Reusable tools for smartphone apps: innovative activities in the European geological sector

This report present the main findings from a survey of EuroGeoSurveys members (national geological survey organisations) exploring their efforts to offer access to geology data via smartphone and tablet devices.

The survey focussed on organisations actively developing apps and the partnerships being formed and how reusable technologies could be for other organisations and sectors. The work assess success in app development and where barriers to may exist. It also explores the type of data being shared, including its openness and reusability and to understand the role the INSPIRE Directive and its principles play in the provision of this data to not only geology professionals but also new users of geology data from other domains and citizens.

This work was undertaken by the British Geological Survey on behalf of ISA Action 1.17: A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA). The aim of the study is to better understand how a particular sector is approaching geospatial data-sharing through mobile technologies and what the reusability is of relevant tools (etc.); to try to understand who the perceived and actual users are of some data within the scope of INSPIRE; to understand how relevant organisations see INSPIRE contributing to providing access to such data; and to provide an approach to surveying this topic for other sectors to follow.

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