Dr.Cristiana Sappa, Dr.Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp &Patrick Hogan
03 Sep 2012 to 03 Sep 2012
Importance of the open access to public information and re-use in the information society is described and its societal-economic impact highlighted.
The European legislation framework, the PSI Directive 2003/98/EC is introduced and an observatory network to monitor the implementation of the directive in the EU Member States characterised.
Considering the diversities of the legislations, preparedness and practices country by country, in frame of the Information Society Technologies related Policy Support Program, the European Commission granted research of the legal aspects of the PSI and re-use in the project LAPSI.
This international co-operation having 30 months lifespan, 20 involved institutions of 13 European countries concluded its findings at the Closing Conference held in Turin mid July 2012.
In the paper the goals and achievements of the LAPSI project are summarized and shared with the Digital Earth community.
The relevance of the PSI and re-use to the future development of Digital Earth are manifold:
- fundamental for the information society, good governance and integrity,
- facilitates the wider use of quality spatial data infrastructure (SDI) services,
- helps open source and open governmental data utilisations.
Two examples will be given. On regional level, the recently formulated NASA World Wind European Challenge program will be promoting the use of open source Digital Earth technology, open data and open standards in applications, which are directly aligned with the EU Digital Agenda and societal benefit areas. On national level the Information Society Parliament in Budapest has recently voted a proposal to urge the government to set up an action plan to facilitate and support a wider use of mobile GIS technologies and services and empowering the citizens to act as volunteer GI providers on the spot at the time as all settlements will have broadband connectivity. Additional synergies expected are the challenge for the SMEs to offer innovative solutions, and the growing need for re-use of quality public sector information provided by local and sub-national SDI services. LAPSI continuation is anticipated in frame of the next ICT Policy Support Program of the European Commission.
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