Published new report: Establishment of Sustainable Data Ecosystems

Recommendations for the evolution of Spatial Data Infrastructures

Published on: 23/03/2021

In line with the European Data Strategy, a new report from the ISA²  ELISE action titled "Establishing Sustainable Ecosystems" provides a set of recommendations to transform today's spatial data infrastructures into true self-sustaining data ecosystems.

The report lists up to 37 recommendations grouped into 4 themes: 

  • Ecosystem governance
  • Technical issues
  • Stakeholders ’engagement 
  • Economic sustainability

These recommendations have been compiled in a dedicated web page of the ELISE collection to facilitate its navigability and discovery. You can start browsing here.


To download the full report click here.


This report is the main output of the activity funded by ELISE Data Ecosystems for Geospatial Data. The aim of this activity was to identify and analyse a set of successful data ecosystems and to come up with a set of recommendations in support of the evolution of contemporary Spatial Data Infrastructures in line with the recently published European strategy for data.

Geodata ecosystems reportThe report promotes actions for data-driven innovation under the Open Data Directive and is the result of numerous online workshops, presentations, interviews, and desk research conducted by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in collaboration with the Joint Research Center(JRC). 

Each recommendation, validated by experts, describes a concrete action for modernizing how the INSPIRE Directive share and manage SDI data. These recommendations indicate challenges and best practices to turn current SDIs into self-sustained data ecosystems nurtured, not only, by the public sector and data providers, but also by its users and intermediaries. 

The recommendations emerge from the in-depth analysis of five case studies analysed during the investigation. 

  • The local data ecosystem of Rennes Métropole and its Rennes Urban Data interface initiative
  • The Geospatial data marketplace by UP42 marketplace and developer platform
  • Tracking technologies for supply chain by SPIRE nanosatellites
  • The smart agriculture B2B data exchange platform API-Agro, operated by Agdatahub and a company made up of 30 partners. 
  • The disaster management ecosystem of the Brussels emergency services data-sharing platform and the Danish Common Data on Topography, Climate, and Water

Two open workshops have been organised throughout the activity with stakeholders at:

  1. the INSPIRE Conference 2020 to gather views from the audience [event details, slides & recording].
  2. an ELISE organised workshop to validate the final recommendations [event details, slides & recording].