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June 15, 2010

Esri Provides Road Map to Meet INSPIRE Timeline

New Insights and Strategies for Spatial Data Infrastructure to Be Presented at INSPIRE Conference

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European Union member states can create SDIs that meet INSPIRE objectives.

Redlands, California—Solutions to help European Union (EU) member states follow Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) initiative time frames will be presented by Esri and its European business partners at the INSPIRE Conference 2010 in Krakow, Poland, June 22–25. Esri’s ArcGIS software, including the ArcGIS Server Geoportal extension, will be demonstrated. The software provides the capability to create metadata for country geospatial information as required by the winter 2010 deadline.

“Implementing a national SDI that’s compliant with INSPIRE requires a modern GIS [geographic information system] that quickly incorporates changes and facilitates collaboration,” says Mark Cygan, map, chart, data production, and SDI industry manager, Esri. “Such an ambitious initiative has to be approached by extending and adapting existing infrastructures every time new INSPIRE rules and guidelines become available. Esri and our partners understand that a system should evolve smoothly from existing solutions to a fully operational, INSPIRE-compliant SDI.”

Esri, con terra GmbH, and interactive instruments GmbH will be giving a preconference workshop and paper presentation at the INSPIRE Conference, describing a road map to meet the INSPIRE objectives. The workshop, How to Become an INSPIRE Node and Fully Exploit the Investments Made—Solution Patterns for Data and Service Providers and for Consumers: End Users and Developers, will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Participating organizations will gain an understanding of how to transform, publish, and download existing data sources in an INSPIRE-compliant manner.

Esri's vision for INSPIRE will be presented during the conference in the paper SDI Solutions for INSPIRE: Technologies Supporting a Framework of Cooperation. The paper will be presented on Wednesday, June 23, at 4:40 p.m. and will identify challenges and reflect on the technologies and solutions that underpin a successful SDI.

“We are pleased to team with knowledgeable partners who can provide a pathway for supporting the INSPIRE initiative, including nontechnical aspects such as capacity building and organizational setup,” says Guenther Pichler, business development manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Group at Esri. “Ubiquitous and interoperable access to spatial information from a wide range of sources is key for decision making. European governance will be more efficient and effective, specifically regarding the sustainable management of resources and the environment.”

To learn more about Esri’s solution for INSPIRE, visit For more information and to set up a private meeting at the conference, e-mail

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