We are pleased to inform you that the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organizing a one-day Dialogue Session at the 2013 Geospatial World Forum (http://www.geospatialworldforum.org/).

The objective of the Dialogue Session is to share the experiences of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing innovative solutions based on INSPIRE (http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu) and Open Data policies, and make recommendations on how to exploit the opportunities further.

We are looking for high-quality examples of SMEs to explore the extent to which INSPIRE and related policies increasing access to environmental and PSI are offering opportunities to SMEs to innovate, create new services, growth, and jobs.

The Dialogue Session will address through keynotes and open participation by SMEs the following items:

  • What SMEs stand to gain by contributing to INSPIRE and related policies increasing access to environmental and spatial information
  • The roadblocks that hinder their fruitful participation • Ways to overcome these challenges and evolve profitable business models for SMEs
  • Needs of end-user organisations with respect to INSPIRE data and the applications needed to make use of these data
  • Success stories of innovative application using open access to environmental data
  • Ways of collaboration between the key stakeholders–SMEs, data providers and end-users

If you wish to participate as selected speaker, please send a short abstract (500 words max.) to smespire@jrc.ec.europa.eu or contact smeSpire.

Important Dates:

  • Abstracts submission: Friday 1st March 2013
  • Evaluation: Friday 15th March 2013
  • Authors Notified: Monday 17th March 2013

Scientific Committee:

  • Massimo Craglia (European Commission Joint Research Centre)
  • Paul Smits (European Commission Joint Research Centre)
  • Piergiorgio Cipriano (European Commission Joint Research Centre)
  • Giacomo Martirano (smeSpire project coordinator)
  • Bhanu Rekha (Geospatial Media and Communication)
  • Megha Datta (Geospatial Media and Communication)