GIS - Geodetski inštitut Slovenije

Geodetic Institute of Slovenia (acronym: GI, original name: Geodetski Inštitut Slovenije) is a leading Slovenian public institution for national geodetic, topographic and real estate data, products and servicesestablished in 1953. It is founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for which the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning is executing the rights thereof. Most projects are elaborated for the Slovenian Surveying & Mapping Authority and for various ministries and agencies from as diverse fields as environment, science, defence, transport, agriculture, culture, and regional development.

GI is authorized to technically operate several national spatial data infrastructure services such as distribution of real estate and spatial data, distribution of precise GPS data processed by national reference stations network SIGNAL (SlovenIa-Geodesy-NAvigation-Location), and dissemination of maritime hydrographic data. The institute takes part in the establishment of a new real estate register and a system of real estate assessment. It also operates own Training Centre for Geomatics which educates and certifies various profiles of geo-practitioners.

In cartography and mapping, GI holds two awards for “Excellence in Cartography” by International Cartographic Association, for the best city plan (1999) and for the best tactile map for blind (2003) on the world. Maps and spatial data are digitally produced for ordinary printing, satellite navigation on land, sea and air, for 3-dimensional visualization, terrain and city modelling, for web and multimedia products, for digital libraries, for geographic information systems, web cartographic applications, scientific visualization and 3D modelling.Themes vary from topographic to tourist maps, and from mountaineering maps to nautical charts produced in conformance with International Hydrographic Organization standards.

Photogrammetric works include production and processing of all kind of imagery - from satellite, to aerial and extremely dense laser point clouds (Lidar). Imagery taken from ground points is also extensively used for documentation of cultural heritage sites.

Geo-data are important in every geoscience as in many social sciences. Spatial data products are shared with environmental agencies to monitor and predict floods, climatic change, natural disasters, traffic, land use, hydrologic parameters on lakes and rivers, urban sprawl, and safety of navigation at sea, among others.

With the described formal position, and with the function to distribute, disseminate and manipulate official national spatial data and services, the institute has potential to approach and influence the local, national and regional communities, either at the institutional level or on the individual personal basis.

Currently, the institute has produced many diverse applications related to spatial data usage, e-content and e-services, eg.:

  • web-based spatio-temporal cartographic application for statistical data (for the Statistical Office of Slovenia),
  • collaborative multimedia and cartographic portal for tourism (for municipalities),
  • interactive cartographic web-based e-content for education (for the Ministry of Education and Sport),
  • web-portal for the real estate market (with the Surveying and Mapping Authority),
  • multimedia web-based geo-library (for the National and University Library),
  • geolocational web browser for wolfs and birds (for the environmental societies),
  • three-dimensional and spatio-temporal mapping of cultural and natural heritage (e-content for the Ministry of Science),
  • digital atlas of geolocation and mapping of Roma population in Slovenia (for the Ministry of Education and Sport),
  • foundations for international data exchange for the purpose of the INSPIRE directive (for the Surveying and Mapping Authority).

Vizualisations and film clips about the applications can be found at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/gisfilmi