Workshop on Sustainable Business Models for NMCAs

8 - 9 February 2024 (KU Leuven, Dekenstraat 2, 3000 Leuven, Belgium)

Update: This joint workshop has passed.  you can find the presentations linked below.

Date: 8th and 9th February

Location: Leuven, Belgium

National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs) have an important role, providing geospatial data that are the backbone of social, economic and environmental services of the countries and territories they serve. All geospatial agencies are facing increasing challenges: limited resources, financial constraints, rapid technological advancements and legislative/national obligations, and competition from challengers from alternative providers of tools and services.

For EU NMCAs’ players, the European Commission implementing regulation 2023/138 laying down a list of specific high-value datasets and the arrangements for their publication and re-use published (1) in January 2023, has officially ratified the fact that NMCAs are enforced to provide geospatial data as open data no later than June 2026 (June 2024 officially but with an extra two years possible reprieve). This is at a cost to the National Government. “Open Data is here to stay, more than ever but not without sustainable (co)fundings” was one the main shared observations from the survey and the workshop on Sustainable Open Data Business Models for NMCAs led jointly by EuroSDR and EuroGeographics in 2021. One of the three further actions identified was to take a step back by studying NMCAs business models in general (cf. report (2) by Frédéric Cantat, Joep Crompvoets, Carol Agius and Angela Baker – EuroSDR’s Official publication – 2022).

Thursday 8 February
10:00 – 17:00 (CET)
10:00OpeningSallie Payne Snell, EuroGeographics & Joep Crompvoets, EuroSDR
10:15Keynote business modelsJeop Crompvoets, EuroSDR
11:00Recap from previous workshopsFrédéric Cantat, EuroSDR/NGI France
11:30From grant-aided geodata producer to major contributor to geocommons: how IGN-France’s business and funding model is evolving with the introduction of open dataClément Godin, NGI France
12:00Lunch Break

Sustainable business models for geospatial data under financial stress

Sustainable business models


Bert Beentjes and Richard Witmer, Kadaster Netherlands
 Business Models for Open Basic Data in DenmarkPeter Knudsen, Agency for Data Supply and Infrastructure, Denmark
- based on a strong cooperation across the public sector and with the private sector
 Investigating the benefits of a pan-European cadastral data strategyHara Papadaki, Hellenic Cadastre
15:00Coffee break 
15:30Panel Discussion – Business Models for Sustainable NMCAsFacilitator: Joep Crompvoets, EuroSDR
EuroSDR & Speakers
16:30Questions from the floor 
17:00End of day 1 
Friday 9 February
9:25 – 13:00 (CET)
09:25Welcome day 2Joep Crompvoets, EuroSDR
09:30Keynote business modelsFrédéric Cantat, IGN France/EuroSDR
10:00Collaborative data collection enabling evidence-based decision making and innovationJani Kylmäaho, National Land Survey of Finland
10:30The paradigm shift of open data and the challenge of sustainable funding for open data producersIngrid Vanden Berghe, NGI Belgium
11:00Coffee break 
11:30Breakout session 2Facilitator:
How can business models help NMCAs face increasing challenges?Joep Crompvoets, EuroSDR & Frédéric Cantat, IGN France/EuroSDR
12:30Reporting back from breakouts 
13:00Conclusion and closeJoep Crompvoets, EuroSDR & Frédéric Cantat, IGN France/EuroSDR