Spatial Data Infrastructure and Public Sector Innovation  

Seminar 'Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), latest trends and research''

7 - 11 November 2011

Organised by Leuven University and Brussels University. This event forms the final scientific event of the multi-disciplinary project 'SPATIALIST: Spatial Data Infrastructures and Public Sector Innovation' funded by the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (see

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To enhance the knowledge about spatial data infrastructures (SDIs)viewed from multi-disciplinary perspectives (e.g. technology, law, sociology, economics and public administration science), to clarify the latest SDI-trends, and to set up a research agenda in the context of SDI.

Target Group

SDI-practitioners and academics who want to enhance their knowledge about spatial data infrastructures and/or who are interested in the latest SDI-trends and research.

General Seminar Schedule



Day 1 Monday morning (7 November 2011)


Day 1 Monday afternoon

SDI-Concepts + Examples

Day 2 Tuesday morning (8 November 2011)

SDI-Components (Technological)

Day 2 Tuesday afternoon

SDI-Components (Non-Technological) + SDI-propositions

Day 3 Wednesday morning (9 November 2011)

SDI in practice

Day 3 Wednesday afternoon

Excursion + latest SDI-trends

Day 4 Thursday morning (10 November 2011)

SDI-lectures by internationally respected experts I

Day 4 Tuesday afternoon

SDI-lectures by internationally respected experts II + SDI-research agenda

Day 5 Friday morning (11 November 2011)

SPATIALIST research results I

Day 5 Friday afternoon

SPATIALIST research results II + SDI-future and research + Conclusions

Detailed schedule

Day 1 Monday 7 November



09:30 - 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 12:30

Introduction Seminar (pdf)
(objective, Scope, Logistics)

Joep Crompvoets

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Concepts of Spatial Data Infrastructures including the following topics: SDI-Components, Hierarchy, History, Development models (pdf)

Joep Crompvoets

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00

Examples of Spatial Data Infrastructures from around the world (such as from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Kenya, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay) (pdf)

Own Examples: each participant presents briefly the SDI of her/his country (pdf)

Lessons learnt

Catharina Bamps
Joep Crompvoets

Particpants (+tutor)

19:00 - Dinner


Day 2: Tuesday 8 November



09:00 – 12:30

SDI-Technological Components

  • Network architecture (pdf)
  • Network services (e.g. Discovery, View, Download, Tranformation, Invoking services) (pdf)
  • Standardisation/interoperability/harmonisation (Data specifications, Data models, Spatial data services Metadata) (pdf)

Jos Van Orshoven
Diederik Tirry

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 17:00

Non-Technological Components

  • Legislation (Privacy, IPR, Licensing) (pdf)
  • Institutionalisation (pdf)

SDI-propositions (group discussion based on a set of propositions) (pdf)

Lessons learnt


Bastiaan Van Loenen
Victor Bekkers

Participants (+tutor)

19:00 - Dinner


Day 3: Wednesday 9 November



09:00 – 12:00

SDI in Practice (each organisation presents/demonstrates briefly their SDI-activities, trends and key topics needed to be investigated)

  • National Geographic Institute of Belgium (pdf)
  • Service for General Policies of the Flemish Government (pdf)
  • Agency for Geographical Information Flanders (pdf)
  • Flemish E-government Coordination unit (pdf)
  • Province West-Vlaanderen (pdf)
  • Association for Flemish Cities and Municipalities (pdf)
  • City of Leuven (pdf)
  • Group discussion on SDI's in Practice

Ingrid Vanden Berghe
Tom Callens
Leen De Temmerman
Jo Van Valckenborgh
Lieven Raes
Hans Van den Heede
Heidi Kestens
Joris Voets
Participants (+tutor)

12:30 - 13.30 Lunch
13:30 - 17:00

Excursion to National Geographic Institute (Brussels) (pdf) (pdf) (pdf) (pdf)

Latest SDI-trends ("Post-it session" and group discussion)

Lessons learnt

Ingrid Vanden Berghe

Participants (+tutor)

19:00 -



Day 4: Thursday 10 November



09:00 – 12:30

SDI-lectures by internationally respected experts I

  • The SDI-developments in the context of land administration (pdf)
  • SDI-Division of Labour (pdf)
  • SDI-development in The Netherlands (pdf)



Rohan Bennett
Geert Van Hootegem
Arnold Bregt

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 17:00

SDI-lectures by internationally respected experts II

  • Developing a European SDI-strategy: the INSPIRE Initiative (pdf)
  • SDI-Organisational aspects (pdf)
  • Sensors, Empowerment and Accountability: A Digital Earth View form East-Africa (pdf)

SDI-Research agenda: Group work + Plenary discussion resulting in a list of relevant SDI-research topics

Lessons learnt

Ian Masser
Zorica Nedović-Budić
Yola Georgiadou

Participants (+tutor)

19:00 -



Day 5: Friday 11 November



09:00 – 12:30

SPATIALIST research results I

  • SPATIALIST: Law (legal framework for SDI in Flanders) (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Public Administration science (Coordination and task allocation) (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Organisational Sociology (Business processes and spatial enablement) (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Economy (Data/service pricing + SDI-funding) (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Case studies (Spatial zoning plans, Addresses, Traffic accident registration, Flooding risk maps) (pdf)


Jos Dumortier
Glenn Vancauwenberghe

Ezra Dessers

Lieselot Vanhaverbeke

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:00

SPATIALIST research results II
  • SPATIALIST: Standardisation (Use, impact of standards and SDI-performance) (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis for determining the best implementation scenario for the SDI in Flanders 2020 (pdf)
  • SPATIALIST: Current developments of SDI in Flanders (pdf)

SDI-Future and research: disciplinary group discussions + plenary discussion

Lessons learnt

Conclusions + Follow-up actions


Danny Vandenbroucke

Cathy Macharis

Sam Vanden Broucke

Participants (+tutor)

Joep Crompvoets


Practical information


  • Including excursion, materials, accommodation from 6/11 to 12/11/2011 and meals: €1.250
  • Accommodation cost for extra night: €100
  • Non residential: €200 euro per day without accomodation

Dates: 7 - 11 November 2011 (5 days)

Location: Irish College (The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe) - Janseniusstraat 1 , 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: +32 16 310 430 - Fax: +32 16 310 431 -

Registration: closed

Payment: Invoice will be sent. There is a possibility to pay by credit card which is indicated on the registration form.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation is free of charge before the 1st of October 2011. A cancellation fee of 50% of the registration fee will be charged after 1 October 2011.

Maximum capacity: 30 participants

Working forms: Lectures, presentations, group works, discussions (plenary as well as group) and excursion

Background literature: Zorica Nedović-Budić, Joep Crompvoets, Yola Georgiadou (Eds.), 2011. Spatial Data Infrastructures in Context: North and South. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2802-1.

Travel to Leuven:

  • The airport closest to Leuven is Brussels Airport (about 15 minutes by train). Yet, depending on your port of departure, it might be more economical to fly to Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport) or Amsterdam (Schiphol) and then travel by train to Brussels and then Leuven.

    Brussels (Bruxelles) airport:

    • General information Brussels airport , click "to & from the airport"
      • Taxis (metered) are only available outside the Arrivals Hall. The fare between the airport and the centre of Leuven is normally between 50 and 60€.
      • Train: for timetables from Brussels airport to Leuven, you have to fill out "Bruxelles-Nat- airport" to "Leuven" (about 15 minutes to Leuven by train)

Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport:

Amsterdam, Schiphol airport:

  • General information Schiphol airport
    • Convenient train connection from the Amsterdam airport to Antwerp-Berchem train station ( 1 hour 40 minutes): THALYS
    • For timetables from Antwerp-Berchem to Leuven:

Transport within Leuven:


    • Taxi companies Leuven:
      • Taxi Gerard: (+32) 016/25.09.99
      • Taxi's Breckpot Leuven: (+32) 016/ 20.20.20
      • Taxi's Jenny: (+32) 016/25.35.65
    • By train: for trains in Belgium and Europe
    • By car:



List of Tutors

Catharina Bamps (Leuven University, EUROGI / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Victor Bekkers (Erasmus University / The Netherlands)
Dr. Rohan Bennett (Twente University / The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Geert Bouckaert (Leuven University / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Arnold Bregt (Wageningen University / The Netherlands)
Herman Callens (Association for Flemish Cities and Municipalities / Belgium)
Tom Callens (Service for General Policies of the Flemish government / Belgium)
Dr. Joep Crompvoets (Leuven University / Belgium)
Leen De Temmerman (Agency for Geographical Information Flanders / Belgium)
Ezra Dessers (Leuven University / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Jos Dumortier (Leuven University / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou (Twente University / The Netherlands)
Heidi Kestens (Association for Flemish Cities and Municipalities / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Cathy Macharis (Brussels University / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Ian Masser (United Kingdom)
Prof. Dr. Zorica Nedović-Budić (University College Dublin / Ireland)
Lieven Raes (Coordination body E-government / Belgium)
Diederik Tirry (Leuven University / Belgium)
Erik Van Criekinge (City of Leuven / Belgium)
Hans Van den Heede (Province West-Flanders, Association for Flemish Provinces / Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Geert Van Hootegem (Leuven University / Belgium)
Dr. Bastiaan Van Loenen (Delft University of Technology/The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Jos Van Orshoven (Leuven University / Belgium)
Jo Van Valckenborgh (Agency for Geographical Information Flanders / Belgium)
Glenn Vancauwenberghe (Leuven University / Belgium)
Ingrid Vanden Berghe (National Geographic Institute / Belgium)
Sam Vanden Broucke (Leuven University / Belgium)
Danny Vandenbroucke (Leuven University / Belgium)
Dr. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke (Brussels University / Belgium)

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