Spain: SDI Gran Canaria update includes switch to open software and new 3-D module

Spatial Data Infrastructure (IDE) Gran Canaria reports (Las Palmas, Spain) the publication of a new display in the portal Gran Canaria IDE.

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Italy: Lombardy Region updates its Geoportal

The geographic portal of the Lombardy Region ( has been updated: enriched with new functions, services and tools, reorganized content, and open to the world of social networks.

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Author(s): Silvana Philippi Camboim, João Vitor Meza Bravo, and
                 Claudia Robbi Sluter

ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2015, 4, 1366-1388

Abstract: The integration of user-generated content made in a collaborative environment is being increasingly considered a valuable input to reference maps, even from official map agencies such as USGS and Ordnance Survey. In Brazil, decades of lack of investment has resulted in a topographic map coverage that is both outdated and unequally distributed throughout the territory. This paper aims to analyze the spatial distribution of updates of OpenStreetMap in rural and urban areas in the country to understand the patterns of user updates and its correlation with other economic and developmental variables. This analysis will contribute to generating the knowledge needed in order to consider the use of this data as part of a reference layer of the National Spatial Database Infrastructure as well to design strategies to encourage user action in specific areas.

Keywords: geoinformation quality; assessment; VGI; Brazil; integration.


Vessel Monitoring System Geoportal for the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions by PEREUS

A common methodology towards the development of an integrated fisheries management approach for the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions has been developed leading to the establishment of the Vessel Monitoring System Geoportal. PERSEUS Project has carried out this work, and all the EU regions working in the area of Southern European Seas can benefit from it. PERSEUS scientists formulated a common methodology, to analyse Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data, and developed a web based GIS platform to visualize the results of the analysis for the estimation of fishing effort.

By using simple tools and equipment already available and mandated by existing EU legislation any European region can now set up a system to assess the fishing effort and fishing activity on the fishing grounds for specific species for managing European fishing fleets and for conserving fish stocks. As such, PERSEUS helps policy decision making in relation to fisheries by providing estimates of catch, location, pressure, etc. from existing and collectable data for managing European fishing fleets and for conserving fish stocks.

The PERSEUS Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) geoportal is available online at and detailing common data approaches. The methodology supports and enhances the work of existing in-port manual fishing catch checks.

Survey: Operational uses of satellite-based services within the public sector

Are you a public authority? Do you use a service based on satellite applications routinely, to perform your work? If so, Eurisy is asking for input to help them document experiences with satellite-based services by responding to a short questionnaire. Eurisy is not looking for technical details, but for information on the implementation process, as well as on the tangible and intangible benefits of the satellite-based service used. If you are not a public authority, but know public organisations using satellite services operationally, please send them the link to this survey, or contact the Eurisy staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The survey was launched after a testing phase involving ten public authorities. The results of the testing phase are presented in the Eurisy publication “Operational uses of satellite-based applications in the public sector: a case study review”. The Executive Summary of the publication (English version only) can be downloaded at To obtain the full analytical report of the publication and the annexed casestudies,
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Denmark: Danish Geodata Agency launches new data distributor website

New website for data distributor has been launched ( Here you can among other things read news about data distributor project and see the schedule. In a short time you will also find the technical specifications; then, you are helped in retrieving data from the distributor when September is access to the first selected spatial data.

Geodatastyrelsen (Danish Geodata Agency) is in the process of establishing data distributor, which by the end of 2016 make all input data available in one place and provide new opportunities for the use of data in the public sector and private companies. When data distributor is in operation, it provides access to basic data via online lookup, events / subscription and file distribution and replaces the different distribution solutions, today exhibits basic data.

Denmark: Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen) moves to another ministry

In connection with the new government basis, it was decided that Geodatastyrelsen be moved to the Ministry of Energy, Power and Climate Affairs. Geodata is viewed of great importance to the work of supply, energy and climate in Denmark.