Working Group Data Integration kicks off new work plan

The UN-GGIM: Europe Work Group on Data Integration met in Frankfurt/Main at the premises of Germany’s Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) on 30-31 October 2019 to define the new work plan for the period 2019-2022.

30 participants from 20 European Member States and the European Commission agreed to focus on three main tasks for the next few years. These include the analysis of further SDG indicators, probably with focus on environmental issues, and the collection of “Data Integration Methods” to enhance and promote data integration in general. The working group will also further define its role as an Advisory Group to serve data integration activities and projects of the United Nations and the European Commission.

Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu, from BKG Germany who leads the group: “The working group is a motivated network of experts from Europe’s statistical and geospatial agencies and other organisations drawing attention to how the integration of different data help policy makers make evidence-based decisions.”

“We are excited to be embarking on the new tasks and work laid out for us by the members of UN-GGIM: Europe at the last plenary meeting in June. Our focus so far has been showing the value of integrating statistical and geospatial information to help meet the sustainable development goals. Our plan is to continue with an increased focus on environmental issues.”

The outputs and deliverables of the Working Group Data Integration can be found on the UN-GGIM: Europe website.