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ARE3NA

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.

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, data and service interoperability, 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 will identify reusable tools and other components to support INSPIRE implementation. It will also consider the cross-sector interoperability context of ISA, European open data initiatives and the Digital Agenda for Europe, to ensure that any missing components are developed with re-use in mind. 

This Action also aims to establish a reference platform that will help the community share tools that can support INSPIRE implementation and a dedicated space for items developed through the Action, such as open source tools and semantic assets stemming from INSPIRE.

As well as fostering the development of a grassroots community through the work of the platform, an ISA Working Group will be set up with the participation of Member States and EC representatives.

What are the objectives?

  • Sharing existing open-source software for INSPIRE implementation and reuse in other sectors through a Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA) on JoinUp.
  • Identification and development of missing components and/or functionalities, such as registry software and services; access control technologies and standards for data- and service-sharing; and a platform to support location-based data coming from citizens.
  • Identification of other policies and initiatives from other sectors related to spatial data exchange.

 

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • Implementation of the INSPIRE requirements;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services; Member States' public administration; Commission, institutions and bodies
Benefit
  • Increased interoperability among the public authorities;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services; Member States' public administration; Commission, institutions and bodies
Benefit
  • Increased availability of INSPIRE components, data and services;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services; Member States' public administration; Commission, institutions and bodies
Benefit
  • Support for cross-sector reuse of INSPIRE components in European e-government activities;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services; Member States' public administration; Commission, institutions and bodies

Recent developments:

An example of a missing component the Action is addressing is the Re3gistry, developed as a generic open source tool for registers and the management of code lists (https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/re3gistry/home) and as an instance to support INSPIRE, with the ability to provide feedback on contents and function (http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/registry).

Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2012 to Q4/2015
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Informatics)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 1 350 000
Want to know more?

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11700

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