smeSpire - A European Community of SMEs built on Environmental Digital Content and Languages, is an FP7 Support Action started in May 2012, funded by DG CONNECT of EC, run by a consortium of 15 partners from 12 EU Member States.
The main project aim is to support geo-ICT European SMEs to capitalize the INSPIRE benefits, through 8 concrete output:
Assessment, in 12 EU Member States, of the market potential for geo-ICT SMEs in relation to INSPIRE as an integral component of the DAE, to characterise the obstacles for geo-ICT companies to enter this market in terms of knowledge gaps and training needs as defined within the project.
A training package based on vocational training curricula, designed to train environmental data analysis professionals, expert in the maintenance and exploitation of environmental data commons. The training package, including a catalogue translated in all the official languages of the participating Member States, will be made available on an e-learning training platform.
A Best Practice catalogue, including lessons learned and unsuccessful outcomes, in the field of the management of environmental digital content across Europe.
Dissemination events, in the form of smeSpire days, which will include training workshops, to be organised in the 12 participating countries , potentially organised as ePractice workshops.
A network of SMEs and other institutional stakeholders aiming at bridging the gap between the INSPIRE driven demand of environmental digital data and the industry-driven offer of geo-ICT solutions, stimulating, encouraging and facilitating the participation of SMEs.
A business model aiming at enabling already established and new geo-ICT SMEs in Europe to convert technological innovation which is inside the INSPIRE implementation process into economic value.
A database containing information about the geo-ICT SMEs in Europe, enabling complex business intelligence studies and analysis, even beyond the project lifetime, useful to extract real indicators and to map competences from SMEs across Europe.
General awareness about the importance of interoperability, about the EIS/EIF, and about relevant results from the ISA programme.
Brief description: The aim of this open group is to stimulate discussions supporting European geo-ICT SMEs to capitalize the INSPIRE benefits.