BI KEN: Business interoperability

The Business interoperability knowledge exchange network (BI KEN) was established in 2006. We focus on the business issues EuroGeographics and its members have to face. These include the pricing and licencing of products and services and topics such as open data and sustainable business models. Members of the group also exchange knowledge on the geographic information market, product developments, competitors and potential partners.

The aims of the BI KEN are to:

  • Improve the public perception of the role and value of the National Mapping and Cadastral Authorities (NMCAs)
  • Raise the profile, importance and value of geographic and land information supporting the ambition of the NMCAs to operate at the heart of their national SDIs and the European Location Framework (ELF)
  • Maximise the use of NMCA information within a growing European market and, in the longer term and where appropriate, increase income streams develop and stimulate the market and to develop pan-European products and services in a cost effective and timely manner
  • Stimulate the re-use of NMCA data by private sector companies wishing to 'add value' to it
  • Meet the needs of the European Commission for better ‘data sharing’ within initiatives such as INSPIRE
  • To monitor new technology including internet developments and open standards for providing tools to support greater sharing and integration of data

Our 2014-15 workplan;

  • Support the development of licensing and business models for the European Location Framework, notably Work Package 9
  • Share our experiences of open data within the member states and propose solutions for greater user engagement strategies
  • Examine new and emerging licensing models sich as freemium and transactional pricing
  • Build understanding of the changing nature of access to location information, from offline to online delivery and its impacts on member states

The group is chaired by Ashley Wright, Ordnance Survey Great Britain


How to get involved;

The BI KEN is open to all EuroGeographics members. If your organisation would like to be actively involved or become a corresponding member of the BI KEN, please contact Angela Baker at Eurogeographics

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