UrbIS Brussels - high quality cartographic data for free

Speaker(s) : Eric Auquière

  • Language : Français
  • Level : Newbie
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Monday 8 July 2013
  • Schedule : 11h20
  • Duration : 20 minutes
  • Place : K.3.601
Fils rouges : Open Data
Public cible : DécideursGrand publicProfessionnels


UrbIS data is a set of cartographic databases produced by the Brussels Regional Informatics Center for more than 25 years. Originally co-founded by the utility companies and the public sector, UrbIS was not free of charge and submitted to a strict license. Since then, two important steps have been overcome. In 2009, the data has been distributed for free but always under restrictons. This year, under the impulsion of Brigitte Grouwels, Regional Minister in Charge of Informatics, an Open Data licence derived from the ETALAB license has been applied to UrbIS. From now on, those high quality databases are available through different channels: classical download system but also web services. Compared to the other Regions or to the federal level, this policy is quite unique. This presentation aims to explain the UrbIS ecosystems and the opportunities brought by this new open and original model.


IT Manager active in the field of geomatics (remote sensing, GIS and Global Positioning Systems) for 20 years.

Since 2007, responsible for a team of 20 IT professionals developing web portals, GIS applications, datawarehouses and mobile applications.

Géobru committee member, responsible for the implementation of the European Directive INSPIRE within the Brussels Region.

Administrator AM / FM GIS Belux, an association whose aim is to promote geomatics in Belgium.

More than ten years of experience in managing projects within the public sector and utilities (gas, electricity) for medium-sized projects in the field of geographic information systems and web technologies.

Computer consultant for missions for the selection, replacement and implementation of information systems for the public sector and utilities.

Author of a doctoral thesis in processing satellite images.

Attached documents

Présentation du projet UrbIS

Présentation du projet UrbIS et de sa démarche opendata