The four-year project Humboldt (http://www.esdi-humboldt.eu/home) and its half-year extension (by March 2011) contribute to the implementation of an ESDI (European Spatial Data Infrastructure) that integrates all the diversity of spatial data available from the multitude of European organizations, it is the aim of this project to manage and advance the implementation process of this ESDI. To achieve this objective and to maximize the benefits gained from this integration, the requirements of INSPIRE, of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), of the environmental agencies and of other related activities in the EU will be met.
Project Humboldt started with an analysis to facilitate the re-use of existing concepts, processes, implementations and experiences. This also included the analyses of harmonization processes in other application areas. Following project Humboldt is extending the existing by the needs of users and administrators especially in the area of GMES. As a cornerstone for future businesses, spatial planning, citizen security, risk management and many more opportunities, the ESDI has to be a lasting development, prepared for the steps that will inevitably follow with the continuing progression of globalization. To enable this, the Humboldt project suggests an optimized, community-driven implementation process. New knowledge will then be gained and new processes will be developed from the possible combination of data that already exists but is currently highly scattered and heterogeneous.continue