Title: INSPIRE: An Innovative Approach to the Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures in Europe Concepts
Publisher: ESRI Press
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37929
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37929
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: First-generation spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) were product oriented and focused on databases. Second-generation SDIs are more process oriented and emphasize partnerships and stakeholder involvement. Nevertheless, most spatial data infrastructures are still led by public-sector organizations, with limited involvement by the private sector or society at large and the involvement of user groups often sporadic and poorly organized. INSPIRE, a spatial data infrastructure for Europe, is innovative in two respects: (1) it is based on existing resources at the national and subnational levels, and (2) it engages user communities and geographic information stakeholders by organizing them in spatial data interest communities. This approach poses challenges at both technical and organizational levels but also offers important opportunities for sustainability.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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