#territorialdata: database development and territorial monitoring

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Tue 13, October 2020
11:30 - 12:00 CET
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The #territorialdata initiative concentrate on how data can help you to understand any type of territory. The initiative focus mainly on dynamic tools, maps and data visualisation. This year, the 3rd edition thematic is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

From Lisboa “European Green Capital 2020” until DG DEFIS - EU Space programme, fifteen organisations on four different sessions will present you their work on the domain. Do not miss any of the sessions:


In this session, we will address the database development and territorial monitoring.


Monitoring of instruments for spatial planning and territorial information in Galicia. The presentation will show our experience in the development of the monitoring system for spatial planning instruments (website) and the territorial information system of Galicia (website) with the main projects developed in terms of sectorial territorial information (regional basic urban plan, galician urban planing information system, geographic viewer of natural heritage information and others). Projects in which we are working with the key to coordinate relevant territory information for its use and making it available.

Xunta de Galicia - Instituto de estudos do territorio (@iet_xunta)


The Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies (KCTP) is an initiative of the European Commission fostering evidence-based policy making at EU, national and local level.  The KCTP aims to be the point of reference for Commission services, Member States and local authorities on territorial and regional knowledge and data. It allows for analytical and networking activities, accompanied by a repository of relevant research and new initiatives.

European Commission - Joint Research Centre – Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies (@EU_ScienceHub)


The Role of Data in Responding to Urban Issues: UN-Habitat’s Engagements on Harmonizing Data Frameworks, Capacity Development, and Linking Data to Policy. The presentation will give an overview of UN-Habitat’s mandate, its engagements with countries and partners in the development of the Urban Indicator Database, and its role in creating globally harmonized frameworks for urban indicators monitoring.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (@UNHABITAT)



The European Network for Cross-Border Monitoring, founded in 2018, brings statistics users and providers together around a common goal: improving the availability and accessibility of cross-border data. The presentation will highlight current activities of the network and its members, and present initiatives towards a unified cross-border territorial monitoring.

European Cross-Border Monitoring Network /  German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) (@bbsr_bund)

Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Claire Duvernet, Project manager, European Cross-Border Monitoring Network / German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Germany.
Alfredo Fernandez Rios, Technical Director, Xunta de Galicia - Instituto de Estudos do Territorio, Spain.
Daniel Githira, Spatial Data Analyst, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), Kenya.
Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Ine Vandecasteele, Project Officer, European Commission - Joint Research Center, Italy.
EURegions talk
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Commission, Network cross-border data, United Nations, Xunta de Galicia
English (EN)

Session summary

Land planning instruments of Galicia have tools to monitor the fulfilment of their objectives and to evaluate all their possible effects on the environment (environmental efficiency and social coherence). The monitoring indicators for land planning instruments of Galicia are available and easy to consult and we are working on making it even easier. The spatial data infrastructure and the geographic information system are essential to make available a large amount of relevant information for the sustainable planning and management of the territory in Galicia and to modernise and speed up administrative procedures. At the same time SDI and GIS are key elements of transparency and good governance by providing information to citizens in different formats and modes of use. (@iet_xunta)

The Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies (KCTP), managed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), is one of the 10 Knowledge Centres started under the Knowledge4Policy initiative. The KCTP combines a wide territorial knowledge base with analytical and modelling capacity, a Community of Practice on Cities, field studies, and dissemination through web platforms. It aims to strengthen the knowledge that already exists in the JRC on territorial policies, and integrates several relevant on-going and new JRC initiatives. One of which is the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, benchmarking 190 European cities, and its recent spinoff, the Cultural Gems app.




The presentation from the Data and Analytics Section of the UN-Habitat discussed the importance of data in responding to urban issues. Being the focal point for sustainable urbanization data within the Sustainable Development Goals, the agency supports cities, countries, regions and territories in linking data to actions, particularly on methodological development and testing, integration of emerging data production tools and products, data sharing and dissemination, reporting, and promotion of data driven decision making processes. The agency’s Urban Indicator Database brings together huge volumes of global urbanization data to a dynamic platform that allows comparisons of data by regions, indicators and themes as well as visualization of data on maps and dashboards. The presentation highlighted numerous achievements made possible through working with partners, including those involved in advancement of spatial data technologies. Among the priorities of the data unit underlined by the presentation is the development of tailor-made solutions to understand and measure urban development trajectories and conditions, including providing evidence to enable cities make informed decision-making.   (@UNHABITAT)

Territorial monitoring is essential to enhance the potential of border areas. Existing monitoring activities are severely constrained by the absence of adequate statistics for border regions. In 2018 the European Cross-Border Monitoring Network was founded. The network aims to foster the development of and access to cross-border data by organising coordination among the relevant actors and exchange good practices. It consists of institutes that provide cross-border information and statistical institutes. We are looking for institutes providing or working with cross-border data to join us. (European Cross-Border Monitoring Network /  German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) (@bbsr_bund))

Take away message

Geographic information easily usable and available for consultation and use by technicians and citizens. (@iet_xunta)

Emerging data technologies presents huge opportunities in understanding performance of regions; currently, the efforts required to generated and apply data in decision making is significantly lesser than several years ago.  (@UNHABITAT)

Only with strong collaboration between data users and producers we can develop cross-border statistics. (European Cross-Border Monitoring Network /  German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) (@bbsr_bund))


“Cities will be instrumental in defining the success of the SDGs; with urban data continually improving in quality, decision makers can now make better informed decisions for countries, regions and territories.” (Daniel Githira, @UNHABITAT)

“Please assist us to develop better data for border regions” European Cross-Border Monitoring Network /  German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) (Claire Duvernet, @bbsr_bund))

“Relevant, official and available geographic information is essential for the planning, management and monitoring of the territory” (Alfredo Fernandez Rios, @iet_xunta)

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  • Posted by: Marie Feunteun-Schmidt
    On: 13/10/2020 - 10:48am

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      On: 13/10/2020 - 11:21am

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