Spatial Data Infrastructures for the Digital Economy

Report: Sharing and using geospatial data across borders

Published on: 29/04/2021
Last update: 14/09/2021

The technical report "Sharing and using geospatial as data across borders. Spatial Data Infrastructures for the Digital Economy", illustrates how geospatial data from multiple countries can be used to develop location powered insights.

The present study through desk research, case studies, and a workshop aimed to respond the following questions:

What is the current state of play on sharing and using geospatial data across European borders?

What can we learn from these practices to support the evolution of Spatial Data Infrastructures?

Benefits from cross-border sharing of location data has improved collaboration, economic gains, improved access to information, and created new and improved services.

Among the challenges that emerged, the study mentions the lack of technical and organisational interoperability to establish a sustainable ecosystem with a culture of sharing data, including problems with licensing, data portability and privacy issues.

During the study workshop 4 lessons reflect that location data should be analysed as an integral part of all emerging data spaces.

Lesson 1: SDI should have a holistic focus to support access to location data across border

Lesson 2: Technology and innovation supports a Europe fit for the Digital Age

Lesson 3: Access to data can be improved through harmonised and interoperable solutions

Lesson 4: People are at the centre of the digital transformation -long-term benefits come from cross-border partnerships and ecosystems thinking

This study is part of the European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) action of the European Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens Programme, better known by its acronym ISA2. ELISE aims to facilitate the cross-border use of location data and support the digital transformation of public services.


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