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Nationale Geoinformationsstrategie (NGIS)

National Geoinformation Strategy adopted by Federal Government, Laender and Municipalities (NGIS)

To guarantee the basic supply with geoinformation, to facilitate their multiple use and to stimulate innovation – these are the cornerstones of the National Geoinformation Strategy (NGIS), a future-oriented and sustainable geoinformation policy.

Federal Government, Laender and Municipalities now adopted the NGIS in the Steering Committee GDI-DE.

National geoinformation is a central joint task. Geoinformation is effectively applied for spatial decision processes in all social groups; it is collected and used completely economically profitable and value-adding. It helps to support national interests and to perform duties.

A joint strategic approach is required to design the German geoinformation policy sustainably and forward-looking and to pay attention to the whole complexity of the subject. For this purpose, the Steering Committee Spatial Data Structure Germany (GDI-DE) has developed the NGIS. NGIS is aimed at all actors who collect, hold, provide or use geoinformation. It was therefore also established with the participation of business and science and in the beginning of 2015 with a large-scale public online participation process.

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With the three relevant targets: 

  1. guarantee the basic supply
  2. facilitate multiple use and
  3. stimulate innovation

NGIS forms an essential foundation of the locational advantage of Germany. These targets shall be reached jointly across all federal levels and so a contribution shall be made towards ensuring the national sovereignty. Policymakers and all actors are called upon to contribute to the implementation of NGIS in partnership and dialogue.

Further steps to the implementation of the NGIS were examined and evaluated from a number of perspectives in a panel discussion during the conference and trade fair INTERGEO with representatives from business, science, federal government, Laender and municipalities on 15 September 2015.
Chaired by Dr. Georg Thiel (Federal Ministry of the Interior), Dieter Heß (member of the Steering Committee GDI-DE), Hilmar von Lojewski (Deputy, German Association of Cities), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Wytzisk (University of Applied Sciences Bochum), Michael Bültmann (HERE Deutschland GmbH) and Claus Krinke (Contact person of the Conference of Ministers for Regional Planning for the GDI-DE) took part in the discussion. The chair of the Steering Committee GDI-DE Dr. Friedrich Löper (Federal Ministry of the Interior) opened the dialogue with a keynote speech.

Foto der Podiumsdiskussion INTERGEO | 15.09.2015Source: © Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie

The discussion showed that many questions still have to be settled in detail. Nevertheless, the participants see themselves well on track to continue to develop the framework conditions jointly. As already stated in the NGIS, fundamental measures are defined and implemented under the leadership of the Steering Committee GDI-DE. Further specific measures are implemented by the single actors on their own responsibility and agreed over the Network GDI-DE if required.

Decisions of the LG GDI-DE on NGIS: 

National GeoDataBase (NGDB)

The competent authorities of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Germany (GDI-DE) identify a basic stock of data from the existent overall offer of geodata in Germany. This data stock constitutes the National GeoDataBase (NGDB), which means a collection of transparent and quality secured geodata. Data are included into the NGDB, which are required  

  • for the execution of statutory tasks,
  • for the support of modern administrative action or  
  • for economic development and for research.

The Federal Government, the Länder and the municipalities, provide these data.

The Steering Committee GDI-DE adopted a concept for the setup of the NGDB, which, among others, specifies the requirements to the quality of the data. These are the key quality criteria: The relevant data must be

  • referenced to the coordinate system,
  • representable via map services,
  • searchable through descriptive “metadata“ and
  • accessible via download services.

Based on an implementation plan of the GDI-DE Steering Committee, the GDI-DE Coordination Office evaluates the setup of the National GeoDataBase.

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