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Maps4Society

The Dutch Technology Foundation (STW) initiated the STW Cooperation Programme Maps4Society to stimulate effective cooperation between academics and societal partners. In the context of this programme Rijkswaterstaat, Kadaster, Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and NCG (until 2013 Netherlands Geodetic Commission in the KNAW, from 2014 independent as Nederlands Centrum voor Geodesie en Geo-informatica) together with universities and companies, have developed the Maps4Society (M4S) research programme. The core of this programme is user-oriented geo-information innovation and research on smart geo-information infrastructures.

The M4S programme fits in well with the national policy on geo-information (GIDEON), which stimulates a close cooperation between the government, companies and knowledge institutions. The M4S programme will be connected with the ICT Breakthrough projects “Open (geo)data as a component for growth and innovation” (including ODIN), “Digivaardige Beroepsbevolking” [European Competence Framework] and “the Digital Delta”.
M4S aligns with the Lobby Agenda 2013-2014 for GeoBusiness Nederland (GBN), spearheaded by open innovation and the role of geo-information in the ‘topsectors’.
M4S’s goal is to innovate components of the existing national geo-information infrastructure, such as the “Nationaal Modellen en Data Centrum” (NMDC)”, the “Publieke Dienstverlening op de Kaart (PDOK)”, and the national Satellite Data Portal. This will be done in alignment with international developments, such as the EU FP7 project European Location Framework (ELF), which supports the usability of the European INSPIRE Directive and the EU FP7 project Virtual Construction for Roads (V-Con), which focuses on standardisation and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. This cooperation programme addresses several themes of the grand challenges of Europe (identified in Horizon 2020).

The programme contributes in an open innovation model to the strategic goals of the partners and will enable companies to develop new business using location-related information. It fits in the ICT Roadmap formulated in the framework of the top-tier sectors policy (topsectorenbeleid) which includes, for example, the roadmap of other top sectors e.g. Water.

Goal
In order to achieve the necessary focus, geo-information research areas are combined with application areas. Proposals can be submitted in the research areas and application areas indicated in the table below and further defined in the Maps4Society programme plan (see Appendix 1 in the Call for Proposals)

 

 

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The Dutch Technology Foundation (STW) initiated the STW Cooperation Programme Maps4Society to stimulate effective cooperation between academics and societal partners. In the context of this programme Rijkswaterstaat, Kadaster, Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and NCG (until 2013 Netherlands Geodetic Commission in the KNAW, from 2014 independent as Nederlands Centrum voor Geodesie en Geo-informatica) together with universities and companies, have developed the Maps4Society (M4S) research programme. The core of this programme is user-oriented geo-information innovation and research on smart geo-information infrastructures.
Begindatum 
17-02-2014
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