Outlining Denmark’s GIS strategy

July 29th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


Eskom recently hosted a presentation by Jan Hjelmager, the Standardisation Advisor for the Danish Ministry of the Environment on Denmark’s GIS Strategy. He explained that the Danish data strategy comprises the Danish Basic Data Program and the eGovernment strategy, both of which are modelled on the European Community’s INSPIRE data infrastructure model. (INSPIRE  was born out of the need for a common data structure for the European Community, and makes extensive use of ISO, OGC and related standards.)

Owen Maswangange , Mimi Chauke and Jan Hjelmager.

Owen Maswangange, Mimi Chauke and Jan Hjelmager.

Hjelmager stated that the Danish strategy was created with Denmark’s background and basic criteria in mind, but can become an extension of INSPIRE, or build on INSPIRE principles and practices. He added that Denmark has a population of 5,6-million, of which 95% have internet access, and a high percentage of these people interact with public authorities online.

The Danish government followed an open data approach, he explained, preferring to fund the model via future savings based on gains in efficiency, as well as reduced administration and data update costs. The Danish Ministry of Finance has calculated that the model will lead to public sector savings of R465-million and private sector savings of R931-million per year.

The result has been a data infrastructure model, with centralised data and a common data distributor which citizens, the public and private sectors can access, and which ensures updated and complete data in a single repository.

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