Working towards a European Geological Data Infrastructure

Rob van der Krogt, Richard Hughes, Mikael Pedersen, Jean-Jacques Serrano, Kathryn A. Lee, Jørgen Tulstrup, François Robida

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The increasing importance of geological information for policy, regulation and business needs at European and international level has been recognized by the European Parliament and the European Commission, who have called for the development of a common European geological knowledge base. The societal relevance of geoscience data/information is clear from many current issues such as shale gas exploration (including environmental impacts), the availability of critical mineral resources in a global economy, management and security with regard to geohazards (seismic, droughts, floods, ground stability), quality of (ground-)water and soil and societal responses to the impacts of climate change.

The EGDI-Scope project responds to this, aiming to prepare an implementation plan for a pan-European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI), under the umbrella of the FP7 e- Infrastructures program. It is envisaged that the EGDI will build on geological datasets and models currently held by the European Geological Surveys at national and regional levels, and will also provide a platform for datasets generated by the large number of relevant past, ongoing and future European projects which have geological components. With European policy makers and decision makers from (international) industry as the main target groups (followed by research communities and the general public) stakeholder involvement is imperative to the successful realization and continuity of the EGDI. With these ambitions in mind, the presentation will focus on the following issues, also based on the first results and experiences of the EGDI-Scope project that started mid-2012:

• The organization of stakeholder input and commitment connected to relevant ‘use cases’ within different thematic domains; a number of stakeholder representatives is currently involved, but the project is open to more extensive participation;
• A large number of European projects relevant for data delivery to EGDI has been reviewed; what can we conclude and what is the way forward?
• The project has evaluated relevant existing interoperable infrastructures revealing a typology of infrastructures that may be useful models for the EGDI;
• Planning for the EGDI also need to be integrated with other relevant international initiatives and programs such as GMES, GEO and EPOS, and with legally binding regulations like INSPIRE. The outcomes of these relevant evaluations and activities will contribute to the implementation plan for the EGDI including the prioritization of relevant datasets and the most important functional, technical (design, use of standards), legal and organizational requirements
Original languageEnglish
Article numberEGU2013-11577
Number of pages1
JournalGeophysical Research Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEGU - General Assembly 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 Apr 201312 Apr 2013

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 1: Data


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