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INSPIRE – What if? Summary report from the What if…? sessions at the 2017 INSPIRE Conference

Abstract: 
Following up from the successful "What if we didn't have INSPIRE?" workshop at the 2016 INSPIRE Conference in Barcelona and the "INSPIRE - What if...?" workshop at the OGC meeting in Delft1 in March 2017, two "INSPIRE - What if…?" sessions took place at the INSPIRE Conference in Strasbourg on 8 September 2017. This report explains the background to these sessions and provides a summary of the discussions in the break-out groups. Even though the six group discussions focused on different topics, the conclusions converged around the following recommendations: - Make INSPIRE easier to use for mainstream ICT professionals and developers - Focus on data content and on creating (preferably open) national or pan-European data sets, which are quality-assured and of high-value to a broad user community - Make INSPIRE more user-centric and user-driven - Improve communication and promote INSPIRE's success stories - Clarify the roles of the public and the private sectors, especially with respect to data offering(s), data integration and value adding services
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