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This self-learning module identifies e-government processes and explains the relation between egovernment and INSPIRE, in order to give insight into the opportunities and challenges of location enabled e-government. 

Background information and definitions of e-government are discussed in the first part of the module. This includes the different stages and developments in e-government, as well as the different kind of egovernment services. Benefits of e-government are also highlighted, while recent developments in egovernment in the EU and the e-government value chain are discussed as well. The relation between egovernment and INSPIRE is the central focus of the second part of the module, with special attention for location-enabled e-government processes and relevant documents at EU level. In the remaining of the second part, some examples and best practices are presented. The third part mentions some of the most important e-government architectures which are relevant to location enabled e-government & INSPIRE developments including the European Interoperability Strategy (EIS), the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), and the European Interoperability Reference Architecture (EIRA). 

Major topics covered:

  • E-government (recent developments)
  • E-government & INSPIRE
  • Application of INSPIRE beyond sectors and borders
  • Integration of location information in e-government
  • E-government architectures



  1. Introduction to e-government
  2. INSPIRE and location enabled e-government
  3. INSPIRE and e-government architectures


Learning outcomes

After the training, the student will be able:

  • To identify and list some basic aspects of e-government processes and the developments and shifts in these processes. 
  • To identify different types of e-government and the way in which they can be location enabled. 
  • To describe and explain the relationship between INSPIRE and e-government, and list the main opportunities and challenges of integrating INSPIRE in e-Government
  • To gain insight in the e-government infrastructures at the level of the EU and 
  • To list and describe the most important frameworks regarding e-government (EIS, EULF/ELISE,EIA, EIRA). 
  • To get familiar with some examples (from the public and private sector) in which different types of e-government are location enabled.


Intended Audience

The module aims at students and/or professionals looking for a more in depth insight in the challenges of the INSPIRE initiative and more specifically in the opportunities of INSPIRE in the context of e-government.


Participants should know the basics about INSPIRE or have followed the module “Introduction to INSPIRE”.

Training format

PDF documents, presentations. The module is a self-learning module: it is offered as e-learning video.

Expected Workload

Expected workload is 4 hours (this includes own reading and browsing of websites).

Language: English


This training module has been first developed as “INSPIRE Advanced” within the context of the smeSpire project in 2014 ( The first part of that module – INSPIRE and e-Government was revised and extended in the context of the BESTSDI project in 2016 ( and the giCASES project in 2018 (

This last version was enriched with examples of location enabled e-Government services developed in the context of the Flemish SDI and the experience gained during the ISA² European Union Location Framework (EULF) Action which ran from 2012 until 2016.


Authors: Glenn Vancauwenberghe (KU Leuven), Danny Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven), Wesley Gruijthuijsen and Dirk Frigne (Geosparc). The material is provided under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (