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Plan4all newsletter 5

  1. 1. Plan4all Newsletter Issue 5, September 2011 co-funded by the Community programme 3 ... PLAN4ALL Final Conference eContentplus 4... Regional Implementations 5... Pan European Plan4all Platform e f erenc 7... Metadata Harmonisation in al Con selsPlan 4all F r, Brus all.eu/ 8... Plan4all Data Deployment - Stage 1 e Octotb ://www.plan 4 13 at h tp 11 ... Validation of the Project Solutions ter Regis 13 ... Project consortium Each newsletter introduces several partners of the Plan4all consortium in more detail. This newsletter introduces ZPR, FTZ, PROVROMA, EUROGI and The harmonisation of spatial LGV HAMBURG planning data according to the INSPIRE Directive based on the 16 ... Upcoming events existing best practices in EU regions and municipalities and the results of current research projects May 2009 - October 2011
  2. 2. Dear ReaderWelcome to the 5th issue of the Plan4all Newsletter. The Plan4all project is slowly but surely comingto the end. The consortium is finalising the harmonisation of their datasets.Plan4all is a European project co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus. The main aimof the project is to harmonise spatial planning data and related metadata according to the INSPIREprinciples.The Plan4all project should contribute to the standardisation in the field of spatial data from spatialplanning point of view. Its activities and results will become a reference material for INSPIRE initia-tive; especially for data specification. Plan4all is focused on the following 7 spatial data themes asoutlined in Annex II and III of the INSPIRE Directive:• Land cover• Land use• Utility and Government services• Production and industrial facilities• Agricultural and aquaculture facilities• Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting units• Natural risk zonesPlease visit the Plan4all geoportal and find more information about the implementation of the Plan4allsolution in pilot regions.CordiallyThe Plan4all Teamhttp://www.plan4all.euproject-board@plan4all.eu Join us on the INSPIRE Forum: http://inspire-forum.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pg/groups/1892/plan4all/ Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/e/-bm0vvw-gdq6g3bo-1p/vgh/3374366/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plan4all/144291828941248?ref=search Plan4all Newsletter 2 Issue 3, June 2010
  3. 3. Final Conference REGISTER AT http://www.plan4all.eu/ Spatial Planning in Europe in terms of INSPIRE Solutions in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy A Conference for public and private actors active in the field of spatial planning in Europe Brussels, 13. October 2011, 14:00 – 17:3 Diamant Congress CentreCo-funded by the Community Programme Side Event of the Open Days eContentplus 2011 Plan4all Newsletter 3 Issue 3, June 2010
  4. 4. Regional ImplementationsInga Berzina (Zemgale Planning Region), Karel Charvat (Help Service Remote Sensing)The objective of Task 6.1 Regional implementa- NASURSA (Spain); PROVROMA/Hyperboreations was deployment of SDI for Plan4all pilot (Italy); GIJON (Spain); MAC (Ireland); CEITpartners. These pilots’ deployments were base ALANOVA (Austria); AVINET (Norway); DI-for full Plan4all SDI infrastructure and also were PSU (Italy); EPF (Bulgaria); ADR Nord Vestnecessary for spatial planning data and metadata (Romania); Lazio (Italy); HF (Czech Republic);harmonisation. The regional deployments were MEDDTL (France); FTZ (Malta).in the first stage focused on metadata and data, Map Viewer - http://giz.zpr.gov.lv/mapas they were. In initial stage metadata, WNS and WFS - http://giz.zpr.gov.lv/glog/Glog/entry.WFS of original data were deployed. Using dep- php?class=Mapman.MapmanWfs&VERSI-loyed platforms and implemented Plan4all tools ON=1.0.0&mapProject=mapproject3&instance=-data and metadata are published in Plan4all and &SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabili-INSPIRE profiles. Deployed regional pilot plat- tiesforms are the part of global Plan4all Networking WMS - http://giz.zpr.gov.lv/glog/Glog/ent-services. Currently already all partners deployed ry.php?class=Mapman.MapmanWms&map-basic infrastructure. Advantage is, that different Project=mapproject0&instance=&SERVI-technological solutions are used and this guaran- CE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilitiestee interoperability testing. The final deliverable D6.1 “Deployment of Plat-Currently is running implementation of transfor- forms on Local, Regional and National Levels ismation services, which will support transformati- available at:on of data in existing models into data following http://www.plan4all.eu/simplecms/?me-the designed conceptual models. nuID=37&action=article&presenter=ArticleThe objectives of Task were: This document summarises:• Deploying systems for the publishing of Me- • Methodology - steps taken to achieve the tadata and catalogue services based on CSW goal of the task; 2.0.2; • Summary - wrap up of all partners activities;• Deploying systems for the publishing of • Conclusion, next steps; WMS and WFS; • Annexes - detailed descriptions of partners‘• Testing of partners CSW, WMS and WFS implementations. against Plan4all portal.In order to achieve this task require-ments for the Plan4all Networkingarchitecture and recommendations forPlatform implementation (from D 2.2Analysis of Innovative Challenges andD5.2 networking architecture) and im-plementation of Basic Services wereprovided.Partners involved in the T6.1. have wor-ked in order to deploy the above men-tioned services and tested them againstPlan4all. The steps and technologiesused in each Pilot region are describedin the Case-studies of Olomouc (CzechRepublic), TDF (Latvia); HSRS (CzechRepublic); LGV Hamburg (Germany);ZPR (Latvia); GEORAMA (Greece); Plan4all Newsletter 4 Issue 3, June 2010
  5. 5. Pan European Plan4all PlatformKarel Charvat (Help Service Remote Sensing)The aim of Pan European Plan4all Platform was portal supporting access to spatial planningto demonstrate the technological feasibility of data of all partners based on Pan EuropeanPlan4all designed models from WP3, WP4 and Plan4all Networking services.WP5. Based on the analysis and recommenda- Pan European deployment is focused on deploy-tions, large scale testbeds were realised inside ment of central portal with client applicationsof this task. The standards and models coming and using network services like discovery andfrom the architecture design are platform neutral, portrayal services, where important role is toto give content providers a chance to reuse their play multilingual search for data and commoncurrent technological platform. The large scale portrayal rules. These are critical services fortestbed required additional investment into tech- sharing and understanding spatial planning datanologies covering functionality, which is neces- across Europe.sary for publishing the data and metadata with The Pan European Plan4all Platform was de-respect to spatial planning based on INSPIRE signed and implemented on the basis of analysisImplementing Rules. The partners, which do not and architecture design in D5.2. From the archi-yet have the technology necessary for testing the tectural point of view, the system must have thePlan4all solution were supported by the techno- following characteristics:logical partners. The large scale testbed was fo- • service oriented;cused on building a platform supporting common • loosely coupled integration;sharing of content related to spatial planning, • persistent identifiers;including issues such as Digital Right Manage- • trusted infrastructures.ment. In establishing such a solution, there are The system is satisfying all the above listed re-two basic objectives: quirements called Uniform Resource Manage-• To extend or to fully implement platforms on ment System (URM). The main objective of the premises of every single content provid- URM is easy description, discovery and valida- ers, which will allow them to publish data tion of relevant information sources. The URM and metadata according to the INSPIRE prin- opens new possibilities, how to share knowledge ciples. and information inside of communities. The cur-• To implement one central spatial planning rent version of URM is based on Metadata and Plan4all Newsletter 5 Issue 3, June 2010
  6. 6. catalogue system Micka, there were already sic buildings blocks, which are currently imple-tested possibilities with other interoperable plat- mented are:forms like Geonetwork. This new method of • Metadata management (editing, discovery,sharing of knowledge could increase collabo- access, harvesting)ration inside of communities and also could be • Data management (upload, download, OGCuseful tools for training and education. Global service publishing)SDI building is usually described like pyramid • Data visualization (local data, WMS, WFS,building. Current experiences demonstrate, that KML and management of Web Map Con-for practical usage is more efficient “spider net text)infrastructure”, where different local or global • Content management (publishing of contextlevels are able directly share data. As examples and connection with social networks)could be for example mentioned cross border All this four building blocks are interconnectedsystems, system of different communities across trough metadata, supporting effective exchangeEurope or world, etc. URM Geoportal is the way of information.to shift from the pyramid paradigm, to paradigmof spider net. With our concept URM concept issystem of distributed data sources, where everyprovider could decide about accessibility of hisdata against concept of cloud computing, whereone organisation is managing all information.The principle of URM allows to build “spider-net” infrastructure supporting interconnection ofany two portals and effective exchange of infor-mation.Plan4all Geoportal could be divided into four ba- Plan4all Newsletter 6 Issue 3, June 2010
  7. 7. Metadata HarmonisationKai-Uwe Krause (LGV Hamburg) Information contained in the Implementing The Plan4all metadata profile is intended to pro- Rules for INSPIRE metadata seems not suffi- vide metadata of cient enough to describe all spatial data theme • spatial plans according to national legislation specific aspects. Therefore a Plan4all metadata (digital or non digital): spatial plan metada- profile with respect to specific aspects of the ta, spatial data theme (i.e. land use) was defined. • datasets which are part of digital spatial plans: In Task 3.2 a European spatial planning meta- dataset metadata, data profile (Plan4all metadata profile) was de- • spatial services providing access to digital signed on the analysis of national requirements spatial plans: spatial service metadata on spatial planning metadata (Task 3.1) as well Existing local, regional or national metadata are as on the experiences of designing conceptual transformed into the Plan4all metadata profile data models for selected INSPIRE themes (Task and provided as CSW services. The CSW serv- 4.2). The Plan4all metadata profile extend the ers are cascaded and published using the plat- INSPIRE metadata requirements. It is compliant form from WP6. Besides this alternative it is also to ISO 19115/19119/19139 standards, INSPIRE possible to collect metadata in Plan4all Metadata metadata profile and INSPIRE metadata imple- Portal. menting rules. „HMDK“metadata catalogue based on the „German Environmental Information Portal (PortalU)” default metadata profile, including INSPIRE metadata profile Plan4all Newsletter 7 Issue 3, June 2010
  8. 8. Plan4all Data Deployment - Stage 1 Petr Horak, Martin Vlk (Help forest s.r.o.) The main goal of the Task 7.2 is the spatial • Definition of appropriate conceptual models planning data deployment in project regions. • Process of spatial planning data harmoniza- Existing local, regional or national data has tion been transformed into data following new • Publishing of harmonized data common conceptual models using trans- INSPIRE data specifications and Plan4all con- formers implemented in WP6. Data has been ceptual models for relevant themes were corner published using web map clients and/or OGC stones of the whole harmonization process. On web services. the basis of these models, a final structure of har- End date: 31stOctober 2011 monized data was formed as the first step of the October 2011 WP 8 Validation data harmonization process. The next step represents a precise description of WP 6 WP 7 May 2011 source data intended for harmonization. It allows Large scale Content deployment better understanding of data for determination of WP 1 testbed WP 9 transformation conditions. This description in- Project Disseminationmanagement clustering cludes a layout of the data structure, characteri- and WP 3 WP 4 WP 5 consensus zation of individual object types and an overview Plan4all Plan4all data Networkingcoordination metadata architecture building and May 2010 or a list of codes. Sometimes spatial data are not model sustainability profiles planning in a GIS structure and must be therefore modified and transformed into an appropriate format. WP 2 Set up of transformation conditions is a key point State of the art analysis Start date: 1st May 2009 May 2009 of the harmonization process. The conditions are formed by relations between source and target Figure 1: Plan4all working schema. data that should be defined at the objects, fea- tures and attributes levels. For representation of The task of Data Deployment depends on the re- the relations, a transformation table or scheme sults of WP3 (connected metadata), WP4 (con- usually are used. ceptual models), WP5 (Networking Architecture) When the transformation conditions have been and WP6 (Large scale testbed). The deployment defined, the final step of the whole harmonizati- of data and metadata is running in two stages to on process can be run. The whole transformation guarantee validation of concept and platform. can be performed by means of transformation tools or directly with the help of SQL queries. How to makE SPatIaL PLaNNINg data INtERoPERabLE Spatial planning data exist today in European countries in very diverse forms and data structu- res. The project Plan4all was one from European project aimed at interoperability and harmoniza- tion of spatial planning data and metadata while observing basic INSPIRE principles. One from main tasks of the Plan4all project was to achie- ve such a process of data interoperability which would allow utilization of source data from in- dividual countries in the form common to all of them. There were specified three main stages wi- thin Plan4all project (see Figure 2) how to get interoperability for spatial planning data: Figure 2: Plan4all interoperability schema. Plan4all Newsletter 8 Issue 3, June 2010
  9. 9. Harmonized data, which are saved in the target schemes and on harmonisation processes for the-structure, may be published in several ways. In se themes. The harmonised data has been publis-the individual regions included in the Plan4all hed in web map clients and/or through standardi-project, publishing of harmonized spatial plan- sed OGC web services WMS and WFS.ning data were tested through the regions’ web The Land Cover data model proposed by WP4map applications and also by providing data via was quite simple and transparent. Thus the har-OGC web services, WMS or WFS. In this phase monisation process was straightforward. Theof the project, harmonized data are presented as data sources usually had a similar structure, somap layers in a web client or in the form of web the harmonisation was provided mainly on enu-services. meration.The first stage of the Task 7.2 Data Deployment The conceptual model for Land Use proposed byhas been focused on regional/local spatial data WP4 was very complex and in fact covers thetesting and transformation into Land Use and whole area of Spatial Planning, not just specifi-Land Cover conceptual data models proposed by cally Land Use. The WP7 team modified the mo-WP4. The models have been modified on the ba- del and agreed a shorter and simpler version ofsis of requirements from project partners. On the the conceptual model. This simplified structurebasis of these models, the target data structures was more understandable and better for definiti-have been developed and project partners tried to on of harmonisation relations. The team also defined a key harmonisation at- tribute – GeneralLandUseType. This attribute was the main item for comparison of data from different countries and regions. An enumeration related to this attribute has been modified. In ad- dition, several other attributes and values have been re-defined. On the basis of the knowledge of regional/local data, the project partners individually specified transformation tables and provided data trans- formation into the target (harmonised) structure. The data from the target structure has been pub- lished in web map clients on the partner’s sites or through web services WMS and WFS. The spa- tial reference has been agreed as the projection Figure 3: Plan4all common harmonisation schema. EPSG:3035. Examples of the harmonised data may be seen atprovide transformation of their own source data the Figure 4.into these target structures (Figure 3).RESuLtS oF tHE FIRSt tEStINg StagE PLaN4aLL data HaRmoNISatIoNThe testing and deployment covered several steps ExPERIENcE aNd REFLEctIoNfrom description of the original (source) data The Plan4all project tried to implement INSPIREstructure, through proposals for a transformation principles in spatial planning practice or, at least,table to target data structures that represent har- to show a way how to do it. Spatial informationmonised data. To create these target structures, services allow users to identify and access spatialthe conceptual models elaborated in WP4 have or geographical information from a wide rangebeen used. 17 project partners attended on the of sources, from the local level to the global le-testing of Land use and Land Cover conceptual vel, in an interoperable and interactive way for a variety of uses. Nevertheless a range of such Plan4all Newsletter 9 Issue 3, June 2010
  10. 10. Sumperk source data Olomouc source dataSumperk Harmonised Data (GeneralLandUse) Olomouc Harmonised Data (GeneralLandUse) Figure 4: Source data and harmonized outputs (Olomouc and Sumperk, CZ).services is still limited and sometimes is totally a consequence of differences in spatial plan-missing. Improvement of this situation undoub- ning in European countries.tedly required better spatial planning system in- • Multiplicity of harmonised attributes is ateroperability and data harmonization. problem each time. It is better to avoid thisPresent experience with spatial data harmoniza- situation and to modify appropriately thetion process within Plan4all testing may be sum- data sourcesmarized into several recommendations; some of • It is needed to keep models, schemes andthem may be mentioned: tables as simple as possible.• To better understand source-target relations • Precise specification of metadata fields and a precise definition of the source data should leaving them out of the data make clear the be created and described. There does not exist data structure. any fixed standard for planning data in many • Definition of symbols and colours for harmo- countries and the definition should help to nised data is necessary for right presentation harmonise different data in the same way. and publishing.• Exact specification of code lists and enume- On the basis of experience with data harmonisa- rations with explanation of terms is highly- tion going from Plan4all conceptual models, the valued. The same values may imply different Plan4all team continues with testing of harmoni- meaning to people from different countries sation steps using INSPIRE technical specificati- and consequently harmonised datasets may on. Practices and outputs will be available on the be technically correct, but are not in reality. Plan4all portal. This is not problem of the data model, but Plan4all Newsletter 10 Issue 3, June 2010
  11. 11. Validation of the Project SolutionsThe goal of Task 8.2 was to validate Plan4all appropriate threshold of detail. A solution sug-products, which consist of metadata profiles, gested by stakeholders is to allow each countrydata models and network services concerning to design their own catalog profiles by extendingspatial planning data according to the INSPIRE existing code list elements. This would retain theDirective. In order to accomplish this task, a integration on the European level while allowingVerification and Validation (V&V) phase was sufficient detail on the local. Another currentplanned, which was customized on the basis of concern refers to metadata availability. The chal-the different nature of each expected product. In lenge is that existing metadata are generally ra-particular, as for the verification process, project ther poor because a lot of information is implicitsolutions were checked with respect to relevant when used in the context of a municipality – butINSPIRE documents and users‘ requirements. becomes explicit when taken out of this context.Both a syntactic and a semantic check were ac- This will lead to a significant challenge whencomplished whose goal was to determine data creating metadata from local profiles.model correctness, completeness, readability and As for Plan4all themes, the proposal suitably co-minimality, and schema content in terms of state- vers all elements featuring the spatial planningments, respectively. domain. It also supports INSPIRE requirementsA different approach was then followed within the and may be a good starting point for evolvingvalidation process. It involved different Plan4all national metadata profiles for data within all the-stakeholders and domain experts, who contribu- mes. Punctual observations were related to someted to determine the efficiency and efficacy of issues that were faced, along with possible solu-project solutions. In particular, each partner pro- tions that were suggested concerning topologicalvided V&V Manager with a list of stakeholders relationships management and UML tools to beand was assigned with two themes to validate ac- adopted to express data constraints and proper-cording to their expertise. In order to capture their ties. Moreover, many stakeholders shared thecontribution to the validation process, a validati- opinion that some limitations met during the caseon kit was prepared, containing a brief descrip- study instancing phase are due to the meaningtion of the Plan4all project, some guidelines for of terms. In fact, they have frequently annotatedthe V&V Liaison Officer, a brief description of that sometimes it is difficult to understand whatMetadata and Annex Themes and Scope, and a item is under investigation, and information pro-questionnaire to be filled by project stakeholders vided by designers does not bridge this gap, dueinvolved in the validation step, where questions to the lack of a common shared approach.about proposed solutions were posed. Another issue highlighted by stakeholders re- fers to the overlaps among themes. Partners andRESuLtS FRom tHE VERIFIcatIoN stakeholders from different countries pointed outaNd VaLIdatIoN PHaSE that these overlaps also depend on national re-Generally speaking, the proposed metadata pro- gulations. Besides INSPIRE indications, whichfile met an agreement among partners and stake- propose high level links for inter-institutional andholders. Both questionnaires and evaluations per- cross-border purposes, other relationships amongformed through the instantiation of case studies themes were identified by domain expert users,highlighted that a core of elements is shared and which have to be managed in order to obtain anaccepted in terms of name, type, and properties. exhaustive representation of real scenarios.However, there exist a subset of elements that ap-pear to be critical, due to the strong dependency FINaL REmaRkSof spatial planning management on organization While concluding the Plan4All V&V phase,/ institution in charge of it, whose task also con- the INSPIRE team launched testing activitiessists of bounding the scope and establishing the for the refinement of INSPIRE Annex II and III Plan4all Newsletter 11 Issue 3, June 2010
  12. 12. data specifications, starting in June 2011 and en- D8.2 Assessment of Project Solutions products. At this stage, a refinement of modelsding in October 2011. After this testing phase, may be fruitful, based on a top-down approachthe TWGs will deal with the comments recei- to capture general indications, that can be thenved and elaborate the final versions of the data deepened and integrated according to specific re-specifications by April 2012. This observations, some changes have been applied meant to better (VLO). Based on subsequent will imply a quirements.possible improvement of the INSPIRE data spe- distribute work and distinguish the role of each partner. The new structure is shown in Figurecifications, which in turn will affect also Plan4all 1. Plan4all Validation Project Manager Project Management Manager Board ToMas Mildorf ZPR Plan4all Plan4all Plan4all Plan4all Content Metadata Profile Data Model Networking Deploymt (HF) (HSRS) Definition Architecture (DIPSU) (GIJON) Project Platform V&V Solution V&V Manager Manager Stakeholder NASURSA Validation AMFM Officer ISOCARP V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO Hyper LGV Hamburg MAC AVINET ZPR FTZ GEORAMA NASURSA V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO EUROGI TDF CEIT ALANOVA LAZIO ADR OLOMUC V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO V&VLO AMFM GIJON DIPSU MEEDAT EPF PROVROMA Figure 1The Plan4all Validation Management Structure - The Plan4all Validation Management Structure Provided the roles that the Project Manager and the Plan4All Management Board are in charge of, in the following paragraphs, the responsibilities of each actor of the assessment process are described.  Validation Manager (VM): the Plan4all Validation Manager has overall responsibility for the successful execution and conclusion of Work Package 8 of the project, “Validation”. Within this context the Manager will:  receive written regional analyses and compile a project register of results across the regions;  provide a bimonthly summary report to the Project Manager and recommend corrective Plan4allaction Newsletterfor any identified 12 Issue 3, June 2010 shortcomings on data/metadata/services/applications at the regional level. The summary report will
  13. 13. Zemgale Planning RegionZemgale is located in the central part of Latvia, south from Riga, it haslong (270 km) borderland with the Republic of Lithuania. Beginningwith the Eastern Kurzeme Highland and Southern Kurzeme Lowland inthe West to the Augszeme Highland in the East, located along Latvia –Lithuania borderland, but its central part is located on the Zemgale Plain. Region area covers 10,733 km2,which is 16.6% of the total territory of Latvian Republic.Zemgale region has 22 municipalities, of which two major cities - Jelgava and Jēkabpils, 20 local municipali-ties, Aizkraukle, Skrīveru, Jaunjelgava, Kokneses, oftentimes, Pļaviņu, Bauska, Rundale, Iecavas, Vecumnie-ku, Dobele, Auces, Tērvetes, Jelgava, Ozolnieku, Jēkabpils, Akniste, Krustpils, Salas and Viesite counties.Zemgale Planning region is under the supervision of LR EnvironmentalProtection and Regional Development Ministry and according to the Re-gional Development Law has a status of derived public person. The Re-gion functions are prescribed in the Regional Development Law, whichdefines that region within the scope of its competence, provides the plan-ning of region development, coordination, collaboration between localgovernments and other state administration institutions The functions of Zemgale Planning region includes:• Development planning on regional level, working at regional econo- mic profiles, elaboration of regional development plans and Spatial development plan;• Coordination of regional and national interests at the working groups of national development Plan, Ste- ering Committees of EU Structural funds and other financing instruments, at the National Development Committee headed by the Prime Minister, at the working groups of different branch sectors at different ministries, including the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Welfare responsible for implementa- tion of the Lisbon strategy.• Coordination of regional and local interests by preparing conclusion on local development plans and Spa- tial plans of self-governments to be in accordance to regional and national planning documents, monito- ring and supervision of local planning processes;• Organization of public transport in the region, opening and closing new routes, distribution of state fun- ding among transport providers.• Development and implementation of regional scale projects, coordination of public institutions, social partners to implement the priority actions in accordance to the Regional development plan.• Management of EU structural funds information centre for Zemgale region, www.zemgale.esfondi.lv• Represent region and the interests of its 22 local self-governments on national and international level.Zemgale Planning region has excellent EU projects and other financial instruments management, and interna-tional cooperation experience with high impact on the regional development. Region ensures innovative andstart of art technologies for management of geographic information data in order to promote implementationof INSPIRE directive in Latvia.Address: Katolu iela 2b, Jelgava, Latvia LV3001Tel.: +371 63027549Email: zpr@zpr.gov.lvov.lvWebsite: www.zemgale.lv Plan4all Newsletter 13 Issue 3, June 2010
  14. 14. The Province of Rome extends over anarea of 5,352 km² and is the most popu-lated Province in Italy with its 4,053.779inhabitants (2007). Its territory includes121 municipalities, among which, themunicipality of Rome that counts morethan 2,700,000 inhabitants.The Province of Rome is a second tier lo-cal authority in the Italian decentralizedgovernment (NUTS III), it is an interme-diate authority between municipalitiesand regions legitimated by the Royal De-cree No 5929 dated 15 October 1870. The Province oversees and administers strategic functions in differentfields such as protection and enhancement of natural resources (water and energy resources, parks and naturalreserves), waste management, control ofwater discharge, noise and gas emissions,road maintenance and transports, promo-tion of cultural heritage and vocationaltraining courses.With regards to urban and territorial plan-ning the Province of Rome is responsiblefor elaborating the General ProvincialTerritorial Plan that defines strategiesand objectives of territorial planning andmanagement by promoting a sustainable,balanced and polycentric development ofthe provincial territory.The Department in charge of the policiesconcerning territorial planning has deve-loped a SDI for managing spatial data, bysigning a first agreement with the LandAgency (Territorial Agency Protocol – May 2008), to access data related to municipalities, and a second onewith the Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea (MATTM) giving its adhesion to the initia-tive called „ Cartographic Co-operating System - National Cartographic Portal „, as organization providing itscartographic data and metadata according to the CNIPA directives on Public System of Connectivity and Co-operation. The SDI developed by the Province of Rome provides services such as metadata catalogue searchservices, mapping, editing as well as download services.contacts:Palazzo Valentini Headquarters: Via IV Novembre, 119 / a - 00187 RomePublic Relations Office Phone:+39 0667667324-+390667667326 - +390667667564 to +390667667151Fax URP: +390667667328 - E-mail: info@provincia.roma.it - website:http://www.provincia.roma.it Plan4all Newsletter 14 Issue 3, June 2010
  15. 15. Fondazzjoni Temi ZammitThe Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit (FTZ) is a Maltese not-for-profit foun-dation located at the University of Malta in Msida. Set up in 2004, itteams up several municipalities and key stakeholders together with theUniversity of Malta to act as a collaborative network for the implemen-tation of local and international projects of benefit to the Maltese com-munity. FTZ is establishing itself as the island’s premier multi-stake-holder partnership for regional development.FTZ helps to provide the critical mass often required for participation in such projects, through networking,clustering and capacity-building actions. Its collaborative nature facilitates the achievement of the foundation’sbroader mission to create greater social cohesion and contribute to the moulding of tomorrow’s knowledge-based society – “an inclusive society without frontiers to knowledge”.FTZ’s five main thrusts of action build on the experience the foundation has gained so far in the followingareas:• ICT-assisted Education• Research and Innovation• Culture and the Arts• Environment• Social and European issuesThe Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit was alsomandated to set up national centres/agenciesfor e-learning, research mobility and energymanagement.• AKC Avicenna Knowledge Centre focusing on eLearning is a founding mem- ber of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) and the Avicenna Virtual Campus (AVC).• RMC The Malta Research Mobility Centre which forms part of the European EURAXESS Services network, supporting researchers and hosting the national portal for research mobility (www.eracareers. org.mt).• MIEMA The Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency (MIEMA) was established in June 2007.Office:Ir-Razzett tal-HursunUniversity of MaltaMsida,MaltaEmail: info@ftz.org.mtPhone: (+356) 23402189Website: http://temi.ftz.org.mt/ Plan4all Newsletter 15 Issue 3, June 2010
  16. 16. a NEtwoRk oF gI/SdI NEtwoRkSThe European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI) was established in1994 on the basis of a recommendation from the European Commission (EC). It is an independentnot-for-profit organisation, which represents the whole Geographic Information (GI) and Spatial DataInfrastructure (SDI) communities, focusing principally on usage issues, and in so doing strongly ar-ticulates a user’s perspective. The membership comprises mainly of National Geographical Informa-tion Associations which themselves have in total about 6000 organisational members across Europe.EUROGI is an inclusive organisation open to participation by all European GI/SDI stakeholders,being built as a network of GI-SDI networks.VISIoNGeographic Information in all its aspects should become a fully integrated component of the Euro-pean knowledge-based society.mISSIoNIn order to ensure good governance, economic and social development, environmental protection andsustainability, and informed public participation, EUROGI’s mission is to maximise the availabilityand effective use of GI throughout Europe. This will require EUROGI to stimulate, encourage andsupport the development and effective use of GI and relevant technologies, and to act as the voice forthe European GI community. Plan4all Newsletter 16 Issue 3, June 2010
  17. 17. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, one of the 16 states of the federation, is the second largest city inGermany with its 1.7 million inhabitants. In this sense, it is a city as well as a state.The Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung (LGV Hamburg) - Agency for Geo-Information and Sur-veying - is responsible for the production and publication of the official maps and for keeping the official land register in Hamburg. Spatial data and services are a prerequisite for all cadastre, planning and building purposes. LGV Hamburg, an agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, provides these services. With about four hundred employees working in four divisions (administration, geo information, surveying and geo data services) LGV Ham- burg is responsible for Hamburg’s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) including INSPIRE and the Metropolitan Region (SDI- MRH), and maintenance of cadastral data. LGV Hamburg is the coordination centre for all these SDI activities like consul- ting, data collection and digitization, operation and mainte- nance of the geoportal. Hamburg metropolitan region represents the cooperation between 14 local government districts in Schleswig-Holsteinand Lower Saxony and the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. This area covers an area of ca 19000 km² with morethan 800 cities, towns or municipalities and is home to 4,3 million inhabitants.Beneath European (INSPIRE) spatial data infrastructure (SDI) or national German SDI initiatives (SDI-DE)Hamburg works directly on SDI in regional context of Metropolitan Region Hamburg (SDI-MRH).SDI-MRH brings datasets from the three federal states together in one map client. The project mainly focuseson comprehensive regional planning at federal state and county level, urban land-use planning, protected sites,tourism, education and commercial areas related datasets. Datasets from different servers are shown togetherin one web mapping application.Plan4all project helps to disseminate the goal of INSPIRE in Metropolitan Region Hamburg (http://english.me-tropolregion.hamburg.de/) and support goals of the „Strategic ActionPlan of Hamburg Metropolitan Region“ (period 2011-2013) throughproviding spatial services supporting the stratetic actions fields:• Sustainable settlement and spatial structures• Sustainable structures for recreation and tourism• Value chains and cooperation of economic key sectors• Vocational education and requirements for skilled labour Science and technology transfer• Climate Change and Adjustment Strategies• Hamburg European Green Capital 2011 Plan4all Newsletter 17 Issue 3, June 2010
  18. 18. Upcoming events FoSS4g 2011 - oSgeo conference 12 - 16 September 2011 Denver, USA http://2011.foss4g.org 28th urban data management Society 27 - 30 September 2011 Delft, The Netherlands http://www.udms.net Joint workshop of the PLaN4aLL, bRISEIdE, cENtRaLab, ENVIRogRId and HabItatS projects 5 October 2011 Castle Kozel, Czech Republic http://www.plan4all.eu/simplecms/?menuID=29&articleID=98&action=article&presenter=ArticleDetail open days 10 - 13 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2011/index.cfm Plan4all Final conference 13 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium REGISTER ONLINE http://www.plan4all.eu REaL coRP conference 14-16 May 2012 Schwechat, Austria http://www.corp.at/Plan4all Newsletter, an online newsletter published by the Plan4all project.© Plan4all (http://www.plan4all.eu)The Plan4all project received funding from the Community programme eContentplus.Views expressed in this newsletter are those of the individuals, partners or the consortium and do not represent the opinion of the Community. The Community isnot responsible for any use that might be made of information contained herein.Please note that, after a period of time, links to certain articles in the newsletter may become inactive.The newsletter home page is at: http://www.plan4all.eu/simplecms/?menuID=38&action=article&presenter=Article Plan4all Newsletter 18 Issue 3, June 2010

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