6.a: Business model/sustainability plan for post-2021 period
Prepared by: Terrasigna / mundialis
The Geo-harmonizer project was co-funded by the European Commission through the Telecom programme of the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA), together with each partner in the consortium. The overall scope of activities was to use and further develop open source geospatial solutions, i. e. new, value added map products based on open data, that are easily findable and and downloadable in a timely and modern manner. The final aim is to support cross-border services over “the Geo-harmonizer region”, specifically the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, B&H, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Albania. Moreover, it is important for HaDEA, as well as for all partners involved, to maintain and continue developing and generating new versions of the map products prepared within the Geo-harmonizer after the successful completion of the project. As the entire paradigm of the initiative is based on open principles, the sustainability of activities is not straightforward. Therefore, the consortium has invested efforts into investigating potential market strategies that could support it over an extended period of time.
The Business strategy proposal for the long-term sustainability of the Geo-harmonizer results contains 4 main sections. First, it presents a contextual analysis of all results obtained within the project: software, map products and knowledge (openly licensed workshop materials, peer reviewed papers etc.), continued with a short summary of costs within the project. The third section is dedicated to the assessment of opportunities beyond the traditional users, while the forth one is dedicated to the proposed development directions that could support the long term Geo-harmonizer initiative.