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About this webinar

On 23 April 2020 this live Webinar, followed by an interactive Q&A session, will introduce attendees to the preservation of digital geospatial records. It aims to introduce the digital preservation of geospatial data to record keepers and IT specialists in organisations that produce, manage or use digital geospatial data in their workflows. The live webinar, followed by an interactive Q&A session, will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to geospatial data and its role in organisations
  • How can E-ARK Specifications for digital geospatial data records archiving help implement preservation this type of record
  • Strategies for implementing an accessible geospatial records archive

Participants submitted questions and suggested discussion points beforehand using the comments section below or by sending an email to


The CEF eArchiving Building Block provides specifications, reference software, training and service desk support for digital archiving, including digital preservation. In order to help users benefit from the features of the Building Block, CEF is running a series of training Webinars that will cover its core functionality and other relevant CEF eArchiving content. 

Thank you to those of you who had the opportunity to attend the CEF eArchiving-Meet eArchiving workshop held in Brussels on 3 and 4 December 2019. You can read the event summary here, watch the recording and download the presentations delivered during the event here.

Webinar presentation

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Written responses from interactive Q&A

What were the links to the videos you mentioned within the presentation?

  1. eArchiving specifications and tools (
  2. Long-term preservation formats (
  3. eArchiving Geodata preservation specification (
  4. Use of AI and Geodata form the ESRI conference (

What formats do you recommend for preserving geodata?

In general, we would allow all formats that fulfil the requirements for a long-term preservation format (widely adopted in many readers, openly available – e.g. no use, possibly an international standard, not too complex, probably human-readable, self-documented, robust and not dependant on any specific solution. You can find more information within this online lecture (

The formats vary according to the type of data they hold. So for the Vector-based geodata, we used GML 3.2.1 and newer, and for raster-based data, we proposed TIFF, GeoTIFF or JPEG2000 with some restrictions. If you want to learn more, than you should look at this page (

The Library of Congress created a great website, where most of the Geodata standards are analysed according to their suitability as a long-preservation standard.

Can you say something about the relation with the INSPIRE initiative?

We reused the INSPIRE Metadata requirements as a proposal for the metadata description so that the archives could publish the information about their archival packages within an archival Geo metadata server and be compatible with INSPIRE.

We also presented the eArchiving Building Block and our Geodata Preservation specifications on the 56th Meeting of the MIG permanent technical sub-group (MIG-T) in Ispra, which took place between 3rd and 4th of April 2019. It was agreed that the preservation of old geodata would be interesting; however, the initiative should come from the representatives of the National Mapping Agencies.

Are there any examples of archive centers sorting or even reusing this kind of data?

There are several European national Archives storing such data. We have direct contact with the Danish National Archives, Archive of the Republic of Slovenia, Swiss Federal Archives in cooperation with SwisTopo, State Archives of Belgium; however, there may be others. Outside Europe, there is also a lot of work being done in the United States (NARA, NASA, and some state Archives). We also have information that some National Mapping Agencies have their archival departments for old data.





10.00 – 10.05Welcome Thomas Fillis 
10.05 – 10.15CEF eArchiving welcomeJaime Kaminski

10.15 – 11.00

Preserving digital geospatial records 

Gregor Završnik

11.00 – 11.15


Gregor Završnik, Jaime Kaminski and Thomas Fillis 

About the presenters

Thomas Fillis

Thomas Fillis is a Communications Consultant in DIGIT working on CEF Digital. Prior to joining DIGIT, Thomas advised a Member of the European Parliament, and worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors. A native of Liverpool, and has certifications from Universities in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

Dr. Jaime Kaminski 

Dr. Jaime Kaminski has over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector. He is currently the activity lead for training in E-ARK3 and was training manager for E-ARK4ALL in 2019. He has spent 15 years in academia where he has been researching in the field of Digital Humanities. In that time he has worked on numerous EC-funded projects, including EPOCH, 3D-COFORM, V-MUST, E-RHIS, ROMOR, E-ARK and E-ARK4ALL, as well as the UKRO-funded SEAHA project. Prior to joining academia, he spent 7 years as a technical briefings manager and senior technology analyst for a Blue Chip ICT consultancy where he produced and ran technical seminars.

Gregor Završnik

Gregor Završnik is an International geospatial consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He has been working in the field of geospatial preservation for the last 5 years on E-ARK, E-ARK4ALL and currently on E-ARK3 projects. He is also a member of the DILCIS Board and the author of the E-ARK Specifications for digital geospatial data records archiving.

About CEF eArchiving

Financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the purpose of the CEF eArchiving Building Block is to promote the uptake and accelerate the use of eArchiving specifications amongst both public and private entities established in the EU. The benefits to both users and the wider economy of adopting eArchiving include:

  • Flexibility: supports scaling of digital archival systems from small to very large
  • Standardisation: enables information assets to be transmitted, preserved and re-used across borders as well as time
  • Efficiency: accelerates the delivery time of a working digital archive, while controlling costs
  • Transparency: ensures a high level of confidence among all participants in the information value chain
  • Risk management: reduces risks in information assurance

To do so, CEF eArchiving makes the following services available:

About the CEF building blocks

The CEF building blocks provide basic services which can be reused to enable more complex digital public services offered to citizens, businesses and public administration. They provide reusable tools and services helping to underpin the Digital Single Market, that aims to remove digital regulatory barriers, contributing as much as EUR 415 billion per year to the European economy. The CEF Digital Portal is the home of the CEF building blocks (Big Data Test Infrastructure, Blockchain, Context Broker, eArchivingeIDeDeliveryeInvoicingeSignatureeTranslation and Once Only Principle). It is the one-stop-shop for information about the building blocks. 

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