Denmark releases its digital raw material
Meeting with The Danish National Survey and Cadaster 11
The Danish National Survey and Cadaster, KMS, is the Danish national
authority for Spatial Data Infrastructure, surveying, mapping, and
cadastral and chartered surveyor administration. When FIG President
CheeHai Teo was in Denmark, September 2012, he met with
Deputy Managing Director Søren Reeberg Nielsen and Manager Søren Faurholm Christensen, KMS. During the meeting, the entire
KMS organisation was called together to celebrate the settlement of
an agreement between the Local Government Denmark and the Danish
Government, initiated by KMS. This agreement improves and links
public registers of basic data and makes data available to the
private sector. The news was published on 8 October 2012.
President Teo visits Soren Reeberg (right) and Soren Fauerholm
Christensen (left) at KMS Denmark
Once the public authorities have tidied up, merged all data and stopped
parallel registration, annual savings in administration is estimated to
amount to DKK 260 mio (35 Mio EUR) in 2020. Basic data includes private
addresses, companies' business registration numbers, or the cadastral
numbers of real properties. That is, data which is used again and again,
across the entire public sector, to collect land tax, pay social benefits,
or prevent flooding. Businesses too can look forward to large savings when
they no longer have to buy their basic data from the public authorities.
This gives new opportunities for innovation and growth, for example in the
real estate sector, insurance sector and in the telecommunications sector.
Smaller companies will also be able to test new ideas without first having
to invest huge sums in the data required to create their product.
The European Commission has been monitoring the work on basic data in
Denmark closely and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission
has much praise for the lead taken by Denmark: “Denmark is setting the pace
by unlocking a treasure trove of information. The release of so much of its
core datasets used on a regular basis by both public administrations and
private business is fantastic,” says Neelie Kroes.
Especially Soren Fauerholm Christensen has been deeply involved in the
development of this project.
After this highly interesting interruption of the meeting, President Teo,
Søren Reeberg Nielsen and Soren Fauerholm Christensen continued their
meeting and discussed among other things the cooperation between KMS and FIG
in securing the future development of the profession. Furthermore it was
discussed how KMS can contribute to the fruitful cooperation between FIG and
UN on improvements on Land Information system of the developing countries,
and the STDM model.
30 October 2012