"Digital geodata as an image of the real world are the digital raw material of a smart geo-future" - this core sentence from the "Strategy for digital life in Rheinland-Pfalz" of the state government sums up the current need for modern geodata management. How does modern, efficient geo-data management in Rheinland-Pfalz work, what new developments must be taken into account - and in what way can innovative methods contribute to the redesign? These and other questions were analysed in the project "Preliminary Investigation for the Introduction of a Uniform Geodata Management in Rheinland-Pfalz (rlp-GDM)", which is based in the Ministry of the Interior and Sport Rhineland-Palatinate, in cooperation with the Innovation Laboratory of the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer (Transfer of knowledge and ideas for innovation in the administration - WITI), the German Research Institute of Public Administration (GRIP) Speyer and Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar (MRN) GmbH.
In a first step, qualitative interviews with experts and a quantitative online survey were used to determine the high relevance of geodata use. These results were again substantially underlined by means of a subsequent trend analysis and the interpretation of the legal framework: There is a high demand for a central, redundancy-free geodata storage, for making it possible to find and link geodata, to use this geodata in an interoperable way and to reduce restrictions in the use of geodata in order to promote better networking of the different levels.
For the efficient consolidation and coordination of administrative IT, the development is moving in the direction of establishing a basic infrastructure that is not specific to a particular ministry or that spans several ministries, with common basic and cross-sectional services. Accordingly, the recommendations resulting from the interpretation of the legal framework are aimed, among other things, at increased centralisation or partial centralisation of data consolidation, provision and further development as well as synchronisation and standardisation of spatial data applications/ data portals and thus increased transparency of existing data. This can lead to efficiency gains thanks to increased effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of data provision and pave the way for the "smart geo-future".