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					                                         SURVEY


                               Your spatial data clearinghouse



Name of your clearinghouse (when relevant): ____________________________________



1. Which of the following best describes your job role in the clearinghouse? ( one box
   only)
    Clearinghouse (political) coordinator
    Webmaster/system administrator
    Project (Technical) manager
    Data provider (Clearinghouse participant)
      Other (please specify_______________________________________)


2. On which scale is your clearinghouse mainly operating? ( one box only)
    Worldwide
      Continental, please specify area, __________________________________
      International, please specify area, _____________ , ______________ , _____________
      National (Federal), please specify area, ___________________________________
      Interstate, please specify area, ______________ , _______________ , _____________
                      State, please specify area, ________________
      County, please specify area, ______________________________________
      Local, please specify area, ______________________________________



3.    What is the number of datasets described in your clearinghouse? ( one box only)
      < 25
      25 – 100
      100 – 500
      500 – 2000
      2000 – 10.000
      > 10.000
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4. Which types of spatial data sets are included in your clearinghouse? (please  all the
   relevant boxes)

    Administrative boundaries                         Location of facilities
    Topography                                        Protected areas
    Land use plans/area regulations                   Transport networks
    Cadastral, land ownership                        Technological risk vulnerability zone
    Real estate price register/ land valuation        Hydrography, e.g. rivers, lakes
    Standard European grids                           Geology
    Geodetic reference data                           Soil
    Geographical names                                Ortho-images incl. satellite images
    Groundwater bodies                                Management and reporting units
    River catchments                                  Satellite multipurpose data
    Elevation and bathymetry, including coastline     Ecological regions
    Land cover, including settlements                 Locations of utilities
    Local contaminated sites                          Economic data
    Natural risk vulnerability zone                   Demographic data
    Other (please specify_____________________)



5. What is your average monthly number of visitors using your clearinghouse for
   accessing spatial datasets? ( one box only)
    < 100
    100 – 500
    500 – 2000
    2000 – 10.000
    10.000 – 50.000
    > 50.000


6. Which metadata standards do you use? (please  all the relevant boxes)
    ISO19115
       if 19115, have you created a local profile?            Yes                 No
    FGDC (Content Standard for GeoSpatial Metadata)
    CEN TC/287 (ENv 12657)
    National standards
    Others (please specify__________________)
7. Who are the users of your clearinghouse? (please  all the relevant boxes)
Governments & Administrations       International   National  State  Local
Critical infrastructure providers    Transport         Health  Emergency service
                                     Tourism           Utilities (water, gas, telecom)
Research and development             Universities     Public and Private institutes
                                       Application Developers for IT systems
Commercial & Professional            Tourism              Surveyors         Value       Added
Resellers
End Users                            Property Developers        Insurance
     Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and not-for-profit organisations
     Citizens
     Other (please specify_______________________)



8. How frequent is the website of your clearinghouse updated? ( one box only)
    < 1 day
    1 – 5 days
    5 – 20 days
    20 – 100 days
    > 100 days



9. Who are the spatial data suppliers within the clearinghouse? (please  all the relevant
   boxes)
    Environmental protection agencies
    Mapping agencies
    Geological surveys
    Maritime administrations
    Cadastral agencies
    Land registrations
    Other land administration organisations
    Local authorities
    Utilities
    Private data producers
    Other (please specify_______________________________________)
                                                                                  ANNEX 8




10. What type of search mechanism do you use? ( all the relevant boxes)
     Hyper text links (search by predefined search terms)
    Spatial search (search by location)
    Index Maps (search by maps with predefined boundaries)
    Keyword search (search by free keyword search)
    Gazetteer (search by place name)
    Temporal (search by production date)
    Other (please specify_______________________________)



11. What language(s) do you use within your search mechanism? (Write down all the
    languages you use here, please)

   1) ____________________________

   2) ____________________________

   3) ____________________________



12. For which services is your clearinghouse used? (please  all the relevant boxes)
     Publish metadata and data
     Find geographic information
     Context-related viewing of geographic information
     Delivery of geographic information
     Analyse geographic data
     Support multi-lingual queries and viewing of results
     Support e-business for value-adding products and services
    Other (please specify_______________________________________)



13. From which source does your clearinghouse get basic funding? ( one box only)
     International government
     National government
     State government
     Agency budget
     Regional governmental budget
     International grant/projects
     Private sector donations
     Not relevant (no basic funding)
ANNEX 17




14. Does the clearinghouse have a stable annual budget?
     Yes
         How much is the yearly budget? (please specify _________________________)
    No, it is funded piecemeal from various sources and subprojects
    No, other reason (please specify ____________________________)



15. What are the main benefits of your clearinghouse? (please go through the list and 
    maximum of 4 boxes, which are considered as the most important ones)
     Improved access to spatial data
     Better quality of spatial data
     Better-informed decision-making
     Improved awareness of spatial data
     Less duplication of spatial data
     Automate existing methods of analysis
     Less fragmentation of spatial data
     Facilitate new forms of analysis
     Better use of available data
     Improved data sharing and distribution
     Cost savings
     Improved communication of information via maps
     More consistency of spatial data
    Other (please specify_______________________________)



16. What are the main drawbacks of your clearinghouse? (15 potential drawbacks are
   listed. Please, go through the list and  maximum of 4 boxes, which are the most important
   ones for your clearinghouse)

    Problems with data pricing
    Issues with data protection
    Liability problems
    Integrity, quality issues
    Commercialisation of data
    Lack of specialised data managers
    Data standardisation
    Data compatibility
    Data consistency
    No Harmonised Reference systems
    Institutional problems
    Lack of geo-portal standardisation
    Inadequate Internet bandwidth
    Lack of resilience and reliability
    Extensibility problems
    Other (please specify_______________________________)
                                                                                   ANNEX 17




17. Statements about your geo-portal
Please, read each statement and then  one answer of each line to show how strongly
you agree or disagree with it.

                                               Strongly   Agree   Neither   Disagree      Strongly
                                                Agree                                  Disagree
Your clearinghouse started by the enthusiasm                                        
of a few individuals

Your clearinghouse has increased the use                                            
of spatial data and services

Your clearinghouse is underused by many                                             
organisations

Your clearinghouse has changed the way                                              
spatial data is used

Training is essential for a good use of the                                         
clearinghouse

Use of your clearinghouse has lead to a more                                        
coherent (environmental) policy

Your clearinghouse has improved the                                                 
market transparency

Implementation + maintenance of your                                                
clearinghouse is economic beneficial

The clearinghouse reduces duplication                                               
of spatial data

Your clearinghouse suffers from                                                     
incompleteness of spatial data

Your clearinghouse gives access to high quality                                     
of (meta) data

Your clearinghouse has improved awareness                                           
of spatial data

Your clearinghouse has strengthen the cohesion                                      
between citizens (within state, country or regional
region)

Many institutional barriers exist, which can                                        
seriously impede further use and development
of the clearinghouse
ANNEX 17




18. Who has been involved in the decision to develop your clearinghouse? (please  all the
    relevant boxes)
     International / cross-boundary government
     National government
     State government
     Local government
     Utility and public services
     Universities
     Public and private institutions
     Commercial & Professional users
    Data suppliers (please specify__________________________)
    Other (please specify__________________)



19. Which of the following have occurred since initial implementation (please  all the
    relevant boxes)
      Increased use of spatial data
      Increased supply of spatial data
      A wider range of users
      More applications developed
     The clearinghouse is only occasionally used
     The clearinghouse is no longer in use
    Other (please specify_________________________________)


20. What factors have impeded the development of your clearinghouses? (please  all the
    relevant boxes)
     Costs and funding
     Technical problems
     Organisational/institutional problems
     Legislative problems
     Difficulties persuading data suppliers and users of the benefits
                                                                                ANNEX 17




21. Which of the following do you feel are likely to take place within the next 5 years? (
    maximum of 5 boxes)
     Increased use of spatial data
     Demand for other types of data
     Change of metadata standards
     More databases
     New services based on the current data sets
     New expertise needed
     Extensibility problems
     More international exchange of data
     Increasing quality of data
     Decreasing quality of data
     More need for specific data
     Increased use by governments for policy-making
     Increased use for monitoring environmental policy
     The clearinghouse will only be occasionally used
     The clearinghouse will no longer exist
     The clearinghouse will provide more services
     Easier accessibility of the spatial data itself
    Other (please specify ___________________________)




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             Thank you very much for your time in completing this survey.
Please, remember that the deadline for response is Wednesday March 31, 2004!!

				
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