Planning and mainly spatial planning is about the spatial dimension of development. It is concerned not only with architecture work, but also with where people live and work, the location of social and economic activity, and the way in which resources we possess in limited supply are exploited to achieve socio-economic objectives. Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) is the base collection of technologies, data, human resources, policies, institutional arrangements, and partnerships that enable the availability, exchange of and access to geographically-related information using common practices, protocols, and specifications. SDI consists of a framework that enables users with different mandates and disciplines to operate in a cooperative and cohesive manner to acquire access, retrieve, analyze and disseminate geospatial data and information in an easy and secure way.
The concept of SDIs reside in “working smarter, not harder” by re-using data, technical capabilities, skills, intellectual effort and capital, through sharing the costs of people, technology and infrastructure. SDIs rely on the development of policies, technologies, data, common standards, standard practices, protocols and specifications. The SDI main concept is to move spatial data into Web environment and to use Web services for building network of distributed Geoportals. Using new methods of digital cartography enables to go beyond linguistic frontiers. The European INSPIRE Directive adopted in March 2006 defines the standards for future European SDI. With implementation of INSPIRE initiative, there will be strong need for capacity building and transfer of experience among architects, spatial planners, European Regions and municipalities. The SDI-EDU project aims to transfer former experience from EU research projects dealing with education in SDI spatial planning as Humboldt and Naturnet Redime towards planners in European Regions and municipalities.
The project will use innovative educational methods combining methods of distance learning vocational training, e-learning and knowledge sharing that will allow transfer the experience and that will teach how to deal with SDI spatial planning for real users. The project will also transfer newest research results from Humboldt and transfer it into research courses. In the team, there are already members of European research projects (Humboldt (HSRS), Naturnet Redime (IMCS)), who will transfer existing experience towards real users in Europe.
The SDI-EDU project aims to support training focused on spatial planers. The SDI will be extended in the frame of the implementation phase of the INSPIRE Directive. The implementation phase will run until 2019. During this period, each member state will have to incorporate the INSPIRE Directive into its national law and to develop the interoperable services allowing the management and sharing of spatial data. There will be requirements also on spatial planning accept the implementation rules of INSPIRE Directive.
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Faculty of Applied Sciences _ Czech Republic
Czech Association for Geoinformation _ Czech Republic
Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia
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