Speakers Bio & Abstract

Ingrid Vanden Berghe Director General
National Geographic Institute (IGN)

A new role for national mapping and cadastral agencies.
The need for geographic information is changing rapidly, pushing governmental geodata providers to face a major change of their role. Technology gives everyone the possibility to produce and use geodata. This drives a bigger demand for easy access to authoritative data, that have to be accurate and up to date. But also within governmental organisations the need for geographical data is increasing. The mapping organisation can find an interesting path in the development of the role of geographical information broker. This can be done in different ways: providing geodata from different sources to the public servant, optimising the flow of geodata within government and opening governmental data to the outside world are the three major dataflows the geobroker can enhance.