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Into the EU data space

Into the EU data space



The presentation is an attempt to persuade the directors of national geo-data agencies within Europe (not just the EU) that:

  • there are significant opportunities for their agencies from an active participation in the European Data Space
  • aspects of the implementation of that space that will not be fully effective without the active and expert engagement of these agencies

I found this an accessible introduction to the key points of this enormous EU-led change in the use of data (no less than the vision of a single market for data).

It feels like yet one more area where post-Brexit UK risks being left behind, but this also highlights a gap in my knowledge about just what the UK is doing.


Slides from a presentation to directors of European national mapping, cadastral and land registry authorities, including non-EU states/agencies such as UK Ordnace Survey

EC sees data as "an essential resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress in general"

European strategy for data aims at creating a single market for data that will ensure Europe’s global competitiveness and data sovereignty. Common European data spaces will ensure that more data becomes available for use in the economy and society, while keeping the companies and individuals who generate the data in control.

An extended legal framework:

  • GDPR
  • Data strategy
    • Data Governance Act - 06/2022, effective 09/2023
    • Data Act 2024?
    • Open Data Directive - 12/2022, effective 05/2023
  • Digital strategy
    • Digital Markets Act - 11/2022, effective 05/2023
    • Digital Services Act - 11/2022, effective 01/2024
    • AI Regulation 2024?

European Common Data space

  • all who provide or use data are part of the data space
  • sector-focused data spaces, e.g. financwe, skills, medicine etc.
  • federated services

Key point, this policy and framework is a "geopolitical proposition" aligned around citizen rights and European values and maximising socio-economic benefits of digital data.

Spatial data is key component, but needs the effective engagement of mapping and land registry agencies:

  • contribution of use cases to influence development of ther data space
  • there is no specific sectoral space for geo-information therefore effective and interoperable use of geo-data in the various sectoral spaces needs active intervention
  • the new legislation offers opportunities as well as compliance requirements

There are currently key gaps around trust, provenance and clearing whioch give the geo-data agencies not just opportunities to promote wider use of their data, but to acecss the data of others.

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