Leveraging SMEs’ Strength for INSPIRE Richard Rombouts Snowflake Software
Snowflake Software The Data eXchange Company Off-the-Shelf Products Software Development Training and Support
INSPIRE at Snowflake • Software • GO Publisher • Create INSPIRE data • Share INSPIRE data • GO Loader • Load INSPIRE data • INSPIRE-as-a-Service • Let us do it for you • Training • INSPIRE Essentials • GML • XML • Data Modelling • Consultancy • Implementing INSPIRE • Transforming data • Implementing enterprise-sized data publication systems
What I want to talk about... • Experiences • Opportunities • Barriers • New initiatives • Innovation
Experiences • INSPIRE puts data sharing and open standards on agenda with data providers • Growing realisation that data is an asset • INSPIRE is actually being implemented across Europe; no more paper tiger • INSPIRE is often perceived as technological problem, not as an opportunity for innovation.
Opportunities • SMEs are agile by nature and are close to their customers making them ideal to cooperate with • Training and knowledge sharing on technical and management level still required • Other domains adopting INSPIRE-like initiatives, eg. Single European Sky and OneGeology.
Barriers • Long implementation timescales causing • Data providers to wait with implementation • Upfront investment and uncertain long-term revenues for SMEs • Current tendering procedures not beneficial for SMEs • Governments competing with businesses • Perceived complexness by data providers • EU not leading by example...yet
Leading by example 96% of open datasets from just a single organisation (<2% from EEA)
Leading by example Wide variety of data providers
New Initiatives • European Location Framework (E.L.F.) • Technical infrastructure which delivers authoratative, interoperable, cross-border geospatial reference data. • CITI-SENSE • Development of sensor-based Citizens' Observatory Community for improving quality of life in cities. • UK Open Data Institute • Catalyst for the evolution of an open data culture in the UK.
Innovation “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
Innovation requires... • Innovative data providers • More than just opening up datasets • Innovative technology providers • More than just selling software licences • Inspiration • More than just ticking the INSPIRE-box
Final Thoughts • INSPIRE can be a driver for open data innovation • INSPIRE is not a technological problem requiring a single software solution • SMEs have an intimate understanding of their customers and their culture. Use it! • SMEs are agile and innovative, because it is in their DNA.
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