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The socio-economic impact of the spatial data infrastructure of Catalonia

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

This report presents the finding of a study undertaken in 2007 by the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya on the socio-economic impact of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) of Catalonia. The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission commissioned the study and recommended the methodology. The study is based on a sample of 20 local authorities participating in the Catalan SDI, together with 3 control local authorities not participating in the SDI, and 15 end-user organisations, of which 12 are private companies operating in the Geographic Information (GI) sector, and 3 are large institutional users of GI. The study found that the total direct cost of establishing and operating the Catalan SDI (IDEC) over a five year period (2002-06) was of EUR 1.5 million, of which EUR 325,000 for each of the first two years (2002-03) necessary to launch the SDI, and EUR 283,000 per annum to operate and develop the infrastructure in the three subsequent years (2004-06). Human resources represented 76% of the costs during the launch period (the rest being capital investment), and 91% during operation. The economic benefits in terms of increased internal efficiency of local public administrations for 2006 alone exceed EUR 2.6 million per year. Therefore the study concludes that the total investment to set up the IDEC and develop it over a four year period (2002-05) is recovered in just over 6 months. Wider socio-economic benefits have also been identified but not quantified. In particular, the study indicates that web-based spatial services allow smaller local authorities to narrow the digital divide with larger ones in the provision of services to citizens and companies.

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Authors: GARCIA ALMIRALL P, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Centre of Land Policy and Valuations;MOIX BERGADÀ M, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Centre of Land Policy and Valuations;QUERALTÓ ROS P, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Centre of Land Policy and Valuations;CRAGLIA M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23300 EN (2008), 62 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23300 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23300-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08728-8
Record Number: 200910054 / Last updated on: 2008-11-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en