Software to be used for development of National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, in collaboration with AGILE, awarded the University of Zaragoza, Spain with the inaugural GeoMedia Research Grant for AGILE members, during the recent Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe's (AGILE) sixth annual Conference. The grant will enable the university, an Intergraph Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory, to develop a Web-based national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) for Spain that includes GeoMedia technology.

The award-winning project will facilitate the exploitation of key public sector information for an extensive list of applications, contributing both to economic development and environmental management of the country. A key objective of the project is to advance interoperability of the spatial data infrastructure, which usually consists of reference geographic data, metadata, and diverse Web services, allowing scientists, company professionals and the general public to more easily and quickly locate and access spatial data. The project will participate in the European Commission's (EC) INSPIRE, INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe, an initiative to create European legislation to guide national and regional spatial data infrastructure development, as well as ongoing activities of the Open GIS Consortium. Entitled, IDE-E: Advances for an INSPIRE-based National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Spain, the Feasibility of GeoMedia Software Components, the project centers on seven key activities and a three year timeline to create the infrastructure.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity, along with the resources provided by Intergraph in association with AGILE, to advance open standards while building a nationwide data infrastructure," said Pedro R. Muro-Medrano, professor and principal researcher of the IDE-E project, University of Zaragoza. "We look forward to combining GeoMedia technology with our spatial data infrastructure components to promote data access that benefits our country's economy and environment."

As the recipient of this year's annual GeoMedia Research Grant for AGILE members, the University receives $5,000 (U.S.) cash funding and a $50,000 software donation to recognize their exceptional and innovative applied research proposal.