2nd GIGAS Stakeholder Workshop: Opportunities for shaping a convergent evolution of GEOSS, INSPIRE and GMES

The workshop will take place on 26-27/01/2010 at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.


The three initiatives GEOSS, INSPIRE and GMES share important commonalities, including a focus on environmental policy support, use of earth observations and services, geomatics and geographic information, international scope, and reliance on international standards and the advanced Spatial Data Infrastructures that are needed for their implementation. However, each initiative has its own timeline and approach for technical development, thus risking an evolution into separate, incompatible services and not profiting from the benefits of a common approach.

Furthermore, the three initiatives are each entering into initial operating capability (IOC). In this phase it is crucial for the stakeholders and decision-makers to be aware of interoperability issues between the initiatives, and of strategies for addressing them in order to help to ensure coherent evolution.

In mid 2008, the GIGAS project (GEOSS, INSPIRE, GMES, an Action in Support) was established with the specific aim to assess and address interoperability gaps and opportunities for establishing bridges between the initiatives. With a formal and structured approach, the GIGAS consortium has performed in-depth comparative analyses on a variety of topics across the initiatives.

Scope of the Workshop

This workshop gives you, as stakeholder of GEOSS, INSPIRE or GMES, the opportunity to get insight into and to influence the development of arrangements for interoperability within and between the initiatives. The aim is to achieve a common understanding on how to perform a concerted adoption of activities to influence and shape the evolution of GEOSS, INSPIRE, and GMES towards convergence. This will be discussed on the strategic level as well as for concrete issues on the technical level.

The workshop will be organised around interoperability recommendations that have been identified in GIGAS. Four working sessions will focus on the technical aspects of Catalogue and Metadata, Data interoperability, Data Access and User Management as well as on the business model for a Persistent Interoperability Testbed and the long term strategy for sustaining the communication and information platform established through GIGAS. The objectives for the working sessions are to receive feedback on the issues and recommendation raised so far and to work on a common strategy for institutionalize them through the relevant forums and standards bodies (like GEO SIF, OGC TC, ISO/TC 211).


Stakeholders of GEOSS, INSPIRE, and GMES that have an interest in influencing and shaping the evolution of the three initiatives towards convergence.

If you are interested in participating, please indicate your interest by e-mail to Moses Gone (moses.gone@igd.fraunhofer.de) before 14/12/2009.

Participation is free of charge. The number of participants is limited to 70. Places will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop Organizers

This Workshop is organised and supported by the GIGAS project consortium. For further information on the GIGAS project, please refer to the website: http://www.thegigasforum.eu.

Workshop contact

Moses Gone / e-mail: moses.gone@igd.fraunhofer.de


European Commission Joint Research Centre
Via E. Fermi, 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Building 36, Ground Floor, Room 046


[Logo] FP7GIGAS is a Support Action partly funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project runs from June 2008 to May 2010.