Assessing the Openness of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI): Towards a Map of Open SDI

Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Kotryna Valečkaitė, Bastiaan van Loenen, Frederika Welle Donker

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This paper introduces the Open Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Assessment Framework as a new approach for assessing the openness of SDIs. Open SDIs are SDIs in which non-government actors such as businesses, citizens, researchers and non-profit organizations can contribute to the development and implementation of the SDI, use spatial data with as few restrictions as possible and benefit from using these geographic data. A pilot application of the new framework resulted in the Map of Open SDI in Europe, which aims to show the level of openness of national SDIs in Europe. The map could become a relevant and practical tool that shows the status of Open SDIs in Europe and supports decision makers and practitioners in making their own SDI more open.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-100
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

This publication is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 706999.


  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • assessment
  • open data
  • Open SDI


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