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Survey on European geographic information market

Germany: The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), as coordinator of the European (EU) project HUMBOLDT, in cooperation with the Technical University Darmstadt is conducting a survey, Situation and Perspectives of the Geographic Information (GI) Market in Europe.

The EU project HUMBOLDT is especially focused on the harmonisation and integration of geospatial data within Europe. Standardisation efforts as well as European initiatives like INSPIRE and GMES are of major importance in this context.

The focus of the survey therefore is set on the following topics:
– General trends and perspectives for the GI market,
– Demand and opportunities for harmonised geo-data,
– Progress and influence of the INSPIRE Directive for the European market

The main goal of this study is to deduce certain trends and future developments based on the opinions and expectations of market experts and decision makers and not to obtain a representative empirical study.

The EU project HUMBOLDT contributes to the implementation of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates the diversity of spatial data available for a multitude of European organisations. It is the aim of this project to manage and advance important parts of the implementation process of this ESDI.

The main goal of the HUMBOLDT project is to enable organisations to document, publish and harmonise their spatial information. The software tools and processes created will demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe as planned by the INSPIRE initiative, meeting the goals of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

Source: www.esdi-humboldt.eu