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EuroGeographics: Maps for a Data-Driven Europe

By Knowledge Network – Staff memberPublished on

On 29 November, EuroGeographics organized an event at the European Parliament on Maps for a Data-Driven Europe.

On 29 November, EuroGeographics organized an event at the European Parliament on Maps for a Data-Driven Europe. The event was hosted by Cristian Bușoi, Chair of the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy with the support of EuroGeographics.

One of the main goals of the event was to demonstrate how authoritative geodata addresses several issues from the implementation of the Green Deal and multimodal transport strategies, to providing efficient solutions for civil protection and disaster management bodies and responses to Covid-19. In his opening speech, Cristian Bușoi stated that “all data producers, and especially public data providers, must ensure that their data is ready to underpin this decade of action. They have an immense responsibility to ensure that their data meets citizens’ needs and supports national and European bodies to address the challenges they are facing.”

The agenda included panel discussions and case studies demonstrations. The case study on Civil Protection was particularly interesting. Provided by the Spanish General Directorate for Cadastre, it aimed at demonstrating the value of cadastral information in managing natural disasters. Among other benefits, cadastral information enables managing administrations to evaluate the damages immediately and act appropriately and enables citizens to demonstrate the condition of their properties before they were destroyed or damaged by the natural disaster – regardless of whether they are registered in the Land Registry or not. The video presented on this case study during the event is available at: .

Europe is leading the way in providing location data to link information and action across national boundaries to enable a sustainable, safer and prosperous society. To achieve a successful digital transformation, Europe will need to meet the demand for geospatial information which will continue to grow into the next decade. EuroGeographics is an independent international not-for-profit organisation representing Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities.