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Grus L.,Wageningen University | Castelein W.,Geonovum | Castelein W.,Polytechnic University of Mozambique | Crompvoets J.,Catholic University of Leuven | And 6 more authors.
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems

The motives for constructing Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) are often based on their anticipated benefits for society, economy, and environment. According to those widely articulated but rarely proven benefits, SDI coordinators have been defining more specific objectives to be achieved by their SDIs. However, there is a limited number of assessment approaches that are able to demonstrate whether SDIs indeed realize the intended goals. In this article we develop, apply and evaluate an assessment view for evaluating the extent to which SDIs realize their goals. The assessment view has been developed stepwise using the Multi-view SDI assessment framework as a guideline. The application of the proposed view in the Dutch SDI demonstrates its potential. In addition, the evaluation of the proposed view by the potential users confirms to a certain extent its usability. The results also show that the ease of determining assessment indicators depends on the precision with which the SDI goals are formulated. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Stoter J.,Kadaster | Stoter J.,Technical University of Delft | van den Brink L.,Geonovum | Beetz J.,TU Eindhoven | And 6 more authors.
Geo-Spatial Information Science

Three-dimensional technologies have matured over the years. At the same time, 3D information is becoming increasingly important in many applications. Still it is not straightforward to apply the solutions that work on prototypes, small areas or for specific projects to 3D modeling of a whole nation. In the Netherlands, two initiatives are ongoing to address the issues of nation-wide 3D modeling. First, the initiative that aims at establishing and implementing a national 3D standard for large-scale topography with support of all stakeholders. Collecting and maintaining the large-scale data are the responsibility of local governments (mainly municipalities). The second initiative is led by the Kadaster (the organization responsible for topographic mapping in the Netherlands) and aims at automatically generating a 3D version of the 1:10 k object-oriented data-set based on a smart combination of the two-dimensional data with high-resolution laser data. Both initiatives are presented in this paper including results, open issues, and future plans. © 2013 © 2013 Wuhan University. Source

Kotsev A.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Peeters O.,Belgian Interregional Environment Agency IRCELCELINE | Smits P.,European Commission - Joint Research Center Ispra | Grothe M.,Geonovum
Earth Science Informatics

The collection, exchange and use of air quality data require diverse monitoring, processing and dissemination systems to work seamlessly together. These systems should supply data in a format usable for other applications such as planning, assessing population exposure and environmental impact assessment. As air quality does not change abruptly near national borders, international cooperation within this domain is highly desirable. This manuscript reports lessons learned during the implementation phase of one the world’s largest data harmonisation effort of environmental information infrastructures, INSPIRE, a backbone of a European wide spatial data reporting system which involves an unprecedented number of actors and volumes of data. It is important within the context of the Digital Earth concept and the establishment of a global spatial data infrastructure (SDI) through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), as the quality of ambient air is among the most pressing contemporary environmental problems. We summarise our findings from the perspective of national public authorities, obliged by law to transmit standardised spatio-temporal data to streamline reporting and facilitate the use of information, while keeping public expenditure under control. To develop implementation strategies for these type of e-reporting data flows we established a cross-border case study, looking at the process of harmonisation and exchange of data in Belgium and the Netherlands based on interoperable standards. Our results cover the legal, semantic, technological and organisational aspects of reporting. They are relevant to a cross-thematic audience having to undergo similar processes of reporting, such as climate change, environmental noise, marine, biodiversity, water management, etc. © 2014, European Union. Source

Stoter J.,Kadaster | Stoter J.,Technical University of Delft | Reuvers M.,Geonovum | Vosselman G.,NCG | And 3 more authors.
International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives

This paper presents the ongoing research project in The Netherlands in which a large number of stakeholders are realising a 3D testbed based on selected use cases and test areas. The findings of the project will result in a Proof of Concept for a 3D Geo-information standard and a 3D data infrastructure in The Netherlands compatible with international (e.g. CityGML) and national standards. Source

Stoter J.,Technical University of Delft | Vosselman G.,University of Twente | Goos J.,Public Works | Zlatanova S.,Technical University of Delft | And 3 more authors.
Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation

This paper presents a research project in The Netherlands in which a large number of stakeholders collaborated on a 3D test bed, use cases and a test area to push ahead 3D developments and applications in The Netherlands. The pilot has realised a proof of concept for a 3D Spatial Data Infrastructure that addresses issues ranging from 3D data acquisition, definition of a 3D standard, maintenance of 3D data and use of the 3D data in specific applications. An important result is the 3DstandardNL, compatible with international (i. e. CityGML) and national standards on 2D and 3D geo-information. The major contribution of this research is that the main building blocks of a 3D SDI (needs, data, test bed and standards) are studied in coherence to ultimately realise a shared approach to 3D for a whole country. © 2011 E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany. Source

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