Geonovum is the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) executive committee in the Netherlands. The organisation is founded in spring 2007 and devotes itself to providing better access to geo-information in the public sector. Geonovum developes and manages the geo-standards necessary to implement this goal.
The foundation of Geonovum marked an important step to improve coordination of public sector geographic data in the Netherlands. Geonovum's strength is that it discusses, coordinates and monitors arrangements between public stakeholders concerned with regard to how activities are to be carried out and completed.
Geonovum is a flexible organisation and consists of a group of employees, an independent board of directors and an advisory board. The activities of Geonovum are subsidised by the Ministries of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the land registry (Kadaster) and the Geological Service Netherlands at TNO.
Goals and tasks
The main goals of Geonovum are:
- to develop and standardise the geo-information infrastructure while also being innovative.
- to build up and disseminate knowledge in the area of geo-information infrastructure.
- to make the geo-information infrastructure more accessible and of better use to administrative bodies, institutions and departments in the Netherlands and the European Union.
In order to attain its goals Geonovum has set itself the following tasks:
- to develop high-quality and widely applicable standards (in line with FAIR principles)
- to make public geo-information easily accessible in the Netherlands
- to be a think tank in the domain of geo-information
- to be the 'voice of geo-information' that provides the minister of Interior and the Council for Geo-information with professional advice and relevant knowledge.