Welcome to the second issue of the smeSpire project newsletter


A European Community of SMEs driven by SMEs


smeSpire ( is an FP7 Support Action aiming to turn the challenges of the INSPIRE European Directive implementation into business opportunities for the “Geo-ICT” European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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smeSpire videoWe've just released a new video: Concrete steps towards business opportunities for Geo-ICT SMES.

The video offers a quick overview on the most important issues and challenges that geo-ICT SMEs are currently facing: Digital Agenda for Europe, Linked and Open Data, Data Interoperability, Data re-use, INSPIRE, Standards and  more.

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smeSpire NetworksmeSpire is a geo-ICT SMEs Network open to any interested stakeholder. To join our Network, you are kindly invited to participate in a survey. The survey aims to collect information related to the knowledge and skills within SMEs, like your company, relating to Geo-ICT, INSPIRE Directive and the impacts in your organization.
This is a great opportunity to promote your business, advertise your skills and get in touch with other realities similar to yours, in order to enlarge your market throughout the European Union.

Upcoming events you should know about

The INSPIRE Conference 2013 

The aim of the INSPIRE Conference is to exchange views and experiences on how INSPIRE is meeting past and emerging challenges and needs. To identify new opportunities and to finally, reflect collectively on how INSPIRE can further evolve to maximise its benefits for society. 
The INSPIRE Conference 2013 will take place from Sunday 23rd - Thursday 27th June 2013 in Florence, Italy. More information

Geospatial World Forum 2013 

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organizing a one-day Dialogue Session “Leveraging the SMEs’ strength for INSPIRE” at the 2013 Geospatial World Forum.
The objective of the Dialogue Session is to share the experiences of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing innovative solutions based on INSPIRE and Open Data policies, and make recommendations on how to exploit the opportunities further.
JRC is looking for high-quality examples of SMEs to explore the extent to which INSPIRE and related policies increasing access to environmental and PSI are offering opportunities to SMEs to innovate, create new services, growth, and jobs.
Geospatial World Forum 2013 will take place on 13-16 May 2013 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. More information.


The Convention Centre Dublin has been chosen to host a series of global and European level conferences on geographic digital information. Running from 4-8 March 2013 the conferences will look at how digital information, and geographic information in particular, can be used to address environmental, economic development and governance issues. 
The conference will also focus on the innovation opportunities and potentialities for SMEs and stakeholders in the area of environmental and geospatial information, services, and applications. 
  • First Eye on Earth User Conference (4-6 March) 
  • ENVIROFI Day Conference (6 March) 
  • EUROGI imagine Conference (7-8 March) 
The 2013 DUBLIN CONFERENCES will take place on 4-8 March, 20132 in Dublin, Ireland. More information.

Powered by INSPIRE 

Powered by the European INSPIRE directive, spatial data under 34 environmental themes are made available for re-use. How can governments, companies and citizens benefit from this? What does it take to taste it's full potential?
Powered by INSPIRE will take place on March 4 and 5 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. More information.

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