EuroGeographics creates expert group to strengthen commitment to Copernicus

23rd May 2017

Members of EuroGeographics have launched an expert group to strengthen their commitment to providing harmonised pan-European geospatial data sets and services to Copernicus.

The move builds on the cooperation agreement signed earlier this year between the Association for European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The newly created Copernicus Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) will enhance coordination and communication between the two organisations, with a focus on facilitating access to authoritative geospatial in situ reference data for use in activities initiated by EEA and the European Commission’s flagship initiative for earth observation and monitoring. It will also evaluate the Copernicus services’ requirements for geospatial data to identify data gaps and propose solutions.

Anders Sandin, Chair of the Copernicus KEN (in the picture) commented: “We look forward to continuing our work with the EEA to establish how access to authoritative geospatial data may be provided in line with the Copernicus programme’s data and information policy, whilst also respecting EuroGeographics members’ national policy, legislative and business requirements. This will include exploring solutions to provide full, free, and open access to geospatial data for the Copernicus programme.”

Read more in the latest press release.