Governance, partnerships and capabilities

The European Union Location Framework Blueprint is a guidance framework for 'location-enabling' digital government. The framework is divided into five focus areas. This section presents the focus area “Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities”. It outlines a 'current state' assessment and 'future state' vision, and practical recommendations, 'how to' checklists, and best practice references are provided. 

Current state

Good practices in strategic ‘location’ governance exist in some Member States, linked with wider governance of e-service delivery. However, there are cases where different interests are not resolved coherently, key stakeholders are left outside the decision process, and network vs central approaches are not well balanced (e.g. in collecting and combining data in a particular domain). Often the partnering model for the exchange of location information is not well defined or understood, and the benefits to stakeholders are not well articulated. Collaboration may exist for specific purposes but wider considerations are not addressed. It is difficult to develop services that cross organisational boundaries, particularly where costs incurred by one organisation have a downstream benefit to others. Knowledge and skills mainly exist with geospatial experts. There is low awareness of the opportunities and issues in using location information outside this community, and few examples of geospatial experts sharing their knowledge convincingly with broader stakeholders. 



There is high level support for a strategic approach to the funding and availability of location information at Member State and EU level, based on INSPIRE and other tools to achieve interoperability. Effective governance, partnerships, work programmes, responsibilities and capabilities to progress such an approach have been established, taking into account the needs and expectations of stakeholders at Member State and EU level. Governments recognise the importance of ‘location’ understanding and skills and invest in awareness raising, training and resourcing. Service design takes account of user capabilities. Specialists form communities to share knowledge and develop new ideas related to location information. As a result, there is a sufficient level of understanding and skills to develop, deploy and use effective location-based services.


Recommendation 17 Introduce an integrated governance of location information processes at all levels of government, bringing together different governmental and non-governmental actors around a common goal
Recommendation 18 Partner effectively to ensure the successful development and exploitation of spatial data infrastructures
Recommendation 19 Invest in communications and skills to ensure sufficient awareness and capabilities to drive through improvements in the use of location information in digital public services and support growth opportunities


Nature of documentation: Technical report


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