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Working towards INSPIRE Directive compliance

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The INSPIRE Directive that came into force on 15th May 2007 (INSPIRE 2007/02/CE) aims to create a European Union infrastructure to enable the sharing of environmental spatial data information among public sector organisations, facilitation of public access to spatial information across Europe and assistance in policy-making across boundaries.

To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context, the INSPIRE Directive requires that common Implementing Rules (IR) were adopted for i) Metadata, ii) Data Specifications, iii) Network Services, iv) Data and Service Sharing and v) Spatial Data Services.

Datasets in the scope of INSPIRE are the ones which come under one or more of the 34 spatial data themes, grouped in three Annexes.

Currently, EMODnet Human Activities datasets are INSPIRE compliant when it comes to metadata, network services, spatial data services, and data and service sharing.

With the “Data Specifications”, a comparison analysis has been made between the current EMODnet data models and INSPIRE application schemas, to look at what needs to be done to align these datasets to INSPIRE’s Data Specifications. The main outcomes of this analysis are the following:

  1. Most datasets in EMODnet Human Activities can be related to existing INSPIRE application schemas and feature types.
  2. Some datasets can be related to more than one INSPIRE application schema, so a deeper analysis should be made to decide to which of these different application schemas they align best.
  3. Some INSPIRE models relate closely (thematically) to the EMODnet datasets (i.e. aquaculture) but other relationships are weaker (e.g. munition dumping).
  4. Several attributes included in EMODnet’s datasets are not considered in INSPIRE application schemas.
  5. One EMODnet dataset includes objects that can be found in different INSPIRE application schemas.

Within this context, the EMODnet Human Activities consortium will progressively advance into convergence with INSPIRE data specifications, giving priority to those datasets that have more similarities with their related INSPIRE application schemas.

The information and views set out in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on the European Commission's behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information therein.

February 15th, 2019 | Written by

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