The Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure
(BMVI) is the most important provider and user of operational Earth
Observation Systems in Germany, where federal mandates exist.
It leads the implementation of GEOSS in Germany and heads the
German GEO delegation. Additionally the BMVI brings in a multiplicity
of further institutions, such as:
A central element for setting up the GEOSS is the improvement
of the interoperability of EO systems by progressing international
data standards, data policy agreements and the provision of a geodatainfrastructure.
At the national level in Germany, these topics are managed in the context of the Geo Data
Infrastructure Germany (GDI-DE®). Hence a close coordination of GDI-DE and national GEOSS
activities is necessary. This cooperation takes place in the
Interministerial Committee for Geo Information (IMAGI), which also
harmonizes national activities with the implementation of the European
On behalf of the BMVI a National GEO Secretariat has been established
at DLR Space Administration. Major tasks are the coordination
and administrative support of the German GEO Delegation, for GEO
Committees and the consultations in the European GEO High level
Working Group (GEO HLWG). Furthermore bundling and disseminating
relevant information, communication with the GEO secretariat
in Geneva and the general point of contact for German stakeholderss
are part of the tasks.Furthermore, the D-GEO secretariat organizes regular national meetings
and workshops, and keeps contact with relevant data centers, research institutions
and funding organizations in Germany.