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ODSE Conference: Policy

A series of talks from the ODSE conference revealing and discussing policy-related aspects in Open Data and spatial information across Europe.

The EU legislative and supporting activities on data

by Daniele Rizzi (European Commission)

Daniele Rizzi is the principal administrator and policy officer at the European Commission. His presentation at the ODSE overviewd the European legislative support on data, with attention to open data.

Context within which Public Open Data projects are being supported by the European Commission, and other project examples

by Mark Vella Muskat (European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)

Mark Vella Muskat is the project officer at European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). In this talk, he showed examples of Public Open Data projects supported by the European Commission.

An interactive understanding of the free and open source geospatial ecosystem

by Codrina Ilie (Terrasigna)

Codrina Ilie is a remote sensing/GIS specialist at Terrasigna (RO), and PhD student at the Groundwater Engineering Research Centre, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest.

In this talk, Codrina explores the state-of-the-art of the Free and Open Source paradigm in the geospatial world. With numerous, stable and powerful solutions, services, libraries built and maintained in the spirit of FOSS, the Open movement has long overcome the status of a garage hobby, infiltrating all sectors. There are hundreds of relevant events around the world each year, from conferences to hackathons, workshops and seminars, studies and reports analysing open source business models, funding schemas and explicit requests for projects that build software to make it open source. In this agile context, it is difficult, if not impossible to keep up to the speedy developments, to make use of what is already out there and investing resources in improving and not building from scratch.

Moving toward Open Geospatial Systems: The UN Open GIS Initiative

by Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano)

Maria Antonia Brovelli, Professor of GIS and Copernicus Uptake at the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI), introduced the United Nations Open GIS Initiative, an ongoing Partnership Initiative led by the United Nations Geospatial Operations. The Initiative, established in March 2016, is supported by several UN Agencies and mission partners (Member States, technology contributing countries, international organizations, academia, NGOs, and the private sector) and takes full advantage of their expertise.
Maria illustrated the UN position toward data openness, touching various components of the initiative (Working Groups and Pilot Projects), and presented outcomes and results, as well as lessons learned and future developments.

The European State of the Climate - from data to information and back

by Freja Vamborg (Copernicus Climate Change Service)

Freja Vamborg, Senior researcher at Copernicus Climate Change Service, illustrated the European State of the Climate report: this annual report on behalf of the European Commission provides an analysis of the monitoring for Europe for the past calendar year, with descriptions of climate conditions and events.

Using Earth Observation Data Cubes for dynamic mapping at scale: A Pacific Perspective

by Sarah Cheesbrough (Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd)

Sarah Cheesbrough, Earth Observation Specialist at
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd, UK, spoke about the EO Data Cube based in the South Pacific region (Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) as part of the IPP CommonSensing project, funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (

Open European Earth Observation Data, a Copernicus Overview and Outlook

by Raymond Sluiter (Netherlands Space Office (NSO))

Raymond Sluiter, Senior Advisor Data & Applications at Netherlands Space Office (NSO) discussed an overview and outlook of the EU Copernicus programme around Open European Earth Observation Data.