HUMBOLDT Open Day: Geospatial Data Harmonisation in Action


Demonstration of the feasibility and advantages of Spatial Data Infrastructures based on software tools and processes for Data Harmonisation

The HUMBOLDT Open Day took take place on 28th September 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by the Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP). The programme was organised by the consortium of the HUMBOLDT project in cooperation with the VESTA-GIS project.

The four-year EU project HUMBOLDT contributes to the implementation of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates the diversity of spatial data available for a multitude of European organisations. The main goal of the HUMBOLDT project is to enable organisations to document, publish and harmonise their spatial information. The software tools and processes developed demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe as planned by the INSPIRE initiative, meeting the goals of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

Scope of the Workshop

The HUMBOLDT project has entered its final phase. Therefore, this open event was chosen as valuable platform to demonstrate the main outcomes and achievements of the project.

The Open Source Tools and Services developed in HUMBOLDT were be demonstrated in the application context of selected scenarios (e.g. applications from the area of Protected Areas, Ocean and Marine Environment, Transboundary Catchments, Atmosphere, or Flood Risk Management). In addition to these showcase presentations, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the training courses available on the HUMBOLDT training platform as well as to receive supervised hands-on experiences with the tools for data harmonisation.


The targeted participants for the HUMBOLDT Open Day were SDI Stakeholders and more generally users dealing with heterogeneous geodata. In particular the Open Day was addressed towards end users, data providers and persons concerned with data integration and harmonisation who are involved in the INSPIRE and GMES initiatives, but it will also be useful for GIS users working in any relevant application field, GIS developers or educators.


The following topics were part of the programme for the HUMBOLDT Open Day. The main focus was on the showcases demonstrated in Block 2 of the workshop.

Block 1: Introduction and Background

Block 2: Demonstrators

Block 3: Training

Outlook and Future Perspectives of HUMBOLDT

Download the Agenda as PDF (36 kB).

Workshop Organizers

Host organisation of the workshop was the Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP) of Lisbon, partner in HUMBOLDT. This Workshop was organized and supported by the HUMBOLDT project consortium in cooperation with the VESTA-GIS project.

The HUMBOLDT Open Day was co-located with a Training Conference organized by the NatureSDIplus project on Wednesday, 29th September 2010.


Instituto Geográfico Português
Rua Artilharia Um, 107
1099-052 Lisbon, Portugal

Venue Lisbon (pdf, 444 kB)
Hotels Lisbon (pdf, 167 kB)


Giorgio Saio
E-Mail: g.saio@gisig.it

Joachim Rix
E-Mail: joachim.rix@gris.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de

Maria Vale
E-Mail: mvale@igeo.pt

Rui Reis
E-Mail: rui.reis@igeo.pt

HUMBOLDT Project Office
Fraunhoferstraße 5
64283 Darmstadt
Phone: +49 6151 155 637
Fax: +49 6151 155 634
E-Mail: po@esdi-humboldt.eu

Links and references

HUMBOLDT Open Source Community
HUMBOLDT Training Platform


NATURE-SDIplus Website