The EUROGI/eSDI-Net Awards publicise digital geographic information (GI) initiatives for content providers and users and increases awareness of the importance of SDIs for reuse. They aim to highlight excellence, promote the reuse of information and the unnecessary duplication of resources.
The GeoPlace case study focuses on the establishment of the National Address Gazetteer Database. It described how the National Address Gazetteer Database was created and how it is being maintained as an intelligent, comprehensive, current address and street database. The entry also looked at how it is being shared amongst the whole of the public sector under the terms of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) as well as the wider commercial market.
The Awarding process was monitored by a professional jury comprised of representatives from the Joint Research Centre-EC, ESRI, University of Nottingham, GIM international, Open Source Geospatial Foundation, AfigÃ©o, Open Geospatial Consortium, AMFM GIS Italia, RSW Geomatics and 2 former eSDI-Net Award winners: CRIGE-PACA (France) and Gobierno de La Rioja (Spain) and chaired by Professor Ian Masser, University College of London.
During the judging process Professor Masser stated that "Each SDI is a special case" and with this assumption in mind, the jury decided not to look for "the best SDI", but for various SDIs that were excellent in different aspects. The GeoPlace entry was awarded within the 'Quality and Quantity' category.