Final International Seminar – Brussels, 12 March 2013


The final seminar of Project EuroGeoSource took place in Brussels on the 12th of March 2013 in the installations of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (

This seminar was the culmination of 3 years’ work and included a demonstration of the EuroGeoSource Portal and its functionalities. Additionally, invited speakers address and discussing some of the key topics related to the future of data management regarding mineral and energy resources, which will be of benefit to anyone concerned with European and global supply of mineral and energy resources.


Seminar highlights


Final programme and presentations:


9:00 – Welcome by RBINS

9:15 – EU Information and Policy Support System for Sustainable Supply of Europe with Energy and Mineral Resources


10:30 – Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 – Debate period I: Why do we need data portals?

Focus: Added value of portals like EuroGeoSource (functionalities, different type of end users, technical solutions chosen, sustainability, need for improvements, software, advantages for data providers, advantages for end users

Chairperson: Slavko Solar (Policy Officer - Mining and Minerals Sector at European Commission)


  1. African-European Georesources Observation System (Marc Urvois, BRGM)
  2. Promine (Daniel Cassard, BRGM)
  3. Open Street Map Foundation, Spain (Iván Sánchez Ortega, Open Street map foundation, Spain)

12:30 – Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Debate II: harmonization and standardization: EU versus national policies

Focus: The harmonisation and standardisation of data on two levels, i.e. national vs. European policies

Chairperson: Robert Tomas (DG – JRC)


  1. National versus EU policies: free access to data (Slavko Solar, Policy Officer - Mining and Minerals Sector at European Commission)
  2. Standardization of classification: lead by example (J. Ross, Ross Petroleum)
  3. Data portals and NDR’s (Kjell Reidar Knudsen, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)
  4. New resources, new technologies, new data needs (António Costa Silva, Partex  Oil)

15:30 – Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30 – Debate period III: Challenges for the future

Focus: Challenges to ensure the needs of end users, specially mining industry and oil/gas companies: which data? Which functionalities, how do web GIS systems contribute to support their activities? How do these systems contribute to the secure supply of Europe with energy and raw materials?

Chairperson: Helena Viegas, Directorate General for Energy and Geology, Portugal


  1. Mineral resources from the sea: data needs (Jan-Stefan Fritz, German Marine Research Consortium)
  2. New European minerals related projects and initiatives (Juha Kaija, GTK)
  3. European Geological Data Infrastructure (Rob van der Krogt, TNO)


17:30 – End of workshop (Stephan Gruijters)

Post Workshop EuroGeoSource toast


(During coffee and lunch: 1- Discover and test the EuroGeoSource portal; 2- Posters session)