hexagon is enabling cities of all sizes to cure growing pains, not just cope with them. From reduced power consumption and comfortable housing to less waste and full access to public services, Hexagon is empowering cities to reach their true potential – safe, efficient, connected, clean and thriving. For more information regarding Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, please follow the link.

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News from EUROGI Members – LATGIS: Invitation to Latvian Geospatial Information Technology Conference

Latvian GIS Association organizes Latvian Geospatial Information Technology Conference on December 8, 2017 at the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. The aim of the conference is to create a common understanding of the geospatial information technology sector in Latvia, its challenges and development trends. This kind of conference in Latvia has not taken place for several years. Different area- specific themes and issues have been touched on a number of occasions during events organized by several organizations, but this is an opportunity for all stakeholders to exchange the latest information, to gain an insight into achievements of the field and to engage and to foster the development of geospatial information technology in their organization or company. Conference program includes presentations from both – local geospatial information policy creators and promoters and geospatial information technology developers. Achievements, current challenges, experience of foreign representatives and other relevant topics, including issues related to the opening of data and technology, will be presented at the conference. Detailed conference program will be published shortly. We advise you to follow up on the conference news on the homepage of the Latvian GIS Association http://gisbiedriba.lv/lv Participation in the conference is free of […]

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News from EUROGI Members – DDGI: Copernicus at Intergeo 2017

Together with the European Commission, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), DDGI would like to present selected use cases of Copernicus data and information. On Wednesday (September 27th, 2017), a number of key experts will give brief talks on the use of Copernicus (in German): The DDGI as part of the Copernicus Relay Network // Dr. Andreas Müterthies, DDGI Collecting forestry data with Copernicus // Birte Klein, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz North Rhine-Westphalia Being up-to-date in official surveying: change detection using Copernicus data // Dr. Christian Lucas, Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Schleswig-Holstein Digital Fields: How Copernicus supports the digitization of agriculture // Dr. Sebastian Fritsch, green spin GmbH, Würzburg Infrastructure and Transport: Potentials for planning and monitoring // Oliver Lang, Airbus Defense and Space, Potsdam Using satellite data of surface water bodies // Dr. Björn Baschek, bfg – Federal Institute for Water Sciences, Koblenz The national Copernicus platform CODE-DE: Introduction and live demonstration // Alexander Klaus, GAF AG When? Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 14:00 to 16:00 Where? Copernicus / Galileo booth European Commission (Hall 3.1, Booth A3.060)

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