Survey report - Sustainable Open Data Business Models for NMCAs (2022)

This survey aims to assess the effects of open data policies on the business models of NMCAs and which changes have been made to cope with revenue losses due to open data supply.
survey, open data, business models, NMCA

Switching to an open data policy may pose a challenge to the business model of National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs), especially if they are required to generate revenues to cover a substantial part of their operating costs. EuroSDR and TU Delft led in 2017 a research on this topic: Adapting National Mapping & Cadastral Agencies business models to open data supply: the survey results by F.M. Welle Donker, J. Crompvoets and B. van Loenen (EuroSDR’s Official publication n° 67 – 2017).

In 2019, an important milestone was the publication of the Directive (EU) 2019/1024 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 June 2019 on open data and the re-use of public sector information. This directive provides (article 14) that publications and re-use of specific high-value datasets such as geospatial or earth observation and environment (annex 1) shall be free of charge from mid-2023 onwards. Therefore, EuroSDR decided to lead a follow-up, as a repetition of the 2017’s action, this time in association with EuroGeographics. This follow-up had two parts once again: a survey and a workshop.