EUROPEAN GEO-INFORMATION NETWORKS DISCLOSE COPERNICUS BENEFITS
EUROGI, the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information, federating Geographic Information (GI) communities in over 20 European countries, has been awarded a contract by the ESA, the European Space Agency, to explore the acceptance and potential of COPERNICUS, the European Earth Observation Programme, within the European GI community. Focused on products and services based on the COPERNICUS space infrastructure (“Sentinels” and other satellite missions), the activity aims at bridging the gap between the supply of products and services on the one hand and private service industry and individual consumers of location-based services on the other.
Within so-called “Market Pull Packs” the fitness for purpose of COPERNICUS information products shall be investigated country by country by means of a survey among users and service providers of GI-based solutions. Each country’s survey activity will last about a semester and the MPP will be completed by an open workshop with participation from all over Europe.
As a result, the hosting country will present lessons learned from the feedback of its member network and beyond, ideas for best practice cases and possibilities for integrated value-adding chains using the GI industry as a multiplier. “COPERNICUS, the first major operational European Earth observation system, holds a large potential for updating GI data repositories and developing new applications, but it must become more de-centralised and reach the grassroots. GI is the key to both” said Dr Wolfgang Steinborn, member of EUROGI’s Management Board. “A first Europe-wide survey with a small sample which took place last year has revealed that the professional world has largely not yet taken note of this new European data source. The MPP activity will contribute to increasing societal and commercial acceptance” added Steinborn, who is also Vice-President of the German GI umbrella association, DDGI. He will be managing the contract on behalf of EUROGI.
Resulting from an open call among its members the Hungarian GI association, HUNAGI, has won the first MPP which it will execute until the end of 2013.
On behalf of EUROGI I wish to congratulate HUNAGI for its sound proposal and express the hope that through the involvement of our members further MPPs will take place next year.
For further information contact Dr Wolfgang Steinborn at Wolfgang.firstname.lastname@example.org