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The SDI-EDU project



The aim of this page is to present the project called ‘SDI-EDU for regional and urban planning' (with the acronym SDI-EDU). The SDI-EDU project belongs to the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme. Concretely it is a multilateral project - transfer of innovations. The SDI-EDU project started on October 1st, 2009 and its duration is 24 months. The keywords for the presented project are ‘SDI' as Spatial Data Infrastructure and ‘EDU' as an Education.

Within the framework of the SDI-EDU project we intend to achieve a high level of cooperation between all partners involved in this project. The SDI-EDU project aims to transfer former and actual experience from EU research projects dealing with SDI and spatial planning like Humboldt, NaturNet Redime or Plan4all towards planners in European regions and municipalities.

The project consortium consists of 10 partners from 6 European countries:


• Euro Perspective Foundation (EPF)

Czech Republic:

• Czech Association for Geoinformation (CAGI)
• Help Service Remote Sensing (HSRS)
• University of West Bohemia (UWB) - project coordinator


• Municipality of Nizza di Sicilia (MNS)


• Learning Projects (LP)
• Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia (IMCS)


• Sialiau Regional Development Agency (SRDA)


• E-N (Overseas Networks) Ltd.

The consortium is well balanced and guarantees the precious transfer of knowledge. HSRS as a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium and also as an organization involved into INSPIRE implementation will bring knowledge about SDI. IMCS will bring mainly the newest technological methodology for education such as the methodology of Computer Assisted Educational Processes for the sustainable development. It means combining methods of distance vocational training, e-learning and knowledge sharing that will allow transfer of experience. The produced training environment will demonstrate the utility of project consortium's approach for developing educational programmes that will increase understanding of SDI building on local and regional level. We are sure that this increased understanding will lead to more informed and equitable planning. UWB and HSRS will also bring experience from the PLAN4ALL project. This experience deals mainly with the metadata and the definition of conceptual data models for selected INSPIRE data themes. UWB and HSRS will also transfer the newest research results (mainly about the harmonization of spatial data and tools ensuring this harmonization) from Humboldt and transfer it into research courses. Other organizations (CAGI, EPF, MNS, STEPIM, LP, SRDA, E-N (Overseas Networks) Ltd.) will transfer these educational results to the single European regions. The SDI-EDU project is strongly end-user driven project which aims on providing methods and tools to support the education and training which mostly rely on knowledge-based approaches and therefore an involvement of the end users is critical.

Due to the INSPIRE Directive and its implementation each member state will have to incorporate the INSPIRE Directive into its national law and to develop the interoperable services allowing the management and sharing of spatial data. There will be requirements also on spatial planning to accept the implementation rules of INSPIRE Directive. For two years, SDI-EDU is going to support training of responsible people to set up and use some of these services according to the specific problems of the EU regions on local and regional level. Thus the project will let the regions participate actively in the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.

For more information please visit the official project website.




„This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.“

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Last updated 3006 days ago by Karel Janecka