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Presentation at the INSPIRE Workshop "Concrete steps to implement INSPIRE: synergies between the public and the private sector" - Florence, 24th June 2013

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Looking at INSPIRE from an Open Source obsessed SME

  1. 1. GeoSolutions, Looking at INSPIRE from an Open Source obsessed SME Ing. Simone Giannecchini, GeoSolutions
  2. 2. GeoSolutions  Founded in Italy in late 2006  Expertise • Image Processing, GeoSpatial Data Fusion • Java, Java Enterprise, C++, Python • JPEG2000, JPIP, Advanced 2D visualization  Supporting/Developing FOSS4G projects  GeoTools, GeoServer, MapStore  GeoBatch, GeoNetwork, ImageIO-Ext  Clients  Large NGOs, Public Administrations  Private Companies  Good balance between Italian and International Clients  http://www.geo-solutions.it
  3. 3. Reference Architecture GeoWebCacheGeoServer GeoBatch GeoNetwork MapStore Ingest & Preprocess Metadata Maps & Data Tiles & KML Mashups Data & Styles WMS Metadata
  4. 4. Open Source  Crucial for EU  Proprietary Software is mainly built outside EU  Let’s not give up on our best brains!  Grow knowledge here, now!  Push for innovation  Openness foster collaboration  Openness foster innovation  Open Source for Dummies  Select products carefully, engage the community  Give back  avoid Vampires & Vendor Lock-in  Account for Professional Support  no paying no gain!  Open Source != Free  Plan for the features you need not how many licenses you need!
  5. 5. INSPIRE  Top-down process  Works by imposition  Complexity  We probably need shorter and simpler guidelines!  Adapting to INSPIRE is expensive  Existing products  Existing infrastructure  Existing data repositories  Real world moves faster than standardization bodies  Open Data & Open Source provides momentum, let’s use it!
  6. 6. Issues & Blockers  Wrong approaches to Open Source  Lack of real R&D funding for SME  Competition from Universities & Foundations  Unclear rules for creating SME networks  Somewhat high standards for bids participation  INSPIRE Complexity  Lack of Knowledge around INSPIRE at operational level
  7. 7. Conclusions  We work for people  People ask for more data & services  Complexity generate confusion  Confusion generate failures  Innovation  development of new values  solutions that meet new requirements  inarticulate needs  old market needs in new ways  Open Source & Open Data are fostering innovation  INSPIRE does generate business, but could do better about innovation

Presentation at the INSPIRE Workshop "Concrete steps to implement INSPIRE: synergies between the public and the private sector" - Florence, 24th June 2013

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