Spatial Data Infrastructure and Public Sector Innovation  


EuroSDR-project Atlas of INSPIRE Implementation methods
Brussels, Club Prince Albert, 14-15 January 2010


Please register before 7th January 2010


Well-performing Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) are not straightforward to implement due to many interdependent aspects (such as legal, economic, technological, organisational, and public administrative). In order to meet the INPSIRE directive, it is important for EU member states to know the key elements that lead to successful SDI implementation. In addition, the key areas for further research should be identified as soon as possible, to give the scientific community the possibility to carry out research supportive of the INSPIRE implementations. The ‘INSPIRE atlas of implementation methods’ meets these issues, by providing firstly a structured overview of INSPIRE implementation methods across the member states with references to the key documents in every state. Studying the experiences of the INSPIRE implementations is an important part of this inventory. Secondly, the atlas defines a research agenda for INSPIRE related topics. To accomplish this, two workshops are organised: one in spring 2009 and another one in winter 2010. The project is different than other similar projects such as ESDIN, eSDInet+ and INSPIRE State of Play, since it is explicitly a research project.

The input of EU member states is very valuable for our project. In addition, participation in our workshop helps individual states to learn from each other and to define common areas for further research. Therefore, we hereby invite the appropriate persons to participate in the workshop. As input for the workshops, we distribute a questionnaire among the participants beforehand, to get an overview of the current implementation methods and experiences as well as a preliminary list of areas for further research. The questions are structured among the following themes: Economics, Law, Sociology, Public Administration, and Technology. In discussions during the workshop, the participants elaborate on their INSPIRE experiences in the context of every theme: what are good examples and what are bad examples of implementation? What further research is required to support the INSPIRE implementation as well as future requirements with respect to the INSPIRE directive. A member state presentation of a characteristic example (selected from the analysis of the questionnaire results) could be used to introduce a discussion.
The duration of the second workshop, where much time is dedicated to discussions, is one and a half day (14-15 January, see also program presented below). We aim at having two persons of each EU-member state: one from the organisation responsible for the INSPIRE implementation policy and another one  from the scientific community. The second workshop is mainly based on the findings of the first workshop (29-30 april 2009).
If you are interested in participating this workshop, you are kindly requested to register yourself online (see Registration below).

Please register before 7 January 2010.

Target audience

The target group of the workshops are: 1) SDI-practitioners who would like to share their experiences of SDI/INSPIRE-implementation with others, 2) SDI-practitioners who did not yet start or have just commenced implementing SDIs and/or INSPIRE, and 3) scientists interested in the development, utility and requirements of SDIs. The project searches for two types of participants: 1) Active participants that are directly involved in the workshop organisation; and 2) Participants that participate in the workshops by presenting their method and experiences or by actively contributing to the (discussion) sessions. The expected size of participants is 25-40.
Persons interested to participate in the project can contact one of the three initiators of this project (Ingrid Vanden Berghe, Joep Crompvoets or Jantien Stoter and Walter De Vries; email addresses can be found at the bottom of this page).

Workshop programme

14 January 2010 “INSPIRE implementation proud + disappointment”

9:00     Workshop introduction
Joep Crompvoets, public management institute, K.U.Leuven (pdf)

9:15     Break-out session: “INSPIRE implementation proud + disappointment”

Each representative of a country responds briefly to the following question:
“Regarding the INSPIRE implementation, which achievement do you feel very proud of, and which failure most disappoints you”? Mention only one achievement and one failure.

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Group discussion “INSPIRE implementation propositions".
On the basis of 4 propositions a small group discussion takes place. The propositions are formulated based on the survey results.
13:00 Lunch

14:00   Group presentation “INSPIRE implementation propositions”.
A representative of each group presents the key results of the group discussion. 

15:00 Plenary discussion “INSPIRE  implementation propositions”

15:15 Unlocking data, empowering business?
Luc Van Linden, 1Spatial (pdf)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Keynote speaker prof. dr. Geert Bouckaert, K.U..Leuven
          Hans Dufourmont, JRC European Commission (pdf)

17:30   Reception

15 January 2010 “INSPIRE implementation research agenda”

9:00    INSPIRE state of play
Danny Vandenbroucke, SADL K.U.Leuven (pdf)

9:30    Questionnaire results
Walter De Vries, ITC, Enschede (The Netherlands) (pdf)

10:00 INSPIRE implementation research question.
Each participant formulates a key research question that needs to be answered to make the INSPIRE implementation a success. In addition, each participant presents briefly his/her research question.

11:00  Coffee break

11:30  Key topics for future research

12:30  Follow-up actions

13:00  Lunch

Workshop preparation

As preparation for the EuroSDR-project INSPIRE Atlas of Implementation methods, it would be great if the workshop participants could answer the following questions (Deadline 7th January 2010):

- Which organisations of your country are the most active in complying to INSPIRE?
- Which professional sector in your country has been the most influential in the preparation to implement INSPIRE? 
- Which initiatives/changes to cope with INSPIRE have been completed?
- Which initiatives to cope/comply with INSPIRE are still on hold?
- Which articles of the INSPIRE directive cause you the biggest headaches, and why?
- Which laws and/or regulations are adapted as a direct result of INSPIRE?
- Which organisations have adapted their internal structures and activities in order to cope with INSPIRE?
- Which changes in operational management have you enforced or observed as a direct result of INSPIRE?
- Which changes in maintenance management have you enforced or observed as a direct result of INSPIRE?
- Which policy is applied to the investment management of INSPIRE?
- Where do you think are still ineffective structures and/or operations when dealing with spatial data?
- Which uncertainties are you still coping with?
- What is the main success that the introduction of INSPIRE has achieved so far?
- What key strategy do you recommend for the implementation of INSPIRE?

The answers form the basis for the selection of the presentations and may be send to Dr. Joep Crompvoets (

As final request, it would be great if the workshop participants could provide us some key documents such as decrees, policy plans, strategy plans and/or directives.

Practical information

Registration fee: There is no participation fee but on-line-registration is required.
Please register before 7 January 2010.

Date: 14-15 January 2010

Place: Brussels, Club Prince Albert, Karmelietenstraat 20, 1000 Brussel, tel. +32 2 501 22 70

Registration: closed

Accomodation: Several hotel rooms in Club Prince Albert are reserved. Our recommendation is to use one of these booked rooms. Please contact by yourself this hotel to book by

Practical information: Secretariat Public Management Institute
Parkstraat 45 - bus 3609, BE-3000 Leuven, Fax: 0032 16 32 32 67, Tel: 0032 16 32 31  80,


    Ingrid Vanden Berghe (National Geographic Institute, Belgium)
    Joep Crompvoets (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)
    Jantien Stoter (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    Walter de Vries (ITC, The Netherlands)
  • Organisation committee


    • Report of EuroSDR workshop “EuroSDR-project Atlas of INSPIRE, Implementation methods” (29 – 30 April 2009) (pdf)


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