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Improving the cross-border exchange of spatial information

INSPIRE directive

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A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform

When is this action of interest to you?

You are working in a European public administration or in industry. This action will help to increase interoperability among public authorities by supporting the implementation of a European spatial data infrastructure, including the creation of reusable tools.

What is this action about?

EU Member States are currently implementing the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) Directive and related Regulations. The Directive covers many sectors, by addressing 34 spatial data themes relevant for environmental policies or policies that impact on the environment.

To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable on both a national level and across borders, the Directive requires that common Implementing Rules be adopted in a number of specific areas (namely: metadata, the interoperability of spatial data sets and services, network services, data and service sharing and monitoring and reporting).

These Implementing Rules are supplemented by Technical Guidelines that provide additional details on INSPIRE implementation based on current standards. To further facilitate Member States meeting their INSPIRE obligations, this Action is identifying reusable tools and other components to support INSPIRE implementation. It also addresses the cross-sector interoperability context of ISA, European open data initiatives and the Digital Agenda for Europe, by developing tools which fill gaps in the infrastructure that have been designed for reuse by other sectors. 

This Action also aims to establish a reference platform to provide details about share tools, tasks, workflows and outputs that can support INSPIRE implementation and reuse.

The governance of the Action is supported by the ISA Working Group for Spatial Information and Services with participation from Member States and EC representatives.

What are the objectives?

  • Identify policies and initiatives from other sectors related to spatial data exchange as sources of reusable tools and e-government topics where INSPIRE assets could be reused.
  • Create and share open-source software and guidelines for INSPIRE implementation and its reuse in other sectors via JoinUp, including the Re3gistry, an access control testbed, OGC Sensor Observation Services, INSPIRE validation tools, providing INSPIRE data as Linked Data and INSPIRE metadata for open data portals (as GeoDCAT-AP).

What are the benefits?

  • Implementation of the INSPIRE requirements
  • Increased interoperability among the public authorities
  • Increased availability of INSPIRE components, data and services
  • Support for cross-sector reuse of INSPIRE data, services, metadata and assets in European e-government activities, including open data portals

What are the next steps?

  • Major release of the re3gistry software according to the software roadmap
  • Study on the Federation of registries
  • Launch of the ARE3NA platform
  • Sandbox instance of virtuoso with transformed INSPIRE metadata according to the new version of GeoDCAT-AP to test its potentiality
  • Detailed study on access control mechanisms for INSPIRE resources

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11700

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