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Establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructure within the Environmental Sector in Slovak Republic

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Masaryk University Brno


Life quality improvement depends as on our willingness for development as on accessibility of relevant and high quality information influencing on our decisions. Spatial information can play a special role in this improvement process because it allows information to be integrated from a variety of disciplines for a various usage. Within the environmental sector of Slovakia we can recognise high demand for usage and access dissemination of spatial information. On the other hand we are still facing to problems connected with incompatibility, low accessibility, spatial data gaps, duplicity collection, insufficient access to metadata, varying standards and low level of mutual coordination. Fortunately things are getting better and establishment of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) defined by INSPIRE can bring solutions for this kind of problems. Therefore the team of the Department of Informatics at the Slovak Environmental Agency (SEA) with mutual co-operation of GIS specialist from the other governmental institutions under the Ministry of the environment (MoE) of the Slovak Republic (as Geological Survey of Slovak Republic, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Slovak Water Management Enterprise, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Water Research Institute and Slovak Caves Administration, The Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology) decided to develop distributed geographically oriented system which brings a new approach to collection, administration, dissemination and publishing of spatial information. Old way of complicated mutual exchange among heterogeneous environments and platforms and difficult access for various users is going to be replaced by new approach based on principles of interoperability, standardisation, and dissemination.


Tuchyna, Martin (2005): Establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructure within the Environmental Sector in Slovak Republic. Informatics for Environmental Protection - Networking Environmental Information. Brno: Masaryk University Brno. Geographical information systems and their applications. Brno. 2005