INSPIRE 2017 - INSPIRE a digital Europe: Thinking out of the box

The INSPIRE 2017 Conference will contribute to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive by 2020 and serves to demonstrate the potential of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure resulting from INSPIRE for the environment and the EU Digital society. At the conference public and private sector stakeholders will meet and discuss the progress reached so far, discover new opportunities, and further examine possibilities for accelerating the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. Get full conference details here: 

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The conference will focus in particular on providing incentives for strengthened cross-border and cross-sector cooperation among all those stakeholders active at national, regional and local levels.

The conference will further demonstrate and promote the use of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure beyond the environment. To this end, it will cover wider application areas such as e-Government and other application areas of geospatial information and technologies related to EU political priorities such as the Digital Single Market, the Better Regulation agenda, the Circular economy, the European Space Strategy, the international agreements on Climate Change, COP 21 'Paris Agreement' and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The following specific goals will be pursued:

  • Strengthen the collaboration across all levels of government and borders in view of building a European Spatial Data Infrastructure as a multi-purpose digital infrastructure based on legal and technical interoperability arrangements.
  • Foster the dialogue between the user communities of the Spatial Data Infrastructure and those that manage its resources.
  • Contribute to capacity building through training, exchange of best practices and dialogue with the geospatial technology providers, standardization bodies and application implementers.
  • Demonstrate the potential of the EU Spatial Data Infrastructure leveraged through the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive for the EU environmental legislation, the EU Digital society and other key EU policies and initiatives.

Setting the scene

Driven by the growing needs of society for more and better information and decision-making on what happens "where", "when" and "why" the EU Member States, EEA/EFTA and neighboring Candidate Accession Countries have been working over the past decade together with the European Commission and agencies to build up a pan-European infrastructure to manage and share more efficiently geospatial data.

This effort has largely been leveraged through the implementation of the "Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community, INSPIRE Directive" which celebrates this year the 10th anniversary of its entry into force. Considerable progress has been made in lowering many of the initial policy and technical obstacles standing in the way to efficiently share within – and across borders the wide range of geospatial data covered by the INSPIRE Directive. The availability of this data collected and managed by a large number of public services with responsibilities in many different thematic domains opens the door for more widely reaping the economic and societal benefits of this digital resource of public sector information.

This progress has also been made possible by the strong support of the geospatial technology industry, geospatial standards organization bodies, a vibrant Open Source community and many application developers pushing innovation in start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises. They shared their experiences with those developing the regulatory frameworks and dedicate their resources to developing the tools, interoperability solutions and applications to make it all work. Thanks to these joined efforts, more and more geospatial data resources are becoming accessible through on-line services and users in governmental services, research institutions, businesses and citizens alike are now more empowered to develop - or benefit from applications fitting to their needs.

Past INSPIRE conferences have been testimonials to many of the issues and subjects addressed above. They have played an important role not only in bringing together and building a community of stakeholders from the public and private sector who from the onset have shared a common vision.

They have also been the place to reach out, and share more widely the knowledge and potential among those concerned about managing our Earth more sustainably and inclusively through making the best of what digital technologies and policy frameworks have to offer for reaching their environmental, social and economic objectives.

Important Dates

Submissions and programme

7 February 2017 Call for proposals opens
28 April 2017 Call for proposals closes
29-31 May 2017 Acceptance notification
15 June 2017 Draft programme on-line
1 July 2017 Programme on-line


1 March 2017 Early bird registration opens
1 August 2017 Late registration opens
1 September 2017 Late registration closes
4-8 September On-site registration

The event

4-5 September 2017 INSPIRE Conference workshops, Kehl
6-8 September 2017 INSPIRE Conference, Strasbourg

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