Roger Longhorn

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Mr Roger Longhorn

Professional Title: Advisor/Consultant
Other: Information Policy Advisor

Primary domain: Geospatial and Marine Information Policy

Organization name: Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association

Organization type: Other (please specify) - obligatory

City / Country: Bredene - Belgium


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Hold BSc and MSc degrees from M.I.T. in Ocean Engineering and Shipping Management, respectively, and involved in the ICT industry since 1976, developing marine information systems globally until 1986. Worked as an expert in information markets and services for the European Commission until 1999, and have remained involved in several EU R&D programmes since then. Assisted in developing the European Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) strategy (now called INSPIRE) from its inception in 1995. Authored a practical guide to geospatial data legal issues (2002), co-authored a book on SDI-related aspects of the value, pricing and consumption of geographic information (2009), chapters in books dealing with coastal/marine SDI (1999, 2003, 2005, 2009) and the chapter “Geographic Information Value Assessment” in the SAGE Handbook of GIS Research (2011). Currently Secretary-General of the GSDI Association and Information Policy Advisor to the Coastal and Marine Union – EUCC, the Steering Group of the UNESCO IOD IODE International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Project and the International Committee of the CoastGIS Conference series. Roger develops data policy, harmonisation and services interoperability specifications for several data themes in the EU’s SDI INSPIRE Directive for national governments in the EU and globally.