FIG Peer Review Journal


From Local SDI to E-Government - Case Study in Municipalities in the South of Hesse (5553)

Christian Hickel and Jörg Blankenbach (Germany)
Mr. Christian Hickel
Sientific staff
Institute of Geodesy
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Petersenstr. 13
Corresponding author Mr. Christian Hickel (email: hickel[at], tel.: +496151162447)

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Published on the web 2012-03-08
Received 2011-11-01 / Accepted 2012-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2012
ISBN 97887-90907-98-3 ISSN 2307-4086


The increase of E-Government solutions associated with spatial data is one of the main goals of the European Union. The citizens should get access to spatial related services provided by all administrative levels. This is a challenge especially for small municipalities as some of the main producers and owners of spatial data. The direct contact between the municipality and the citizens in conjunction with the limited capabilities in the local administrations contradicts the demands for new solutions in terms of spatial data online. The process of capacity building even in the super ordinate administrative levels has to be established first to launch the use of geospatial data online. The paper discusses the solution for a cost-efficient Local SDI structure with the aim of capacity building and technical development of SDI components. Based on a project of the federal state Hesse the cooperation between administrative bodies has been found with a high degree of financial self-sufficiency. Through the establishment of a reliable structure the project could be transferred into a permanent institution. Beyond the technical requirements the cooperation has the capabilities to analyze and annotate the INSPIRE process. The cooperation focuses on the impact of the E-Government and INSPIRE directives to the work of municipalities. Further on this text pictures the technical requirements as well as the concept and implementation of SDI by means of the service chain to discover a land-use plan as the first step to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for geospatial data in a municipality. The preceding work guides to an outlook to further possibilities for municipalities using SDI to develop user-oriented offers in planning and administrative processes. Based on the use of the latest geo standards and map viewers out of the Web 2.0 sphere user-friendly SDI-applications can be developed. A case in point is a service for citizens in the city of Wiesbaden which is under development. This example also demonstrates the potentialities in extensibility and access via mobile interfaces.
Keywords: Capacity building; Geoinformation/GI; e-Governance; Spatial planning