The FreeGIS.net project is financed by the European Community and in particular is supported by “INTERREG Italy-Switzerland”, which is a cross-border cooperation program. The project partners are private and public entities that, together with the official supporters, work in order to achieve a common goal.
In fact, one of the main objectives is to facilitate the dissemination of geo-referenced data held by public administrations across Europe through open data formats and Free Open Source Software tools.
The work-impact-effects are many and range from a more rational use of resources,- allowing savings in monetary terms-to a use in real-time of the data concerning the traffic ,that can therefore be managed in a better way. The more important geo referenced data are all the data related to the environment (ex. Number of square meters that are used for agriculture rather than for forest land). This data can be analyzed by any user through a flexible and accessible technology.
Thanks to a technology that puts the end-user at the center of the control system, the data in the databases of public administrations across Europe may be consulted at any time and from anywhere. The Citizens will be able to use the device they prefer in order to interact simultaneously with several institutions and get the information they want at the lowest price.
In the same way, also the institutions- by using the technological infrastructure that is created due to the FreeGIS.net project- are able to realize benefits in terms of cost and time for the publication and cross-checking of their geo-referenced data. In this way, the control over the “key- factors” of the area will be more accurate and the interaction between different departments of the institution and similar institutions across Europe will strengthen the systems of "Geospatial Information System" (GIS).
In conclusion, the project FreeGIS.net by facilitating public authorities to comply with the OGC and INSPIRE directives allows the creation of a Free Software based network that makes Europe more united in the use and exchange of data. This result will be the driving force for all the safety and economic aspects regarding the spatial data and will create synergies between them. This will allow a more rapid and efficient development of the territory.