The Multisectorial Information Association published the 10th edition of its annual report on the infomediary sector in Spain
‘The Data Economy in the Infomediary field’ is the recently published report by ASEDIE, the Multisectorial Information Association. The report marks the 10th edition of an annual publication aimed at providing an overview of the status of the infomediary sector in Spain in the given year.
As reported by ASEDIE, the infomediary sector includes ´companies that analyse and process information from the public and / or private sectors to create value-added products for third parties or the general public` that – among others - help in effective decision making. The 2022 report identifies 701 of these companies, with close to 23 000 professionals employed in the market.
A special focus for this year´s ASEDIE report is put on geospatial information as one of the high value datasets identified by the European Commission in the directive 2019/1024. In fact, the report includes the results of two surveys. The first focuses more on the side of open geospatial data re-users, namely companies that analyse and process public and private sector geospatial information to create their products and services. The second survey, on the other hand, represents the perspective of open data providers, i.e., public entities such as the 17 regional geographical nodes, the National Geographic Institute, the National Statistics Institute, and the Cadastre.
Some interesting results of these two surveys are reported below.
- All companies interviewed confirmed the importance of geospatial information for business growth and the need for standardisation to produce efficient geospatial solutions.
- The main challenges identified among companies are the opening of new public information sources followed by the digitisation of the public sector, interoperability, and the opening of new private information sources.
- Respondents among re-users also mentioned actualisation and quality of information as the two main barriers they encounter when re-using open geospatial data, followed by the information only being available in some autonomous regions or provinces and the difficulty of access.
- All public entities surveyed affirmed to perceive the impact they cause when opening geospatial databases thanks to the queries and satisfaction messages received or considering the number of downloads.
- Only 58% of public open data providers interviewed know the profile of the companies and/or people who use the geospatial information that they publish, although some have commented that it would be useful to have a better understanding of their needs as re-users.
- In terms of barriers, 91% of surveyed public entities indicated the lack of human resources as the biggest obstacle.
To learn more about the provision and re-use of open geospatial data in the Spanish infomediary sector, read the ASEDIE report ´The Data Economy in the Infomediary field'.