French National Geographic Institute (IGN)


IGN is a National Mapping Agency and its vocation is: geometrical and physical description of the national territory and land use of France, generation of all appropriate representations thereof, diffusion of the corresponding information.

IGN is a public entity with administrative statute. As a NMA (National mapping agency) it is a public authority in the sense of INSPIRE, and also a LMO. It nevertheless also has missions that go beyond NMCA (National Mapping and Cadastral Agency) tasks, for it also has a sizeable research & development activity, as well as a mission of initial and continuous training. As integrator of data coming from local authorities or national cadastre, IGN develops agreements with them and is thus readily involved in the INSPIRE interoperability problematic.