EULF Blueprint presented at the Geospatial World Forum 2022


The Geospatial World Forum (GWF) is a platform that gathers professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem.
The topic of this year's conference was Humanity and Geography, putting sustainable development at the heart of the discussion.

The various plenaries underlined the importance of the geospatial industry as the backbone of strategic public policy reforms, industry acceleration strategy, and innovations in digital twin and metaverse. It will further impact how humans interact with the digital and physical world in near real-time. The global geospatial market is forecasted to be USD 681 billion in 2025 and is estimated to grow at a higher rate post-2025 making it USD 1.44 trillion by 2030.

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As a pre-conference event, the ELISE Action participated in the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) global training programme “Evolution of Stakeholder’s Ecosystem”.

A Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) is an enable pillar of the digital economy. It comprises spatial data infrastructure, positioning network, legal and policy frameworks, as well as the delivery of geospatial services across diverse sectors.
It serves as the foundation of the digital twin, leading to greater demand for authoritative, accurate, updated, and accessible data platforms.

During the GKI training session: “Integrated National Policy Framework and Strategy”, the European Union Location Framework (EULF) Blueprint was showcased as a good practice experience due to its relevant recommendations in the evolving GKI framework, as well as its links with the globally adopted UN-GGIM Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF).Bluepring

The training presented the EULF policy context for optimising ​geospatial value and the EULF Blueprint best practices, implementation guidance, and associated monitoring mechanisms. It also demonstrated the relationship with the GKI and IGIF.

The following questions provided stimulated discussions and feedback on challenges and key elements for an integrated geospatial policy:

  • What do you see as the main challenges in supplying relevant geospatial data to your users?
  • What do you see as the key elements in an integrated geospatial policy?
  • Does geospatial ethics have a place in your policy framework? If so, in what way?

The discussion highlighted the need to better understand the relationship between IGIF and GKI and how users could use the EULF Blueprint in the context of these frameworks. The participants recognised the comprehensive nature and usability of the EULF Blueprint as a body of good practices in the European public administrations.

Ray Boguslawski and Francesco Pignatelli presenting at the pre-conference event of Geospatial World Forum 2022

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  • Policy context
  • European policy framework: Best practices
  • European policy framework: State of play
  • Relevance for GKI integrated policy framework initiatives
  • Group discussions and feedback


Francesco Pignatelli
Senior Manager, European Commission-Joint Research Centre

Ray Bogulawski
External Expert, European Commission-Joint Research Centre

PRE-CONFERENCE Saturday-Sunday, 7-8 May 2022 / Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
0930-1800 (CET) Training Program: GKI and Evolution of the Stakeholder Ecosystem


Physical location
Hemkade 18 (Hembrugterrein)
1506 PR Amsterdam – Zaandam
The Netherlands