Pan European Associations Forum (PEAF) Meeting, 16th December 2002,
Bino Marchesini, EUROGI – Chair of meeting
Martin Molenaar – OEEPE/EuroSDR
Fred Toppen – AGILE
Gerda Schennach – Council of Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE)
Andre Jadot (EuroSense)– EARSC
Peter Creuzer, WPLA
Emile Elewaut, EuroGeoSurveys
Nick Land, EuroGeographics
Mauro Salvemini – AGILE
Elfriede Fendel- UDMS
1. Peter Laarakker – Introduction about Kadaster
170 million euros turnover, 2200 staff. Any ‘profit’ leads to reduction in charges –
reduced by more 50%, but then had to increase by 20% last year.
Reasons why the Kadaster are interested in international organisations:
• Professional development of staff .e.g through FIG
• Organisational interchange of ideas e.g with similar organisations (NLS Sweden),
• Promotion of interests e.g especially with the EU, but there are too many
2. Welcome from Bino & Presentation of EUROGI
• Bino Marchessini appointed May 2002, taking over from Anton Wolfkamp.
• Ian Masser steps down in March 2003 when new President will be appointed.
January 20th is deadline for nominations; AGM will vote and elect in March. Any
nomination needs to be endorsed by 2 full members. No formal nominations have
been received to date.
• New strategy being developed for discussion at AGM in March.
• Membership likely to increase to include other European countries
• GINIE Project is an important focus for EUROGI, in partnership with JRC, OGC
and University of Sheffield. 3 workshops will be held in 2003 on Registries (e-
Government), Local to Global, and Mediterranean region. GINIE is also input for
INSIPRE. See www.ec-gis.org/ginie for news of these and previous workshops
• MOU with JRC, EuroGeographics (that will start in 2003)
3. OEEPE/EuroSDR – Presentation from Martin Molenaar
• OEEPE has a new name – EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research)
• 18 member countries, focusing on research. Each country has 2 members; one
from the data provider (cadastre or mapping agency) and the other from
• Research focusing on topographic data capture, management, integration and
• Research Plan (2001 -3) available on web site
• Strong overlap with EuroGeographics and planning to build a stronger partnership
between the 2 organisations
4. EuroGeographcs – Presentation from Nick Land
• EuroGeographics is the association of Europe’s Mapping Agencies with 40
members from 38 countries
• Vision is to achieve interoperability of mapping (and other GI) data within 10
• Main focus for 2003 will be on implementation of a discovery (ISO compliant)
metadata service; release of pan-European products – SABE, EuroGlobalMap and
EuroRegionalMap; development of specifications for larger scale data;
development of pricing and licensing guidelines; contribution to INSPIRE;
extension of remit to include cadastre; and strengthening communication and
relationships with partners.
5. WPLA – Presentation from Peter Creuzer
• Practical work includes a number of studies, workshops and publications. For
example in 2002 they had work shops on mass appraisal systems for valuation
and another on serving customers
• Workplan for 2003 will include a survey on restrictions on ownership; study on
cadastral objects; development of guidelines on private public partnerships and
public access to data.
• See the main trends as closer collaboration with other organisations e.g
withEuroGeographics; and integration of cadastral and topographic information.
• 2 workshops in 2003: Athens – Sustainable real estate markets; Edinburgh
-Institutional strengthening and capacity building.
6. AGILE – Presentation from Fred Toppen
• Mission: Ensure views of the GI Teaching and research community are
represented at the European level and be a network of excellence on research and
• 72 members, 21 countries
• number of partnerships and MOUs including with private sector e.g Intergraph,
• Have a number of working groups e.g on environmental monitoring, data policy,
education and hold an annual conference – next one is April 24-26 2003 in Lyon.
• AGILE research agenda is on their website including a ‘research map of Europe’
showing the work of different research labs.
• Green paper for an action-oriented research agenda for GI describes the main
7. CLGE (The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors) – Presentation from Gerda
Schennach (Secretary General)
• Represents public and private sector geodetic surveyors (surveyors with delegated
governmental responsibilities for boundary surveying and cadastral mapping)
across 22 countries, focussing on professional issues.
• Participate in legislation processes at the European level through CEPLIS and
• Provide reports on practice of profession in Europe e.g analysis of the Geodetic
Surveying market in the EU
• Facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications
• Challenges for the future include: Contributing to EU Directive on mutual
recognition; licensing procedures and qualifications; opening of new markets to
the profession; enhancement of public private partnerships; participation in ESDI
and National SDIs; identify impacts on profession of the Permanent Committee
on the Cadastre; find synergies with other pan-European associations; cooperate
with related professions e.g notaries; integrate accession countries; and,
development of a new structure (current still based on founding structure of
8. EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) – Presentation from
• 45 members, with a Board of Directors (8)
• Mission is to promote the use of remote sensing, including to the EC.
• Contact with DG Research (Space Unit) and ESA. Main topics of interest are 6th
FP and GMES, including involvement on GMES Steering Committees.
• Promote applications of remote sensing e.g to check IACS claims on a sampling
9. EuroGeoSurveys – Presentation from Emile Elewaut
• 22 members
• Mission - Virtual European Geological Survey, Virtual Data Centre, Virtual
Centre of Excellence, and Virtual Geoscience Education Network
• Work Groups and policy groups study specific tasks
• Main tasks for 2003 are in the following policy areas of sustainable use of
resources, land use and planning, energy studies, soil, groundwater, service of
general interest (proposed directive, not yet a green paper) ACTION: Emile will
forward the relevant information
• Ad hoc workgroups will focus on Geomedicine, Social and Economic benefit of
geological data; and creation of geological competence pool
Copies of the electronic presentations will be put on the EUROGI website.
10. ABGI (Advisory Board on GI)
Large part of the afternoon-session was dedicated to a discussion with the GINIE-
consortium on the consultation-paper on ABGI.
11. Minutes of the last meeting
Date of next meeting – Possibly linked to EuroSDR 50th anniversary meeting in Munich
The next meeting will focus on hot topics, no need to provide a description of who and
what the organisations are.
12. Agreed Actions
1 Circulate information about service of general interest Emile Elewaut
(proposed directive, not yet a green paper)
2 Confirm data of OEEPE 50th Anniversary meeting in Martien Molenaar
Munich as possible option for next PEAF meeting
3 Confirm date and place of next meeting of PEAF Bino Marchesini
4 Continue to exchange information as appropriate All