GEO-IKT (2007 – 2008)

Geodata and security of critical infrastructures in Austria

Z_GIS, a competence centre of Geoinformatics in Austria and Hi-TEC Marketing, a Vienna-based innovation research company were generating a survey within the Austrian critical infrastructure research programme KIRAS. The aim of the GEO-IKT study was to identify and strengthen an Austrian stakeholder community. It turned out that such a community did not exist as such, at least not under a common terminology, and without a common understanding. The study identified research, industry and public authorities in the field of security research concerning the protection of critical infrastructures with a focus on spatial data and solutions. The scientific part of the study highlighted innovative Geographical methods for the future. Based on various expert interviews the state of the art was assessed. In essence, in Austria the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) is highly fragmented, dominated by the respective Federal and provincial authorities with somewhat overlapping information status. There are more and more research projects and certain attitudes towards an interconnected research field and we noticed increasing motivation to join and support the growing KIRAS research community. Another aim of the GEO-IKT study was to initiate one step further to strengthen Austria in its role within the European network of Excellence in the field of Geoinformatics and security research. The outcome of the project was somewhat hampered by the fact that it was very difficult to convince all experts and to get in-depth interviews. Despite this fact and despite the fact that almost all information was classified or was treated like being classified a good overview of the CIP relevant actors in Austria could be gained, exemplary benefits from recent research could be demonstrated to some stakeholders and a compact overall status report could be released.

Contact person: Thomas Blaschke
Researchers involved: Cornelius Roth, Stefan Lang