Geospatial Services Study

Report: Study on Opportunities and Challenges of Collaboration for Geospatial Services

Published on: 10/08/2021
Last update: 11/08/2021


GeospatialServicesStudyA progressive and enabling policy is key to creating significant economic and societal benefits that accompany the use of location intelligence solutions in varied applications. While Spatial Data Infrastructures and policy frameworks are primarily the responsibility of the public sector; the private sector which holds a large amount of spatial data relevant for government bears a significant management responsibility and therefore plays an important role in building the policy framework.

To bridge the gap in understanding and implementation of location intelligence solutions, it is necessary for the public sector to proactively engage with the private sector in various spheres of the location intelligence domain for defining its value proposition for the economy and society.

At present, there needs to be greater collaboration toward strengthening integrated (spatial and non-spatial) data spaces and policy frameworks at national, regional, and global levels serving larger development goals and governance through mutual understanding and cooperation. The European public administrations can benefit from more effective partnerships with the location intelligence industry and with other private sector companies developing products with a heavy reliance on location data.

Private sector location data can be combined with public sector data via a well-defined co-innovation model. The European data ecosystems, including the evolution of SDI models and (2D, 3D and 4D) city models can be designed in a more collaborative way if private sector requirements are also considered. This way, the private sector companies operating in multiple countries in Europe can benefit from harmonised public sector location data and services.

The study assessed the potential collaborations and prospective partnerships between European public administrations and location industry that may further elevate effective use of location information and intelligence for policy and digital public services in the region.

The objectives of this study are:

  • To develop an overview of location data and technology and application trends in the industry.
  • To capture private sector views on collaboration with the public sector on location data and location intelligence under the umbrella of European Data Spaces – including national and local contexts and areas for improvement.
  • To capture industry’s views on what they would like to see emerge from the Open Data Directive and European Data Strategy and how they can contribute to support the aims of these policies.
  • To explore the potential collaborations and partnerships between European public administrations and the location data and technology sector.

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