When I started working seriously in the field of SDI, around 2001, and then got involved in the drafting of the INSPIRE Implementation Rules for Metadata, I stated publicly that the end result of INSPIRE was not going to be an operational, single SDI: an information system. We were not building a bridge or the electricity grid (even though we used that metaphor to describe our new infrastructure). Just like the digital libraries we were copying, where there was not […]
SDIs, undoubtedly, hold immense potential to support analytics of complex socio-environmental processes and assist in addressing some of the most important questions of our times. In particular, the paradigm of environmental intelligence is becoming the next big thing in future applications. It builds on: advanced Earth Observation infrastructures for nearly real-time monitoring (e.g. Copernicus), increasingly sophisticated data integration mechanisms and standards (e.g. OGC, INSPIRE), and advanced analytics capacities based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High-Performance Computing (HPC), Environmental intelligence could […]
Beyond SDI – Is this our Priority Right Now? I would be happy if the people trying to implement SDI around the globe already, just got on with it before they are hit with anything ‘new’ to do! The keys are still (a) making information available for free or at reasonable cost and (b) publishing enough metadata about the data being offered so that it can be discovered and used, even if it is not to some international standard. This […]
More than that of SDI, I like the horizontal concept of the free and open geospatial web, where every actor (public, private, community, citizen, etc.) can contribute with their data and software and, in turn, reuse the available data and software. I am expecting the states to make this geospatial web existing and working under the condition of ensuring us (the people and living beings of this Earth) going toward a condition of more freedom and happiness, safeguarding the environment. […]
Current trends in spatial data infrastructures – not one but many SDIs It must be recognised that there are many different kinds of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) and that the number of applications is likely to increase during the next ten years. In other words, there are likely to be not one, but many SDIs in practice in the future. These range from collections of volunteered geographic information (VGI) that are created to carry out a specific thematic task to […]
Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) provide the technological and organizational structures for managing, sharing, and using spatial data. The next generation of SDIs should be further evolved to be more flexible and robust so as to embrace the ever-accelerating technological transformations to meet the demand of accompanying societal and organizational implications. These require advanced managing and processing capacities, such as developing new standards for collaboration, integrating new technologies, absorbing new data sources, opening up data, and sharing data. Digital Earth and […]
Spatial Data Infrastructure has progressed from a data centric concept through distributed computing, web enablement, cloud and other technologies to a point where it has reached a crossroad. Should it remain as a data-centric distributed system for use in governance or should it acknowledge the disruptive changes that are taking place in spatial information and related computing and analytic technologies? In 2010 a provocative article “The creative destruction of GIS” by Ed Parsons of Google brought out how the combination […]
The SDI is Dead, it is an ex-SDI I’m of the age that the Monty Python Parrot Sketch seems to be something I have always been able to recite, if you have not seen it yet of course it is on YouTube. The main theme of the sketch is an issue of customer support, the parrot purchased is dead, has always been dead and despite the protestations of the shop owner as to the characteristics of the Norwegian Blue variety […]
The 2020 Geospatial World Forum is scheduled for April 7-9 in Amsterdam. EUROGI is proud to join this leading global event as a supporting organisation and to integrate its Members’ (EMM) and General Board Meeting (GBM) into the agenda. On April 8 afternoon EUROGI will focus the theme ‘Beyond SDI‘ and invites its members and the wider geospatial community to join in Hall 11. Any EUROGI not planning to register for the full event – please record your plans to […]
The Next Generation Spatial Infrastructure The next generation Spatial Data Infrastructure will most likely comprise an agile Data Infrastructure, a satellite based Positioning Infrastructure, a Location Index (Loc-I) Framework and Open Spatial Analytics coupled with a United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework implementation plan. An improved Spatial Infrastructure framework will accurately collect, efficiently process, effectively disseminate, and smartly analyse location information in near-real time based on machine-to-machine communications and on-the-fly predictive analytics using Artificial Intelligence. Globally, the open data agenda […]
Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) is about the concept to facilitate and govern the exchange and sharing of geospatial data between stakeholders in the data community. We see trends that geospatial data become more mainstream data and SDI-stakeholders are no longer from the geospatial data community only. This means that SDIs will likely be integrated into more generic information infrastructures that facilitate a much wider range of data and services from numerous stakeholders from inside and outside the public sector. If […]
Thanks for asking! I gave a presentation in March 2018 at a Hong Kong conference on SDI that was part of their planning process for what they are calling CSDI, the C standing for community I believe. I’ve attached the ppt as the quickest way of summarizing what I said. I think the model of SDI that dates from 1993 needs to be rethought, in response to several significant changes: the changing economics of GI production, the rise of the […]
The concept of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) is central to bringing the benefits of space applications, and in particular of Earth Observation (EO), to citizens in Europe and worldwide. However, recent developments call for an evolution of the SDI concept. Such developments include a massive increase in available data, as epitomized by Copernicus – the world’s leading Earth observation programme, which is made in Europe. Copernicus is headed by the European Union. The European Space Agency (ESA) manages the Copernicus […]
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.
At the last General Board meeting on 12 October in Dublin, IE, EUROGI members have elected Hans Breemersch as a new EUROGI president.
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 […]
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 […]
European Commission has just publish a “Europe – the eGovernment factsheets 10-year anniversary report” providing an insightful overview over the last 10 years of Digital Government development.
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
EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing companies, is conducting its industry survey to map the state and health of the companies providing EO services in Europe for the fourth time. Previous reports can be found at the following link. Now in 2018/2019 the survey shall be updated with the following objectives: Characterise the business of the EO services industries in Europe Understand the way in which the industry sector is evolving Identify the key issues that the industry is […]