Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 344-361; doi:10.3390/fi3040344
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Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process

1 Institute of Criminology, Humanities A (Laws, Theology, Criminology), University of Malta, Room113, Msida, MSD 2080, Malta 2 Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta 3 CEIT Alanova, Central European Institute of Technology, Institute of Urbanism, Transport, Environment and Information Society, Concorde Business Park 2/F, 2320 Schwechat, Austria
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Received: 9 October 2011; in revised form: 29 November 2011 / Accepted: 16 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NeoGeography and WikiPlanning)
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Abstract: Sharing data across diverse thematic disciplines is only the next step in a series of hard-fought efforts to ensure barrier-free data availability. The Plan4all project is one such effort, focusing on the interoperability and harmonisation of spatial planning data as based on the INSPIRE protocols. The aims are to support holistic planning and the development of a European network of public and private actors as well as Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). The Plan4all and INSPIRE standards enable planners to publish and share spatial planning data. The Malta case tackled the wider scenario for sharing of data, through the investigation of the availability, transformation and dissemination of data using geoportals. The study is brought to the fore with an analysis of the approaches taken to ensure that data in the physical and social domains are harmonised in an internationally-established process. Through an analysis of the criminological theme, the Plan4all process is integrated with the social and land use themes as identified in the CRISOLA model. The process serves as a basis for the need to view sharing as one part of the datacycle rather than an end in itself: without a solid protocol the foundations have been laid for the implementation of the datasets in the social and crime domains.
Keywords: data interoperability; INSPIRE; crime mapping; mapserver; data sharing; CRISOLA; Plan4all

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Formosa, S.; Magri, V.; Neuschmid, J.; Schrenk, M. Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process. Future Internet 2011, 3, 344-361.

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Formosa S, Magri V, Neuschmid J, Schrenk M. Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process. Future Internet. 2011; 3(4):344-361.

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Formosa, Saviour; Magri, Vincent; Neuschmid, Julia; Schrenk, Manfred. 2011. "Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process." Future Internet 3, no. 4: 344-361.

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