Sharing Experiences

Sharing Experiences

Space Apps: a hackathon for ideating solutions to NASA’s challenges

Apps móviles, Big Data, Cloud Computing, IDEs, Innovación, Open Data, Smart cities, 0 comments

Last 29th and 30th of April, the sixth edition of NASA Space Apps took place. In this occasion, 187 cities participated all over the world, and Zaragoza was one of them. For the fourth consecutive year, this event was organized in @etopia_.

Space Apps arises as a NASA’s project for establishing a progress based on a more open, transparent and accessible science. The main issues of NASA Space Apps, and which are supported by @spaceappsZgz year after year, are the use of open data in ...

Publication of Open Data based on geographic information catalogues

INSPIRE, Metadatos, Open Data, 0 comments

Nowadays, National, regional or local governments are promoting different initiatives to publish their information using Open Data portals. In the scope of geographic information these efforts for publication of information is based on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) and European Directive INSPIRE (2007/2/CE). The link between both spheres, Open Data and SDIs is more than desirable, and, in fact, it is possible thanks to solutions similar to which we will explain in next paragraphs.

The challenge of the actionable persistent identifiers

I+D+i, IDEs, INSPIRE, 0 comments

A persistent identifier (PID) acts as a standard, invariant and long-term reference of a digital resource, regardless of their status, their location or their current owner. Although, several EU Member States already have governance structures, processes, standards, guidelines and tools to create, maintain, manage and use persistent identifiers in their respective Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), their approaches are different and are at different levels of maturity. That is why the implementation of persistent identifiers for spatial objects is one of the most immediate challenges in the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.

2017, the year of the mobile payment consolidation

Apps móviles, Móviles, Pagos móviles, Smart cities, 0 comments


It is a fact that citizens habits are changing rapidly leveraged by new technologies adoption. The way in wich users and clients pay is not an exception. Likewise, retails and service providers are aware of it, and also traditional banks, telecommunication companies, technology-based companies and fintech startups that fight to gain a bigger slice of the market.

New Directive on the Accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies

e-Administración, HTML5, Móviles, Web, 0 comments

The Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (Directive (UE) 2016/2012), that has recently come into effect, has the objective of harmonizing national regulations, establishing common requirements on accessibility.

Vector tiles: the future of map servers?

IDEs, Innovación, INSPIRE, Mapas, 0 comments


Since in 2005 Google launched Google Maps and popularised the use of raster tile maps in Internet browsers, there have appeared multitude of standards, tools and applications that make possible to create tiles, serve them in an interoperable way through Internet and use them by means of desk or web clients, smartphones or tablets.

Vector tiles, different from raster tiles, include information associated to each of the geographic objects they contain, instead of simply providing their representation as an image.

Benchmarking a geodata-based solution with standards

Big Data, e-Administración, Open Data, 0 comments

Our data-driven world is moving fast and it is causing fear of vendor lock-in, data or product obsolescence, and dead-end solutions. Technical standards can help to give clients a reliable foundation that assists in building core knowledge for decision-making, enable effective comparative insight, and defeat fears. Technical standards reflect best practices developed by the industry around the world. They ensure that technologies used by clients are safe, efficient and integrated, making it easier to procure reliable and cost-effective systems to meet their needs.