Welcome to the new home of CEN/TC 287.
You can access the various areas by following the signposting above.
Thank you to speakers and delegates who attended the joint CEN/TC 287 and
OGC workshop ...."Bringing GI standards making organizations together"
A FEW DAYS IN FLORENCE:
Most people’s thoughts will be of the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, cafes, and sunshine. For the delegates to the INSPIRE 2013
Conference, thoughts were on other things - Download Services, Web Semantics, Hydrogeological modelling and
Application Domain Extensions….!
5 Plenary Sessions, 38 Workshops, 42 Parallel Sessions (4 talks a session) and 53 Posters. So many alternatives, so many
people to meet, so impossible to make any meaningful summary of the Conference. So these are simply my impressions, a
snapshot of a mind stretching few days.
A vivid impression is that INSPIRE is working! Talk after talk, poster after poster testified to this. National, regional
and local governments across Europe use INSPIRE data and service standards, even for the Annex III Data Themes. Talks
and posters ranged from air quality, archaeology and planning, through Bayesian classifiers and disaster management to
illegal dumping, smart cities and integrated marine management. All were evidence that the Public Sector across Europe
embraces INSPIRE, and makes it mainstream in their public tasks.
But, just in case I got the impression that INSPIRE was becoming boring and institutional (…??) there was enough to give
me much pause for thought. For example, even the pace of change is becoming an issue. New acronyms mean more new
projects across Europe. Can we keep up with all of this knowledge? Technology keeps advancing, particularly in the mobile
arena. Do we know when we need to change our infrastructures? And standards keep proliferating. Can we even make sure
that the ones we already have are working?
But perhaps my main impression was of something that was missing – the voice of the user. Everything that I saw was about
service delivery, data driven applications. I didn’t see the presentations that talked about what users actually need. Where
were the examples of how we move from supply led to demand led data delivery? Where were the business models that
showed public and private sectors working together for the benefit of the user? And crucially where was the voice of the
citizen who, after all, is the ultimate user through taxes?
So, was the title correct? Is this the INSPIRE Renaissance? Maybe, and maybe we are moving from Stage 1 development
and implementation to Stage 2 operation and evolution. But only if we reflect on how INSPIRE is to evolve, what needs to
be changed and who is going to make it happen.
For me, the top priority has to be developing a user perspective – moving from supply led to demand led data, services that
are accessible to non technical users, and applications that citizens actually need and want. But that is just my impression,
developed from a whirlwind tour of a packed Conference programme. What do you think?
287 Liaisons......an opportunity to reach a wider audience
CEN defines a liaison as ,
"A European or international organisation that follows the work programme of a Technical Committee (TC) in order to support its
completion, where necessary, through representative input on behalf of the organisation being represented."
Each liaison has responsibilities and rights,
of European Standards and other deliverables.
CEN/TC 287 welcomes contributions from liaisons, and will showcase their work here.
A two-year European Union-funded project enabling geo-ICT Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to turn the INSPIRE challenges into business opportunities. smeSpire is actively networking through its web site, youtube and rss feeds. smeSpire, along with SPARX SYSTEMS and GiSt are co-sponsoring the CEN/TC 287 Award for Excellence in Inspire. This award, now in its third year, will for the first time acknowledged and supported the work of Small and Medium sized Enterprises by awarding 2500 euros to an innovative SME.
The winner was presented at the INSPIRE conference in Florence in June by Giacomo Martirano, Director of Epsilom Italia and smeSpire co-ordinator
Recent project newsletter available here
i-SCOPE is a three year European funded project concerned mainly with mobility, energy and noise. The project is coordinated by Dr Raffaele D'Amicis from Fondazione Graphitec, Trento, Italy
Based on interoperable 3D UIMs, i-SCOPE delivers an open platform on top of which it develops, within different domains, three 'smart city' services. These will be piloted and validated, within a number of EU cities which will be actively engaged throughout the project lifecycle.
More information is available here
The eENVplus project aims to unlock huge amounts of environmental data which is managed by the involved national/regional environment agencies and other public and private environmental stakeholders through theintegration and harmonisation of existing services. This data is not only collected to answer reporting obligations on the environment to the European Union, but also to support national and local policies and actions.
More information and a link to the website is available here
(“Smart UrbaN ServIces for Higher eNergy Efficiency”) project delivers innovative digital services, interoperable with existing geographic web-service infrastructures, supporting improved energy efficiency at the urban and building level. Specifically, SUNSHINE delivers a smart service platform accessible from both a web-based client and from an App for smartphones and tablets.
Link to the website here