Related projects and initiatives

Several eSDI-Net+ consortium partners named below are working on the linkage to the following related projects and initiatives for better integration and dissemination of project results.

Related projects and initiatives

INSPIRE Directive

eSDI-Net+ worked in close collaboration with the INSPIRE DT for monitoring and reporting through it's co-chair Danny Vandenbroucke (eSDI-net+ partner K.U.Leuven R&D) in order to define the criteria which are necessary for assessing the sub-national SDI's in view of the selection of Best (Good) Practices. Practically, the approach of eSDI-Net+ took into account the on-going INSPIRE State of Play study, the deliverables of the INSPIRE DTs, as well as the discussions within the broader INSPIRE community as reflected through the INSPIRE conference.

GMES projects


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 partner Fraunhofer IGD as the Co-ordinator of the HUMBOLDT project and the eSDI-Net+ coordinator, the INI-GraphicsNet Stiftung as Dissemination WP Leader in HUMBOLDT consortium have established a strong relationship between these two projects in order to promote synergies and to complement the dissemination activities of the both consortia. GISIG, who is responsible for the training activities within HUMBOLDT communicates user requirements and stakeholder needs among the participants of both of the projects.

eContentplus projects


The project aim is to provide base cartography datasets (administration units, hydrography, transportation networks and elevation themes) for Europe and to ensure its cross scale, cross language and cross border interoperability and accessibility according to standards and to requirements of INSPIRE Directive (20007/2/EC). The approach consists in the development of a common data model as well as of harmonization, aggregation and data exposition rules and guidelines in order to enable the access to the consistent and homogeneous reference data provided by cartographic authorities from different countries and levels (national, regional and local) without building one central database and service. After GIS4EU full implementation, there will be a significant progress noticed of accessibility, usability and exploitation of reference data through Europe. The eSDI-Net+ partner GISIG established a connection between the projects eSDI-Net+ and GIS4EU.


Nature-SDIplus Network aims, through state-of-the-art methodologies and best practice examples, to improve harmonisation of national datasets and make them more accessible and exploitable. Therefore, it contributes to the INSPIRE implementation with specific reference to a cluster of data themes on nature conservation (as per the INSPIRE Annexes). Both networks, eSDI-Net+ as well as Nature-SDIplus combine dissemination and awareness efforts in order to reach the GI community and increase exchange of experiences in topics related to INSPIRE and SDI best practices. Especially the partner GISIG being responsible for dissemination and awareness work package provides the necessary link between the projects. Further partners are involved in both projects and foster information exchange.

EURADIN (EURopean ADdresses INfrastructure)

is a Best Practice Network co-funded by the EC eContentplus Programme (ECP-2007-GEO-317002), which to promote the European Addresses harmonization. The emphasis is in defining how access to existing address data should be made to ensure the interoperability of existing address data and working out a strategy on how to build up access services to national or regional addresses infrastructures. The project main result will be the proposal for the European addresses Infrastructure and the implementation, testing, and validation of a pilot European Addresses Infrastructure. The results shall be used as a reference for all European Member States to fulfil the INSPIRE recommendations with respect to addresses. The EURADIN partnership gathers 30 partners from 16 different European countries, covering 59% of the EU Member States. After a long time commitment to the Addresses issue, the eSDI-Net+ partner and WP2 leader EUROGI strongly supported the EURADIN since its very beginning, being one of the partners and the leader of Work package on Networking & Dissemination.

One Geology Europe

OneGeology-Europe is a large ambitious project to make geological spatial data further known and accessible. The OneGeology-Europe project develops an integrated system of data to create and make accessible for the first time through the internet the geological map of the whole of Europe. The elaboration of several data sets owned by the national European geological survey is carried out in accordance with the requirements of INSPIRE, the recent European Directive which sets guidelines for the elaboration of territorial data. OneGeology-Europe has 29 partners within the consortium from 20 nations. There are 20 Geological Surveys (data providers), 7 representatives of the users community, and export on legal aspects of geographical data access and umbrella organisation for all the Geological Surveys of Europe. The goals and partners of the project make it relevant for eSDI-Net+ especially being a link to the users and stakeholders of the network.


is a European Network of Best Practices for Interoperability of Spatial Planning Information. The harmonisation of spatial planning data according to the INSPIRE Directive based on the existing best practices in EU regions and municipalities and the results of current research projects is the main focus of the eContentplus project Plan4all. The expected results are European forums for SDI in spatial planning, a database of best practices and analysis of best practices in terms of organisation, sharing, harmonisation and SDI recommendations for spatial planning. The whole sector should profit from the availability of understandable and more transparent planning information across Europe. Although there are basically the same ideas and concepts behind urban and spatial planning across Europe, the legal situation is completely fragmented. Current planning laws are disjointed and even experts from one country might have difficulties to understand the planning regulations of a neighbouring country. For investors and decision makers it is almost impossible to compare planning regulations across Europe. Plan4all will significantly contribute to improve this situation.


ESDIN - European Spatial Data Infrastructure with a Best Practice Network - is

  • A bridge between the theory and the practice - from the INSPIRE Directive towards implementation and usage of interoperable geographical data by Spatially enabled Societies
  • A partner for JRC and spatial oriented communities (involved into the INSPIRE Implementation), cooperating with other eContent+ supported projects GIS4EU and OneGeology-Europe.
  • A platform for discussion of experts ( - blogs, voting), Best Practices Networking within the SDI creating communities and initiatives, internal and external
  • A challenge to achieve the target - to enable the access to the geospatially referenced data for a INSPIRE Annex1 themes at a European or local level
  • An answer for the requests of the users - decision makers in the European structures, civil protection, risk management, environment, enterprise, transport, housing, healthcare, regional development and more.

Other related projects


This project consists of 9 parts and 2 of them seem to be interesting for eSDI-Net+ since their tasks have similarities to the eSDI-Net+ project. These tasks are: First, GIS and Remote Sensing Open Source Software Evaluation and second, best practices in GIS and Remote Sensing Open Source Software. eSDI-Net+ could compare and improve the developed evaluation criteria and methods for identification of best practices. K.U.Leuven R&D as the co-ordinator of CASCADOSS has established the direct link to the project.


is a research project on SDI for public sector innovation financed by the Flemish Government. eSDI-Net+ partner K.U Leuven is directly involved in the activities of the project SPATIALIST contributes actively to the establishing of a synergistic relationship between these projects. A link to the eSDI-Net+ project on the website of the SPATIALIST project has been created for dissemination and awareness raising reasons.


The VESTA-GIS Network intends to set up a favourable context for enhancing professional skills at European level in the changing labour market consequent to the always increasing importance of GI in the new European dimension, that dramatically changes the way of working of the GI experts, GI operators, end-users, educators, developers etc. Within this project, the eSDI-Net+ partner GISIG is responsible for the training framework and the VESTA "certification". He established a connection to this project. At the project homepage, links to the eSDI-Net+ project and to the announcement of the Best Practice Award have been included.

The data about the identified related projects and national and international initiatives have been merged in a database. It contains contact data of the potential partners and network supporters, such as the name of project, person in charge and possible synergies and links. The eSDI-Net+ database on the related initiatives, set up at the beginning of the project, has been extended within this reporting period.


is a Network to enhance a European Environmental Shared and Interoperable Information System. The NESIS aim is to promote the uptake of ICT solutions by public authorities in providing information for the monitoring and reporting of environmental impacts and threats. By supporting a shared vision towards an interoperable information infrastructure, the Network fosters the creation of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and a coherent frame for existing best practice. The Network grounds on the experience of the EIONET Community, a Network of some nine hundreds experts from over three hundreds national environment agencies and other bodies in 38 European Countries. The Network Consortium is composed of partners from among 14 EU and Associated Countries, most of them as aforesaid EIONET National Focal Points, thus guaranteeing the involvement and commitment of the SEIS main actors. The thematic Network approach allows bringing together stakeholders through workshops, exchange of best practice, and a dedicated website linked to the EIONET and INSPIRE portals. Technical guidance and a comprehensive review of the state-of-play in ICT deployment for environmental monitoring and reporting within EIONET community is of help for the convergence of ICT approaches and increased interoperability and then a concrete proposal for the ICT roadmap to the implementation of SEIS will be produced. The leading criterion is to evolve towards a distributed, standards-based infrastructure for spatial and non-spatial environmental information, grounded on the principle of shared access rather than centralised reporting. The NESIS project is a Thematic Network funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) - Policy Support Programme (PSP) of the European Commission (Agreement n. 225062, starting date 1st May 2008, duration 30 months).