Cooperation with the Serbian Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA) on the development of the Web shop strategy

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In the end of June 2017 the first workshop intended for the defining of the basic parameters for the development of the Web shop strategy took place in the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA). The cooperation of RGA and the GIZ/AMBERO project is being carried out within the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in the beginning of 2017.

The Republic Geodetic Authority has the vision to offer a considerable part of their products to a wide range of users with an easy access over the interet. A large number of spatial data and services is suppose to be on offer, e.g.: digital cadastre data in numeric and graphic form, address registry, digital orthophoto, digital terrain models, digital maps, GIS, data from a permanent GPS station, some of the data from the National Geodata Infrastructure (NGDI), online transformations in different coordinate systems  and other products.

Although the set task seems to be easy, an in-depth analysis leads to the conclusions that it is necessary to take into account a large number of details such as: the compliancy with the INSPIRE Directive, the timeliness of the data which are being collected by the RGA from the regional centres and local offices countrywide (cadastre data), the access to different types of data and the proper user licencing, the precise classification of all the possible data users, the form of payment conform with all the provisions on the state bodies business methods, and other issues.

Selling data over the internet has already been established in the RGA, but the extent of the products in offer is very limited and the form of payment is not efficient enough for the user. Earlier, a web shop system which was implemented within the Serbian and French cooperation has been experimentally used, but the contract on the system maintenance has not been made, so that its functionality is limited and does not keep up with the development of information technologies.

The workshop was led by the German expert Mr. Jürgen Vahlhaus in the name of the GIZ/AMBERO project.

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