isolated applications of cities and local authorities

Naturally many larger cities and local authorities in Europe use geographical data to control administration and planning as well as to stay in contact with citizens and visitors. On the other hand rural communes often do not have the potential to develop and realize own GIS solutions. From that a heterogeneous situation results which does not allow a widespread offer of information because of the different incompatible techniques. The situation is restricted to not cooperating isolated presentations. The releases adjoin thematical, political, regulatory, geographical and last but not least linguistic borders.

The segmented information is only combined and linked within one theme what constructs networks for defined groups that are limited to special interests e.g. golf players, investors or people that interest in medieval times. Or different contents are linked with each other within small geographical areas. They often do not refer to offerings of the ‘neighbour’, e.g. information on one city, one region or a random defined area.

Presentation of larger geographical or thematical spaces limit their contents often to highlights. On the one hand it cannot include the existing local data because of technical incompatibility or on the other hand the resources are not available to built up own data collections. Many smaller institutions are not present online at all, information is inexact or only purchasable in printed form. Competition between private, public and commercial presentations impedes many synergy effects.