EUROGI - THE EUROPEAN UMBRELLA ORGANISATION FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Mission EUROGI, the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information, has as its main mission to promote the widespread and effective use of geographic information and technologies across Europe. Membership EUROGI is a non-profit organisation with membership from 16 different countries in Europe. Most of the members are National Geographic Information Associations (NGIAs) which themselves have members (members’s members in EUROGI parlance). Through its NGIAs EUROGI has a network which contains many thousands of organisations or persons who are involved in or interested in geospatial issues. EUROGI also has private sector members which are mainly companies which are involved in different aspects of the geospatial sector. Some of these companies themselves have offices across many European countries. Portfolio Groups EUROGI operates on the basis of a portfolio group arrangement whereby there are seven groups, namely: policy, projects, education and capacity building, membership, European Union liaison, liaison with pan-European organisations in the broadly defined geospatial ‘space’, and communications. All the members and members’s members are able to join the Portfolio Group of their choice. As an example of Group activities it is appropriate to mention the work being done by the Policy Group where the production of position papers on three topics are currently the focus of attention, namely ‘Beyond Spatial Data Infrastructures’, ‘Women in GI’, and ‘Harmonised Authoritative geospatial data across Europe’. This Portfolio Group also is the basis for producing submissions to the European Union in response to calls for comment. It has for example produced submissions on the draft Governance Act and on Data Sharing in the EU: Common European Data Spaces. Management and Operations The General Board is the final decision-making body in EUROGI and it meets twice annually. The Executive Committee meets every month and its meetings are open to all members. A Management Board comprising the President, Vice President, Treasurer and a representative of the Secretariat meet on a weekly basis to deal with more operational issues. The Secretariat comprises two persons working on a part-time basis. Benefits of being a Member EUROGI identifies six main benefits for organisations to become a member. (1) Networking: the extensive network provides excellent opportunities for members to make new contacts across Europe. (2) Policy making: members can suggest new topics on which EUROGI should establish policy positions and can participate in preparing policies and in promoting them with the European Union and other bodies. (3) Projects: EUROGI becomes involved in EU funded projects and this provides an opportunity for its members to become involved. (4) Showcase: Through its outreach activities EUROGI members have an opportunity to raise awareness of the good / best practice taking place in their country or being undertaken by their company. They also have opportunities to hold webinars / workshops and to present at conferences. (5) Expressing own issues / concerns: Members have many opportunities to raise issues of concern or interest, mainly at General Board and Executive Committee meetings and through Portfolio Groups, but also through informal discussions between members and members’ members themselves. (6) Supporting the GI sector: By supporting a Europe-wide body which focusses on geospatial matters provides an excellent basis for providing a basic support for the sector to the benefit of all stakeholders in the sector, themselves included. More Information For more information contact our Secretariat at email@example.com or on +32 2 219 6281. Visit the EUROGI website at www.eurog.org or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIN or Facebook through the links shown elsewhere in the booth.