LIFO 2020 | Poland

LIFO 2020 Poland - Country Factsheet

Published on: 18/02/2022
Last update: 17/02/2022
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The Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO) monitors the implementation of location interoperability good practices in European public administrations, based on the level of adoption of recommendations in the EULF Blueprint.

The overview of 2020 location interoperability status in Poland is based on the information provided by GUGiK (Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography).

LIFO 2020 Poland


The information gathered through the LIFO 2020 data collection indicates that Poland’s scores are consistently above the European averages in the “Governance, Partnership and Capabilities” and “Return on Investment” focus areas. The country is aligned with the European averages in the “Policy and Strategy Alignment”, “Digital Government Integration” and “Standardisation and Reuse” focus areas

“Governance, Partnership and Capabilities” is the focus area where the country recorded the highest score. This solid positioning is due to the strong joint leadership and coordination on actions and policies related to the role of the SDI in Digital Government, although not all relevant stakeholders are involved in its governance. A large number of partnership agreements are in place to finance, build and operate location data services. The country also organises quite an extensive series of initiatives to raise awareness and develop geospatial skills.

In the “Return on Investment” focus area, the country performed above the European average thanks to the regular, thorough and convincing communication on the availability and benefits of location data and the existence of a strategic approach to funding location reference data. A negative note is the limited resort to impact-based improvement in location enabled processes and services.

In the “Digital Government Integration” focus area, the good positioning is linked to the delivery of many digital cross-government public services using the SDI, even though the use of location data in digital public services is still made at a basic or sub-optimal level in several sectors. The country has also adopted an open and collaborative methodology to design and improve location-enabled digital public services at local, sub-national and national levels, but external parties are only involved in limited ways in the development and delivery of such services.

In the “Standardisation and Reuse” focus area, the country has adopted a well-organised approach to monitoring, testing and upscaling of new technological developments. Moreover, INSPIRE and other standardised approaches are used for combining spatial and non-spatial metadata. The architectural approach is, in general, an area of weakness, as a policy for a common location architecture in the SDI exists but it is not yet widely adopted. On the positive side, a series of APIs have been developed, documented and are accessible for high-value location data sets and a variety of steps are taken to stimulate their take-up. Finally, little reuse is made of generic ICT solutions in the SDI, and location data quality practices are not yet sufficiently mature.

In the “Policy and Strategy Alignment” focus area, strengths are linked to the wide range of location core reference datasets available for general use under an open licence, to the fact that most organisations are fully compliant with GDPR, and to the specific references made to the applicable parts of the INSPIRE Directive and/or national/international standards in public procurements of location data and services. On the negative side, only partial alignment is reported between location and digital government strategies, and location datasets are not available under a common data licensing framework.


LIFO index for 2020

The value of the overall LIFO index combining the scores for all focus areas is 0.65, which confirms the good performance of Poland in terms of location interoperability. This compares with a European average of 0.55.

                              Overall EULF Blueprint implementation for Poland


Additional information

For more details, download the factsheet in the attachment section below.

Click here to find out more about the Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO)

Click here to explore the LIFO 2020 and 2019 results in the LIFO Interactive Dashboards  


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