CEN/TC 287 Geographic information


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Thank you to speakers and delegates who attended the joint CEN/TC 287 and


OGC  workshop ...."Bringing GI standards making organizations together"













June, 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?


Cameron Easton            


GI Standards 




 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,






  • To contribute actively to the work of the technical committee with which it is in liaison.


  •  To attend meetings and exchange technical information with the committee in order to support the development

of European Standards and other deliverables.





  • To receive all the relevant technical documents and invitations and to attend technical committee meetings as observer.


  • To provide input to the work of the committee with which it is in liaison when necessary but without the right to vote


  • To propose in conjunction with new work items their technical documents as a basis for TC work, if agreed by the CEN TC members.


  • To comment on the Technical Committee Business Plan.


  • To nominate experts to Working Groups in line with the Internal Regulations.




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