Meeting of NSDI Workgroups

Joint meeting of the NSDI Workgroups was held on 27th November 2014.

Workgroup for cooperation, Workgroup for legal framework and Workgroup for technical framework held the joint meeting on 27th November 2014, in order to review the status of the current activities and planning further work on establishment of NSDI.

According to the agenda, review was made of the results that were realized in the previous period, the status of the on-going activities, as well as planning of the forthcoming activities. Having in mind that it is necessary to fully transpose the INSPIRE directive, the work on drafting of the Law on NSDI was introdused. Therefore, the most important issues defined by the draft of the Law were presented: NSDI subjects, spatial data themes, technical infrastructure, data sharing, coordination structure and financing. At the same time, an emphasis was put on open issues that need to be discussed additionally within the NSDI bodies.

The members of the Workgroups were introduced about the participation in the work of the Negotiating Group 27 – Environment and Climate Change, through informing on issues that were discussed during the screening process. The information was exchanged about the possibility to define, during the negotiation process, the transitional period for full implementation of particular components. In addition, it was discussed about the development of a strategy for further work that shall cover legal, administrative and financial aspects. Besides, attendees were introduced about work of the INSPIRE MIG (Maintenance and Implementation Group) through informing on the role, organizational structure, members, tasks and pool of experts.

Additionally, it was presented the outcomes of the IGIS project on spatial data acquisition as well as development of products and services based on the implementation of modern technology. A wide range of topographic and cartographic products were provided within the project such as: ortho imagery; several series of satellite imagery mosaic; digital elevation model; high-precision digital terrain model based on LiDAR acquisition; 3D topographic database based on stereo-plotting; design and editing of topographic maps; production of thematic maps by using remote sensing for applications in the areas of agriculture and environment; the web portals with services to access and sharing of geo-products from the project and other sources. In addition, the projects that rely on the capacities developed within the IGIS project were presented such as: IPA project for the development of flood risk maps based on LiDAR acquisition; development of LPIS system for identification of the parcels that are used for agriculture; development of the inventory of abandoned arable land and alike.

The status and objectives of the ongoing NSDI projects were presented: PROFID project for the development of the technical specifications for the development of the National geoportal and related technical infrastructure, as well as the basic components of the proposal of the World Bank project on real estate management in Serbia.

The further activities and plans for the establishment of the NSDI for the next year were considered. It was proposed to direct further work on resolving the open issues identified during the drafting of the Law on NSDI; drafting of NSDI Strategy for the forthcoming period until 2020; monitoring of the status of the establishment of the NSDI and reporting according to the INSPIRE Implementing Rules for Monitoring and Reporting etc.

Members of the Workgroups actively participated in the discussion and expressed their views on the current activities and future development. Special emphasis was put on the strongly expressed need for cross-institutional cooperation and participation in the implementation of joint projects in order to meet the requirements on the implementation of certain legal acts from other sectors. It was highlighted the importance of making favourable terms for sharing of spatial data and to remove the barriers to access data and services. It was agreed to keep on with exchange of information on current projects from other institutions that may contribute to the establishment of the NSDI.