Plan4all geoportal (Plan4all)

Published on: 03/02/2011
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The project Plan4all is focused on the harmonisation of spatial planning data based on the existing best practices in EU regions and municipalities and on the base of results of current research project. The harmonisation goes in line with the INSPIRE Directive.

Plan4all is a European project co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus. The main aim of the project is to harmonise spatial planning data and related metadata according to the INSPIRE principles.

The Plan4all project should contribute to the standardisation in the field of spatial data from spatial planning point of view. Its activities and results will become a reference material for INSPIRE initiative; especially for data specification. Plan4all is focused on the following 7 spatial data themes as outlined in Annex II and III of the INSPIRE Directive:

  • Land cover
  • Land use
  • Utility and Governmental services
  • Production and industrial facilities
  • Agricultural and aquaculture facilities
  • Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting units
  • Natural risk zones

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Policy Context

The project is a case study for the INSPIRE Directive (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community).

The partners of the project are:

University of West Bohemia - Section of Geomatics (Czech Republic)

International Society of City and Regional Planners (Netherlands)

Statutarni mesto Olomouc (Czech Republic) 

Technology Development Forum (Latvia)

Help service remote sensing, s. r. o. (Czech Republic)

Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung (Germany)

Stichting EUROGI

Zemgale Planning Region (Lativa)

Provincia di Roma (Italy)

Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit (Malta)

GEORAMA (Greece)

Navarra de Suelo Residencial S.A. (Spain)

Hyperborea S.r.l. (Italy)

Ayuntamiento de Gijón (Spain)

The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd. (Ireland)

CEIT ALANOVA gemeinnützige GmbH (Austria)

Asplan Viak Internet as (Norway)

Dipartimento di Studi Urbani - Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)

Euro Perspectives Foundation (Bulgaria)

Agentia de Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Vest (Romania)

Regione Lazio - Direzione Regionale Territorio e Urbanistica (Italy)

Help forest, s. r. o. (Czech Republic)

AMFM GIS Italia (Italy)

Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning (France)

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Description of target users and groups

Plan4all is mainly targeting the following groups for their dissemination:

  1. On local level of the project partners:
    Politicians and decision makers in the field of SDI and for relevant land use requirements like e.g. risk prevention, as well as stakeholders like investors for building projects; Regional and Local Governments, Local agents, Architects, Cities councils, Investors.
  1. On regional and interregional level:
    Public authorities, stakeholder and private companies which have a need to know where and how to get spatial planning data for their projects with the aim of improving their possibilities to invest in a sustainable way according to concerted regional/national sustainable land use strategies;Associations, Trades unions, Universities, Emergency services, Technical experts, Surveyors, Regional Consortiums, Public companies, Private companies, Real estate business
  1. On national and European level:
    Expert panels on basic issues of spatial planning, ProfessionalManaging Authorities and Security and defence organisations.

Description of the way to implement the initiative

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Technology solution

HSRS geoportal provides the means to search for spatial  datasets and spatial data services with regard to spatial planning. It allows the user to view and download spatial data sets (subject to access restrictions) and related metadata.

This version is a prototype Plan4all geoportal and allows discovery and viewing of spatial data sets and services. The prototype Plan4all geoportal currently accesses a limited number of discovery and view services.

HSRS geoportal is a package of applications which allows to work with maps in
web environment based on OGC web services. There are two main features:

1. Catalogue - the catalogue client allows you to search metadata using
OGC CSW. There is a possibility to show the detail information of the record.

2. Map - the map client allows to view maps based on OGC Web Services and
other formats (Google maps, KML, MapServer, GML).

Basic functions:

  • Viewing web services (OGC WMS,WFS) selected by user from the catalogue or directly by address.
  • Saving user defined map project on local hard drive a re-loading of this saved composition (OGC WMC) Distance and area measurements.
  • Searching in maps.
  • Inserting user defined objects into map.
  • Large format printing in PDF.
  • Showing legends, metadata and querying in map.

Additional functions:

  • Dynamic adding of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) services into the map - clients for WMS and WFS.
  • Portrayal of independent data sources on the client side. Map composition is composed on the basis ofrequests to various servers. It is thus not necessary to install a map server.
  • Saving of the map composition according to WMC (Web Map Context) OGC specification on the user's computer for repeated future use or for sharing between users.
  • Extension of compute functions based on WPS (Web Processing Service) OGC service - according to user needs.
  • Multilingual environment.
  • Map requests to various types of data stored on various servers, with automatic processing of results.
  • Work with micro-formats.
  • Search on the map.
  • On-the-fly projection on the client side (direct portrayal of e.g. GPS data is therefore possible).
  • Connection of the application with catalogue client (OGC CSW) in the geoportal, which enables display of the searched service from the catalogue directly on the map.
  • Edit function - snapping to chosen layers.
  • Possibilities for advanced configuration of user requests.
  • Advanced measuring of length and surfaces.
  • Print of map compositions - possibility of large print outs (up to A0 format), user configuration of print settings.
  • Display of the description information of cadastre directly from COSMC web site.

Main results, benefits and impacts

The Plan4all project should contribute to the standardisation in the field of spatial data from spatial planning point of view. Its activities and results will become a reference material for INSPIRE initiative; especially for data specification. Plan4all is focused on the following 7 spatial data themes as outlined in Annex II and III of the INSPIRE Directive and Figure 1:

  • Land cover
  • Land use
  • Utility and Governmental services
  • Production and industrial facilities
  • Agricultural and aquaculture facilities
  • Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting units

All publicly available deliverables and outcomes can be downloaded at http://www.plan4all.eu.

Lessons learnt

The project consortium provides multidiciplinary, multilingual and multicultural environment where all the steps and all the processes must be carefully and in detail decsribed and explained. The common understaning of the project goal and understanding of the main ideas are essential for the success of the project.

Scope: Pan-European