The world of geographic information (GI) is, at present, extremely heterogeneous. User and system requirements, too varied to be satisfied by a single system or technology, have led to an utter lack of agreement on interoperability standards, creating a barrier to realizing the full exploitation potential of GI.
In order to facilitate the use of open geospatial data, a European project, funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community, the ENERGIC OD project has deployed 5 national Virtual Hubs in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, and one regional VH for Berlin area.
During the third year of the project, a 6th instance has been deployed to create a pan-European VH acting as a gateway towards the national instances and as a collector of pan-European geographical information. The pan-European VH will be maintained and operated by the ENERGIC OD Consortium beyond the end of the project.