Research by the Commission on Geospatial Data Sharing

The Commission is currently conducting a study on how the sharing of geospatial data between public authorities and with the public could be improved across the EU.

The INSPIRE Directive plays an important role in facilitating such sharing. However, experience shows that there is room for improvement and that more can done.

Therefore we ask you, as the users and producers of geospatial data and information, to share with us your experiences and thoughts on the use of this ‘infrastructure’ by answering a questionnaire that you find online at

Please feel free to share this message with other stakeholders in your networks.

Thanks a lot for your support,

Results of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

The jury members including Esther Huyer (Consultant at Capgemini Consulting), Anca Popescu (RTDI Project Officer at the European Union Satellite Centre), Lorenzino Vaccari (Senior researcher at the Joint research Centre in Ispra) and Bart De Lathouwer (Innovation Specialist of the Open Geospatial Consoritum) announced the following winners of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018:

  • 1st place – TEAM 12: Delimiting of agro-climatic zones, Karel Jedlička, Pavel Hájek (UWB), Karl Gutbrodt (Meteoblue), Marcela Doubková, Apurva Kochar (PESSL)
  • 2nd place – TEAM 13: Arctic Geodata and Fishery Statistics, Torill Hamre (NERSC), Bente Lilja Bye (BLB), Markus Fiebig (NILU), Arnfinn Morvik (IMR), Per Gunnar Auran, Bård Johan Hansen, Ståle Walderhaug, Arne Jørgen
    Berre (SINTEF), Jovanka Guliscoska (Viderum)
  • 3rd place – TEAM 10: Location intelligence from multi-variate spatial analysis, Stein Runar Bergheim (AVINET), Karel Charvat, Petr Uhlir (CCSS), Raitis Berzins (BOSC), Dmitrij Kozuk (CCSS), Milan Kalas (KAJO)

The special prize on security of 1000 EUR was awarded to the team number 14:

  • Analytical Map of Incidents Registered by the Municipal Police in Plzeň, Czechia
  • Team members: Jiří Bouchal, Alvaro Silva, Jan Ježek and František Kolovský (InnoConnect)

Another Series of the INSPIRE Hackathon Webinars

The organisers of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018 have prepared another series of webinars. These webinars include:

Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 2.30pm CEST on Open Data Portals & APIs

Thursday 30 August 2018 at 2pm CEST on Smart Points of Interest (SPOI) and Location & APIs – register at

Friday 31 August 2018 at 2pm CEST on APIs for Security & CKAN – register at

TEAM 15: API for Analysis and Prediction of Fuel Consumption

TEAM LEADER: Christian Zinke-Wehlmann [InfAI]

TEAM MEMBERS: Jörg Schließer [InfAI], Willy Steinbach [InfAI], Moritz Engelmann [InfAI]


The main idea is to create an API for analysis and prediction of fuel consumption. Up to now, our focus lay on fishery vessels that are supposed to travel from their current location to a new destination. Given some surrounding conditions and internal measurements we analyze and predict the fuel oil consumption per nautical mile using statistical methods. For training and testing purposes we were provided with full datasets from two vessels over several years each. The overreaching goal is to make live suggestions on how to minimize the consumption for the duration of the travels.

The goal for this Hackathon is to create a RESTful API to be able to access the generated models and make predictions given new data on the fly. We plan to finalize the requirements for the API and have a working prototype by the end of the coding sessions.

TEAM 14: Analytical Map of Incidents Registered by the Municipal Police in Plzeň, Czechia

TEAM LEADER: Jiri Bouchal (InnoConnect)

TEAM MEMBERS: Jan Ježek (InnoConnect), Alvaro Silva (InnoConnect), Václav Kučera (SITMP)


Problem we solve

There is a lot of big data available in the connected cities of today. Often, this data is stored for restrained purposes without any deeper analysis and visualisation.  Users thus do not benefit from the data and from its understanding that would allow them to act based on the information obtained from data. Cities usually do not know how to work with their data further to get the knowledge out of it that could support the decision making.


The proposed application will help the city of Plzeň (Czechia) to  identify trends and patterns in their security-related data provided by the Municipal Police, e.g. to identify areas with the highest risk of minor criminality, streets with most frequent parking, driving or speed violations, locations with pedestrian or cyclist offences, or neighbourhoods with alcohol- and drug-related offences. The web application will bring the data into a map and make it possible to analyze it for trends and patterns.

It will allow interactive analysis of large spatial data, using WebGLayer heatmap technology.

Thanks to the solution, users will benefit from visual insights obtained from the data. They can drill into the data, look at different combinations of attributes (such as specific hours or days of the week), and understand where the records and the riskiest areas are located on the map.

The city’s manager for criminality prevention can use the solution to discover locations where the city security police measures should target. Police commanders can use the app to identify most risky areas to which the police officers shall be sent to increase safety of citizens. The public can benefit from the higher awareness about the security-related issues in the city.


The product is a web-based map application coupled with analytical tools. It runs on WebGLayer (, a unique javascript open source library developed for rendering heatmaps with built-in dynamic data filtering.

Main Features:

  • Highly interactive
  • Instant reaction to user actions (response time below 100ms)
  • visualisation of up to 1.5 million data records

The library is based on WebGL and uses GPU (graphical processing unit)  for fast rendering and filtering of data. Using commodity hardware (an average PC) the library can visualise hundreds of thousand of features with several attributes through a heatmap, point symbol map.  The library can render the data on the map provided by third party libraries (e.g. Mapbox, OpenLayers, Leaflet, GoogleMap API).

Main advantages of our technology compared to common products on the market:

  • Interactive data filtering: Static images cannot provide sufficient representations of data, and a high level of interactivity is desired. Zooming and panning in geographic space is obvious, but interactive data filtering in various views that our solution provides is not a common feature nowadays.
  • Scalability: Efficient visualization is a key approach to understand large datasets. Scalability represents one of the key challenges from the perspective of visual encoding (the encoding must overcome visual clutter and over plotting) as well as interactivity performance. Our solution can efficiently visualise up to 1.5 data records while keeping low response times.
  • Interaction responsiveness (response time in milliseconds): Once interaction is enabled, the response time is essential. However, large-scale data requires advanced algorithms and approaches. Server side data processing may suffer from network latency. Our solution renders and filters the data on the client side using the GPU, no server side data processing occurs.
  • Modest hardware infrastructure demands: Traditional web mapping in geographical information systems (GIS) often demand infrastructure maintenance of spatial databases, and specific server side software such as MapServer or GeoServer.


Incidents reported by the Municipal Police of Plzeň from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

No. of Data Records: 45216.

Data source: Municipal Police Plzeň

The data for the first release of the application is provided as a sample DB export. It’s planned for the future that the data will be regularly updated and provided by the city through an API.

NOTE: even though the data was anonymised, it contains sensitive data that the owner of the data currently cannot make public. Therefore, due to security reasons, the dataset is currently not available as open data. The application will therefore be protected by a password and at this stage will not be available to public. However, it can be demonstrated during the hackathon presentations. It’s planned that after future prior agreement with the Municipal Police, a new release of the app might be developed with a subset of data that can be made available to public.


The solution is developed within the PoliVisu project (

TEAM 13: Arctic Geodata and Fishery Statistics


TEAM MEMBERS: Bente Lilja Bye (BLB), Arnfinn Morvik (IMR)

PROJECT IDEA:  The targeted area is sustainable aquaculture and bio-economy. We want to combine different types of met-ocean data (e.g. ice edge, SST) and fishery statistics to investigate potential links between climate change and activity in the polar region in and around Svalbard. We will evaluate if the FAIR principles are met for the chosen variables, using Copernicus, BarentsWatch and other open data resources. Accessibility and functionality of the related APIs will be assessed, and whether the chosen APIs can jointly provide new information.

APIs for candidate data sources:

IMR Zooplankton Norwegian Sea:

TEAM 12: Delimiting of Agro-Climatic Zones

TEAM LEADER: Karel Jedlička, Pavel Hájek

TEAM MEMBERS: Karl Gutbrodt, Marcela Doubkova, Apurva Kochar

PROJECT IDEA: The idea is to provide local Agro-climatic maps by processing detailed EO data and climate model data.

Current climate zones maps are very generic. These show large areas and display only some differences in topography. Characteristics such as seaside buffer zones, weather divides or South-North differences are usually not accounted. The idea is to provide local agro-climatic maps by processing detailed Earth Observation data for topography and land cover.

Such improvements in the climate zones would support local/within-field management strategies. For researchers it may be of interest to use this dataset for decisions related to field trial (climatic) representativeness. Agronomists and insurances may find this dataset useful for risk assessment.

Last but not least, researchers and advisors may find important to check the impact of climate change on given area and decide about future management strategies.

The local climate maps will take following factors into account:

  • General weather conditions (large-scale weather models)
  • Local topography (elevation,, with North/South slopes
  • Buffer effects, such as lakes, sea or swamps
  • Soil types.

Data sources:

  • Weather datasets: ERA5 (ECMWF), NEMS30 (meteoblue).
  • Topography maps: EU-DEM,
  • Land cover / soil maps (JRC)

TEAM 11: Expanding Open Land Use Map by Terrain Characteristics

TEAM LEADER: Karel Jedlička

TEAM MEMBERS: Marcela Doubková,  Dmitrij Kožuch

PROJECT IDEA: The idea is to expand Open Land Use map by computing main terrain characteristics of agricultural fields (LPIS blocks). So far for computation two datasets will be used 1arcsecond DEM dataset by USGS and Open Land Use map (for masking fields). The experimental area will be Weinviertel (province located in the norteast of Lower Austra).

So far it is possible to get the main terrain characteristics of the field by entering its unique id in Open Land Use dataset. For example here are those characteristics for the field with id 10145238 .

{‘min_elevation’: 186.64203, ‘max_elevation’: 196.92177, ‘mean_elevation’: 190.70232, ‘median_elevation’: 190.44339, ‘min_slope’: 0.7573741, ‘max_slope’: 1.5695069, ‘mean_slope’: 1.2346609, ‘median_slope’: 1.2555954, ‘min_azimuth’: -179.98296, ‘max_azimuth’: 179.62314, ‘mean_azimuth’: -13.073845, ‘median_azimuth’: -30.859669}

Otherwise as well as get the statistics it is also possible to download characteristics as TIF images: