21st February 2011
INSPIRED BY ESDIN - ESDIN Closing Workshop on 29th March 2011

Our partner project ESDIN is coming to the end of a very successful project collaboration after 30 months of concentrated and focussed activity by 20 consortium partners including 12 National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies.

They invite you to the ESDIN closing workshop on 29th March 2011 in Hotel Marivaux, Boulevard Adolphe Max 98, Brussels, Belgium, from 9.00 - 16.00 or to attend via a web cast.

Experts from the ESDIN team, many of them members of the INSPIRE Implementation Rules Drafting teams, will present and demonstrate the results and achievements of the project.

This workshop will provide you with information and help you:

  • meet INSPIRE requirements;
  • reduce your costs;
  • improve the quality of your data;
  • make existing INSPIRE services "useful" in a pan-European context;
  • access new markets and increase the use of your data.

The workshop is targeted to Pan-European/cross-border geoinformation users, ESDIN reference group members, other SDI stakeholders and data providers including National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs).

Don't hesitate and join in person or via webcast on 29th March, come to see how the INSPIRE Directive was implemented, be INSPIRED and discuss!

Find more details including the agenda and registration on the ESDIN closing workshop webpage.

The ESDIN team is looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

21st February 2011
Training course "Data harmonisation in the context of INSPIRE" on 22 March 2011 in Munich, Germany.

With the adoption of spatial data infrastructure laws in all states, the INSPIRE implementation phase has already begun in Germany. In addition, requirements for the harmonisation of spatial data are emerging with the publication of first INSPIRE data specifications. In this one-day course, the attendants will learn about the basic principles of INSPIRE and different data harmonisation challenges. Practical experience and results gained in the HUMBOLDT project will be used, focusing on the European Risk Atlas (ERiskA) application scenario in the field of flood information systems. Using data from the Lake Constance cross-border region, participants will investigate different data harmonisation tasks and learn about solutions provided by the HUMBOLDT framework tools.

Target group:

GIS managers, GIS users, data providers, data integrators


Basic knowledge of UML and XML is an advantage but not absolutely necessary. Course documents in German and English are used. The course will be taught in German.

Date & Location:

22.03.2011, 09:00 - 17:00 CET (registration deadline: 14.03.2011)

Technische Universität München, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München

Further information and registration at www.rundertischgis.de/fortbildungsseminar

15th February 2011
Survey on the Geographic Information Market in Europe

The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, as coordinator of the EU-project HUMBOLDT, in cooperation with the Technical University Darmstadt prepared a survey on the European GI Market.

The main goal of this study is to deduce certain trends and future developments based on the opinions and expectations of market experts and decision makers and not to obtain a representative empirical study.

The focus of the survey is set on the following topics:

  • General trends and perspectives for the GI market
  • Demand and opportunities for harmonised geo-data
  • Progress and influence of the INSPIRE Directive for the European market

Please support our activities and complete the online questionnaire according to your specific expertise and point of view. It will take you only approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.

Or use this word file and return your answer until Tuesday, 22 March 2011, to


If you are interested in the results of the study please provide the required optional personal information in the questionnaire. Of course, any personal information you supplied will be duly kept confidential until its deletion. This information will not be distributed to third parties.

Thank you very much for your support!

15th February 2011
16. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar Geoinformationssysteme

GIS experts from academia, industry and government will gather in Munich for two days of training courses and workshops followed by a two-day conference from 21-24 March, 2011.

Training courses and workshops will be held on topics like geodatabases, CityGML, data harmonisation in INSPIRE context, WFS for INSPIRE application schemas, Web Processing Services, Microsoft Bing Maps, Location-based services for smart phones, GMES services and semantic model transformation.

Key conference topics include cloud computing, spatial data mining, GeoWeb 2.0, standards & INSPIRE, mobile services and systems, 3D city models & 3D simulations, energy systems, geo visualisation as well as environmental and risk assessment in urban areas. Courses and presentations will be held in German.

HUMBOLDT will be presented in the workshop "Semantische Modelltransformation" (semantic model transformation) on Tuesday, March 22. In addition, the training course "Datenharmonisierung im Kontext von INSPIRE" (data harmonisation in the INSPIRE context) on the same day will make use of project results like the HUMBOLDT Alignment Editor (HALE) based on the experiences in the European Risk Atlas Scenario (ERiskA).

21st December 2010
Humboldt at the ASITA 2010 Conference

The 14th ASITA National Conference took place from the 9 - 12 November 2010 in Brescia, Italy. HUMBOLDT was represented by one workshop and two papers.

The event was an opportunity to disseminate the project results to the Italian community of interest. The participants were SDI Stakeholders, Public Administrations (mostly Italian Regions, but also Provinces and Municipalities) and more generally Italian users dealing with geodata harmonisation.

The workshop programme focused on presenting the main objectives and achievements of the HUMBOLDT project, presenting operational tools and services developed and promoting the online platform for training.

The workshop was anticipated by the presentation of two papers: one presented during a session dedicated to European Projects, and the other presented during a poster session. The first paper presented HUMBOLDT harmonisation toolkit, while the second one presented the HUMBOLDT training framework.

Data harmonisation is undoubtedly an important issue in the Italian GI community so the event aroused a considerable interest among the audience.

21st December 2010
Humboldt Workshop: INSPIRE Implementation for LMO's

In November a 3-day course "INSPIRE Implementation for (Dutch) LMO's" was given by TU Delft. It was the first in a series; the next will be in March 2011. The November course was specifically aimed at Rijkswaterstaat, a core agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Part of the course was a 'hands on' introduction to the HUMBOLDT Alignment Editor (HALE). For this the training material prepared in WP12 was used: a step-by-step example of 'schema mapping' between existing administrative data (source model) and the INSPIRE Administrative Units data model (target model). By using the Alignment Editor the attendants got a first impression of the complexity of schema mapping as part of the data harmonisation work that has to be done for implementing INSPIRE in the member states. The use of HALE by experts from outside HUMBOLDT was also a good way to obtain feedback: what kind of extra functionality would be beneficial according to these users, and which part of the user interface requires additional explanation, in the course material or in the manual.

21st December 2010
Humboldt at the EFAEP General Assembly

During the EFAEP General Assembly held in Brussels on 25 October 2010 a HUMBOLDT Workshop has been organised. EFAEP is the European Federation of Associations of Environmental Professionals, whose aim is to provide a knowledge base and an information interchange tool between Environmental Professionals, Public Institutions and Private Organisations searching for personnel.

The workshop has been organised to spread the results of the HUMBOLDT project towards a specific interest community, in this case the community of environmental professionals that work with environmental and spatial data: it was indeed targeted to match professional interest and touch all the topics that may arouse within this specialist group of stakeholders.

The workshop gave an overview of HUMBOLDT and its relations to INSPIRE and GMES. In addition, the HUMBOLDT Tools and Services, Training Framework and Scenarios were presented. Special focus was set on those interesting from an environmental point of view: Ocean, Forest, ERiskA, Protected Areas and Transboundary Catchments.

21st December 2010
Humboldt Workshop at the Plan4all Project Meeting

The HUMBOLDT approach for data harmonisation and its applicability to other European projects was presented during the Plan4all Thematic Workshop held at Lazio Region in Rome, Italy on October 15, 2010.

The main aim of the Plan4All project is to harmonise spatial planning data and related metadata according to the INSPIRE principles. Therefore, Plan4All and HUMBOLDT are facing common issues related to spatial data, particularly in terms of data harmonisation.

The Workshop provided an overview of the HUMBOLDT project, especially taking into consi­deration the peculiar aspects of the Plan4All project. In addition, the HUMBOLDT Training Framework for education and HUMBOLDT Training Platform were introduced.

The HUMBOLDT Urban Planning Scenario was presented in detail, as it represents a Plan4All interest area as well as the Urban Atlas Scenario and the need of open, harmonised and standardised systems in order to share knowledge between citizens, planners and political representatives.

16th September 2010
Humboldt Open Day 2010: User Evaluation

Your feedback is very important for us in order to reveal different point of views about the Humboldt Framework and its associated scenarios by the SDI stakeholders and more generally users dealing with heterogeneous geodata, end users, data providers, persons concerned with data integration and harmonisation who are involved in the INSPIRE and GMES initiatives, GIS developers and educators. Therefore, a questionnaire for HUMBOLDT User Evaluation (no login required) has been prepared. We invite all Humboldt Open Day attendants and other members of the Humboldt Community to support us in inventoring benefits and relevance of Humboldt Scenario Applications to specific communities and similar projects/initiatives. As a result of your feedback we shall be able to identify the gaps and prioritize the application scenario activities such as dissemination, exploitation and training activities over the extension period of the Humboldt project.

22nd July 2010
Data Harmonisation in Action

The HUMBOLDT Consortium invites you to the HUMBOLDT Open Day on September 28th, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. There, you will get an insight into the main outcomes and achievements of the project which has now entered its final phase. In co-operation with the VESTA-GIS project and co-located with a NATURESDIPlus Training Conference, the HUMBOLDT Open Day will present to you the feasibility and advantages of Spatial Data Infrastructures based on software tools and processes for data harmonisation. Host for both events is the Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP) from Portugal.

More information can be found here.

21st June 2010
Feedback on Humboldt@INSPIRE 2010: Scenario Evaluation

Your feedback is very important for us in order to reveal different point of views about the Humboldt Framework and its associated scenarios by INSPIRE, GMES and related communities who are not directly involved in the Humboldt project. Therefore, a questionnaire for Humboldt Scenario Evaluation (no login required) has been prepared. We invite all INSPIRE Conference attendants and all members of the Humboldt Community to support us in inventoring benefits and relevance of Humboldt Scenario Applications to specific communities and relating projects/initiatives.

21st June 2010
Humboldt at the INSPIRE Conference 2010

This year's INSPIRE Conference takes place from 22nd to 25th June 2010 in Krakow, Poland. The theme is "INSPIRE as a Framework for Cooperation".

Humboldt will be represented in the workshop "Data Harmonisation in the Humboldt Scenarios and the Humboldt Training Framework" which is scheduled for Tuesday 22nd of June 2010, at 4:00 p.m. The goal of this workshop is to present the Humboldt potentiality in different application contexts ("Scenarios"), as a training session offered to the user communities of the Humboldt data harmonisation tools, as well as for the communities of GMES and INSPIRE. The workshop will also present the Humboldt Training Framework, addressed to the practical use of the project's outcomes, paying special attention to training dealing with data harmonisation experiences in different domains and in real world conditions.

On Thursday 24th of June 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the session on "New and evolving tools and technologies" the paper "Integrating spatial data integration: An Architecture for Complex Transformation Services" by Thorsten Reitz, Daniel Fitzner (both Fraunhofer IGD, Germany), Marian de Vries (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Ana Belen Antón Gironés (ETRA Research and Development, Spain) will be presented.

Furthermore, the paper "Data Harmonisation Put into Practice by the Humboldt Project", by Astrid Fichtinger, Ulrich Schäffler (both Technische Universität München, Germany), Joachim Rix, Simone Scherer (both Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) and Moses Gone (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany) will be presented on Friday 25th of June 2010, 12:00 a.m. in the session "Trans-national SDI projects".

Our partner projects eSDI-NET+, NATURESDIPlus, plan4all, GS Soil, VESTA-GIS will also be represented on the INSPIRE conference, either by workshops or paper presentations. For further information on this subject, please visit the INSPIRE Conferece website where you can find the INSPIRE Workshop programme and the INSPIRE Conference programme.

21st June 2010
6th GIScience

Zurich, Switzerland will be the host city of the 6th GIScience conference from September 14th-17th, 2010. Thorsten Reitz (Fraunhofer IGD, Darmstadt, Germany) will present his paper "A Mismatch Description Language for Conceptual Schema Mapping and its Cartographic Representation."

21st June 2010
Humboldt Final Event

In September 2010 the Humboldt project will finalise in a two-day workshop event. The first day will be used for public training workshops on Humboldt Tools and Services as well as Scenario Applications. More detailed information on this event will follow soon on the Humboldt Website and in a separate communication.

21st June 2010
Humboldt Framework for Data Harmonisation

In April 2010 a new version of the Humboldt Workflow Editor has been released and can be downloaded from the Community Website. A high-level overview of the Workflow Design and Construction Service can be found at the respective Wiki page.

In this release, the Workflow Editor allows registering OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) and OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) and composing them into workflows. The workflows can be exported to the Humboldt Workflow Repository Service. Therefore, working with the Workflow Editor currently requires internet connection. Any running WFS or WPS can be registered to the editor via its registration interface, simply by providing the URL.

Please find more information on this (and the other functionalities) in the user manual. The Workflow Repository Service will be accessed by the Humboldt Mediator Service which is the component responsible for the execution of the data harmonisation process. The implementation of this execution-functionality is ongoing and will be available by July 2010.

Furthermore, in May 2010 a new release of the Humboldt Alignment Editor (HALE) has been released. It provides several new features as well as bug fixes. Novelties are, for instance, the Graphical Mapping Representation, the Wizard for Concatenation of Attributes and the possibility to load instance data from a WFS. For more information on this release please visit the HALE News at the Community Website.

Any feedback, error documentation or anything else related to the Workflow Editor, Workflow Repository Service or any other component of the Humboldt framework is highly appreciated. All components as well as full specifications are available for free download on the Community Website, which also provides a forum, wiki and issue tracker.

21st June 2010
Humboldt at AGILE 2010

The 13th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science: "Geospatial Thinking" took place from 10th-14th May 2010 in Guimarães, Portugal.

The Humboldt project was represented by the paper presentation of Eva Klien, Thorsten Reitz, Daniel Fitzner (all Fraunhofer IGD, Germany) and Ulrich Schäffler (Technische Universität München, Germany) on the subject of "Efficient Conceptual Schema Translation for Geographic Vector Data Sets."

21st June 2010
Humboldt at the Digital Earth Summit

The Digital Earth Summit Conference took place from 12th-14th Juni in Nessebar, Bulgaria.

Humboldt was featured in the Plenary Session 4 - Digital Earth in Sustainable Development at Local and Regional Levels. Daniel Kristof (Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Hungary) presented the paper "The Humboldt Project: Developing an Open Source Framework and Tools for Geodata Harmonization" which is a joint effort from Daniel Kristof, Christine Giger (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland), Eva Klien, Thorsten Reitz (both Fraunhofer IGD, Germany) and Santiago Caceres (ETRA Research and Development, Spain).

7th April 2010
Call for Participation

The integration of user requirements from various application areas has been an essential part of the Humboldt development process from the very beginning of the project. User requirements have been identified and integrated. In order to amplify the user involvement the project is launching an official call for participation targeted at developers and potential users of Humboldt tools and services. Please feel free to explore the following areas:

1st March 2010
EC chooses Humboldt project as representative success story

The EC Review in December 2009 was very positive for the project. On this basis the Commission has selected the HUMBODLT project as a success story that will receive special attention in EC journals, events and communications.

9th February 2010
Humboldt Framework for Data Harmonisation

New releases of the Humboldt framework tools and services have been published.

The main novelty is the Workflow Design and Construction Service (WDCS) component. It enables users to register and compose geoprocessing functionality into service chains. These service chains can either be encapsulated as OGC WPS or directly implemented on the platform on which the Humboldt Mediator Service is deployed. Furthermore, it provides the functionality to support automated harmonisation.

Since the first public release of Humboldt tools and services there has been an active interest by developers with various backgrounds. Numerous bug reports, feature requests, and further suggestions and contributions have been conceived. Developers and users with an interest in data harmonisation are invited at any time to further test the design and expandability of the framework. The components as well as full specifications are available for free download on the Community Website, which also provides a forum, wiki and issue tracker.

1st February 2010
Humboldt Training Platform

The Humboldt Training Platform and courses are available for free registration. It embraces different course levels targeted at users with different backgrounds and previous knowledge. Beside an optional entrance test on GIS theory and technical issues there are Level 1 courses on GMES, web services, metadata, concepts and standards as well as on data harmonisation in general. Level 2 courses embrace the Humboldt framework components and data harmonisation in Humboldt.

Please feel free to register, review and test the available courses and the platform itself. Any kind of constructive criticism and suggestions are highly welcome.

9th December 2009
Annual Report 2009

The Humboldt Annual Report 2009 is now available for download. The Annual Report provides an overview on the Humboldt project and reports on its major achievements in the past project year.

Download report (PDF, 4.9 MB)

4th December 2009
A Lightweight Introduction to the Humboldt Framework

The Humboldt Architecture Team gives a lightweight introduction to the Humboldt framework specification version 3. It contains a description of the concepts and components from a high-level point of view and gives pointers to the relevant specification documents of deliverable A5.2-D3. Further, it gives a detailed example of how the Humboldt components are used within one of the Humboldt scenarios (Protected Areas).

Download document (PDF, 473 kB)

16th November 2009
Edge Matching Service Milestone 4

The Edge Matching Service (EMS) Milestone 4 has been released and published in the Humboldt community web site. This service is compliant to OGC Web Processing Service 1.0.0. This is one of the processing components defined within the Humboldt Framework and it aligns edges and points of vector geometries so that they will be gapless.

More information about the EMS scope can be found here.

A packed version of the EMS can be download here.

The user documentation is available on the Humboldt Community Website.

7th October 2009
Experience Reports on AGILE Conference and GSDI11/INSPIRE Conference in June 2009

The Experience Reports of the Humboldt presentations at the AGILE Conference and at the GSDI11/INSPIRE Conference both in June 2009 are now available for download.

Download Experience Report on AGILE Conference (DOC, 115 KB)

Download Experience Report on GSDI11/INSPIRE Conference (PDF, 206 KB)

9th June 2009
GSDI11/INSPIRE Conference 2009 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Humboldt project will be represented in a workshop session at this year's INSPIRE conference at Rotterdam

9th June 2009
AGILE Conference 2009 in Hanover, Germany

The Humboldt project will be represented in a workshop session at this year's AGILE Conference at Hanover

9th June 2009
Annual Report 2008

The Humboldt Annual Report 2008 is now available for download. The Annual Report provides an overview on the Humboldt project and reports its major achievements in 2008.

Download report (PDF, 1.1 MB)

9th June 2009
Open Source Humboldt Software

Going public – Milestone 1: The technical goal of Humboldt is to support SDI enablement by providing the functionalities for covering the data hamonisation process as a whole. The developments are built on current state of the art and standards and it is possible to make use of single functionalities as part of your own infrastructure. The methodological framework of Humboldt is supported by a Harmonisation Toolkit and a Service Integration Framework. All Humboldt developments will be available as Open Source Software, released under the LGPL 3.0 license. The first set of components is now available for free download to get involved as tester or developer: http://community.esdi-humboldt.eu.

28th May 2008
Humboldt Scenario Mid-term call launched – Humboldt partners are encouraged to propose additional scenario development

An essential element of the Humboldt project is the development of scenarios in which the different Humboldt components are applied and tested under realistic conditions. These scenarios are based on applications in different environment-related use cases. The scenarios are both a test bed and a community-driven research environment, which assist in the development and promotion of the project's objectives.

Currently, the following application scenarios are being addressed by the Humboldt partnership. They are organized along the core themes defined for GMES:

  • Border Security: Enabling Effective Border Control and Security in Rural Areas
  • Urban Planning: European Urban Management Information Systems
  • Forest: Saxony & Czech Cross-Border Forest Scenario
  • Planning: Management of Protected Areas of Regional Parks
  • ERiskA: Environmental Risk
  • Water: Water Management
  • Ocean: Oil/Contaminants spill crisis impact and management
  • Galileo: GALILEO Integration for Atmospheric Data Distribution

The Midterm Scenario Call is a strategic instrument, designed especially to strengthen the scenario work through the co-operation with other existing initiatives in the project partners' environment. Provided funding aims at support collaboration and the maximization of the use of Humboldt results in different areas of application. The overall goal of the Midterm Scenario Call is to achieve a high actuality and high flexibility within the project. Successful evaluation of partners' proposals is bound to the criteria as stated in the official call, article 5.

Limited opportunity for involvement of new partners
Collaboration with EXTERNAL PARTNERS may be considered in particular cases if required by a consortium partner in order to meet the overall evaluation criteria of the call. If you are interested in collaboration, please contact Mr David Ludlow <david.ludlow@uwe.ac.uk> for any advice in terms of content and strategy.

15th May 2008
INSPIRE CONFERENCE (23.-25. June) features Humboldt workshop on Data Harmonisation

Data harmonisation, being one of the key aspects of INSPIRE, is also a core topic of the Humboldt project, which aims at developing processes and tools for data harmonisation. Humboldt partners have considerable experience in spatial data modelling, data and metadata management and have already participated in European data harmonisation projects. As one of the first steps of the Humboldt project, a comprehensive analysis of the state of the art in data harmonisation and data management was undertaken. Key questions to be discussed during the workshop include:

  • What are the main data harmonisation requirements of INSPIRE?
  • Which are the main data harmonisation issues that were identified in previous cross-border SDI projects?
  • Which approaches were taken to tackle these issues (e.g. data harmonisation processes, creation of common data models, methods and languages for the specification of mapping rules, tools for mapping source models to target models?)
  • Can best practices be identified in the above mentioned areas?

Further info on speakers and presenters will follow soon. For this year's conference full programme, please refer to the official event website.