#territorialdata: Maps and visualisations

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Wed 14, 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 maps and data visualisations.


URBAN mapping platform: Live demo of BruGIS, Urban Geographical Information System Brussels.

This mapping of the entire Brussels-Capital Region is a constantly updated spatial planning management tool. BruGIS, a service of urban.brussels, presents all the most recent urban planning data available in the Brussels Region and is a valuable source of information for professionals and Brussels residents alike.

Brussels-Capital Region (@BrusselsUrban)


Mapping new indicators on Europe’s territorial diversity. The presentation will highlight some recent analysis projects and publications, creating and visualising indicators on Europe’s regions and territories. Interactive maps and graphs will illustrate the territorial diversity in the areas of sustainable urban mobility, road and rail transport performance.

DG Regional and Urban Policy – Policy Development and Economic analysis – REGIO-GIS (@EUinmyRegion)


Data from farm to table: an overview of the World Bank Development Data Group and its role in improving the quality, accessibility and use of development data through innovation, technical expertise and effective partnerships.

World Bank (@WorldBank)


The presentation will include the presentation of the space programme in overall and in particular the Copernicus programme. How the satellites and the Copernicus services can support regions and cities. A few examples will be given targeting as much as possible insights of the green deal implementation. The use of Copernicus for SDGs will be illustrated. Presentation of Copernicus data access services will be also done to showcase how regions and cities can access to Copernicus data.

Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) - Copernicus programme (@CopernicusEU)

Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Fabienne Jacq, Policy officer, European Commission - Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) - Copernicus programme, Belgium.
Rochelle O’Hagan, Data Scientist, World Bank, United States.
Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Hugo Poelman, Senior Assistant, DG Regional and Urban Policy – Policy Development and Economic analysis – REGIO-GIS, Belgium.
Grégoire VANDENSCHRICK, GIS expert, Brussels Capital Region - urban.brussels, BruGIS, Belgium.
EURegions talk
Cohesion and Cooperation
Brussels-Capital Region, European Commission, European Commission - DG DEFIS, World Bank
English (EN)

Session summary

Maps and visualisation are an essential part of the analytical work done within DG REGIO. The presentation briefly showcased results from various recent publications. Working papers discuss the development of territorial indicators, present their results and provide access to the geospatial data. (@EUinmyRegion)


On the Commission side, it was really interesting to learn more about territorial usage and needs. Best preserving and using our EU territory is a priority in these times of climate change and necessary adaptation to the possible consequences. This is one priority of the new Commission's Green Deal.

Copernicus is a space programme that could initially be considered to be quite far from territorial challenges. However, observing Earth is our day-to-day job, particularly to help gain a broad overview of how the territory as a whole is developing. We seek to understand, plan, monitor and detect unforeseen changes, and detect positive impacts of our changing habits, so as to implement EU policies at local level.

We still need specialists on the ground to help administrations, farmers and environmental agencies. But space does enable you to see the whole picture from a distance. Knowing what is needed, meeting people with clear ideas, and identifying challenges is a must for the programme to better steer and design fit-for-purpose space services.


Take away message

Exchanging experiences and showcasing good practices is important to keep pace with the quickly changing opportunities of data analysis, mapping and visualisation. (@EUinmyRegion)


Copernicus and space-based services go beyond what we could have imagined. We are creating new ideas for territory management and conservation. Meeting the community will help Copernicus services to adapt and create these new visions of the Earth (@CopernicusEU)


"It is encouraging to note good progress in providing open access to data, maps and visualisations, by actors working at local, regional and global level." (Hugo Poelman, @EUinmyRegion)

"Always good to reach the ground and listen to real needs, day-to-day challenges, even when flying satellites and running space-based services, to make "space useful"." (Fabienne Jacq, @CopernicusEU)

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