What is geoinformation?
Geographic data with spatial orientation are called geoinformation. These data describe the situation and characteristics of a country in terms of coordinates, place names, postal addresses and other criteria.
In today's modern society of administration, economy, and science as well as in the private sector they are the basis for processes, planning, measures and decision-making of all kinds.
Who uses geoinformation?
Geoinformation has become essential to practically all walks of life: transportation, energy, ecology and environmental protection, computer science and telecommunications, education, culture, insurance and health care, national defense, home security, civil protection and disaster control, logistics and waste management.
As a key element of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, the significance of geoinformation is comparable to transportation and communications networks or the nationwide power and water supply in a modern society.
Even in the business world geoinformation is indispensable for the most varied plans and decisions in product design, marketing, logistics and distribution, for investment decisions or site selection. Considering the enormous political and economic potential, geoinformation is a first-class economic asset.