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INSPIRE Call for Facilitators ? Thematic Clusters

- Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Call for Facilitators – Thematic Clusters


All infrastructures, and INSPIRE is no exception, require maintenance and evolution if they want to remain relevant to their goals and stakeholders. The experience gained during the development of the Technical Guidelines (e.g. for data specifications) as well as lessons learned by implementing the infrastructure, especially from thematic domains, need to be shared to optimise performance of the infrastructure to meet policy objectives and to increase its usability within thematic domains. To aid this further evolution of INSPIRE and to help embed it in technical practices within a range of communities, on-line collaboration platforms will be set up for sharing theme-specific experiences.

The overall idea for setting up on-line collaboration platforms for the proposed clusters of themes is reflecting the fact that a number of issues that organisations are likely to face when implementing INSPIRE will be theme-specific. The collaboration platforms should become a single entry point for implementers to share experience, raise questions and resolve issues. They should also allow implementers and users in the MS to share plans on how INSPIRE can be extended to fit specific domain needs (mainly in terms of data) and explore how value-added applications can use the infrastructure to fit domain-specific (and potentially cross-domain) needs.

The proposed clusters are based on similarities of issues and data providers, links between data sets and experience from the development phase of the INSPIRE data specifications. 

Proposed initial thematic clusters:

1.     Geology, Soil, Natural Risk Zones, Mineral resources, Energy resources
2.     Land Use, Land Cover
3.     Elevation, Orthoimagery, Geographical Grids, Reference Systems
4.     Environmental Monitoring Facilities, Observations and Measurements
5.     Agricultural and Aquaculture Facilities, Production and Industrial Facilities, Utility and Governmental Services
6.     Geographical Names, Administrative Units, Cadastral Parcels, Addresses, Buildings, Transport Networks,
7.     Hydrography, Oceanographic Features, Sea Regions, Atmospheric Conditions and Meteorological Geographical Features,
8.     Protected Sites, Area Management/Restriction/Regulation Zones and Reporting Units,
        Habitats and Biotopes, Species Distribution, Bio-geographical Regions
9.     Statistical Units, Population Distribution, Human Health and Safety

As the Technical Guidelines for each INSPIRE data theme allow some flexibility for the implementation of the Implementing Rules (IR) requirements,  the platforms should also facilitate active collaboration within communities to share harmonised implementation approaches and to address known issues in some themes’ Technical Guidelines.

In order to ensure active contribution of INSPIRE thematic experts and to initiate and moderate discussions on the forum, each newly created thematic platform should be pro-actively administered by a Facilitator. It is the aim of this call to collect appropriate candidates for this task.


Call details

NOTE: The on-line form to be used for application will be available on the INSPIRE web site from 22 August 2014.

INSPIRE-GWF 2015: Call for abstracts

- Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100




The INSPIRE Conference and Geospatial World Forum 2015 will be jointly organised on 25-29 May 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. The joint conference will carry the theme Convergence: Policies + Practices + Processes via PPP, which aim to address the need for greater coordination among policy-makers, technology providers and users to benefit the industry, and to highlight geospatial workflows as an enabler for successful PPPs by facilitating more informed decision making among the stakeholders.

The Program Advisory Board is pleased to invite abstracts to be presented in thematic sessions, posters and for workshop proposals at the conference. Being the first joint effort between European Commission and Geospatial Media and Communications, the conference promises to be an exciting platform to showcase best practices and interchange of ideas among geospatial community at regional and global level.

Submission is open until 15th November 2014. Proposed scope, technical themes, submission guidelines and important dates are available on conference website. Any further queries can be sent to the conference secretariat at papers@geospatialworldforum.org.

Testing the new INSPIRE registry, registers and Re3gistry software

- Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The JRC INSPIRE Registry are happy to announce a new candidate release of the INSPIRE registry and registers, which is based on the v0.4 release candidate of the Re3gistry software. Before officially publishing these, we would like to invite you to participate in the testing of both the content and new functionalities of the service and the software.

For this purpose, two test instances have been set up:

Instructions for testing as well as the draft documentation for the new INSPIRE registry service and Re3gistry software are available in a specific sub-project in the MIG collaboration space.

The testing will run until Monday, 15 September 2014.

Getting involved

If you are interested in testing new release candidates of the software or service, please register in the MIG collaboration space and send an e-mail to inspire-registry-dev@jrc.ec.europa.eu.

Questions, issues for discussions, bugs and suggestions for new features can be submitted in the issue tracker. Note that in order to submit new issues, you have to be signed into the collaboration space and have been assigned to the testing project. Please also check the existing issues before submitting a new issue.

OGC and JRC to collaborate on standards for geospatial interoperability

- Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have signed a collaboration agreement to enhance the development and use of geospatial standards. It is anticipated that this collaboration will enable the JRC to more effectively contribute to the OGC standards process, and facilitate the consideration of European objectives and requirements during the development of international open geospatial standards.
The agreement formalises the partners’planned collaboration in the field of development, application, maintenance and promotion of international open geospatial standards and best practices in support of European objectives and requirements, in particular in relation to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.

"This is an important step forward for both of our organisations," explained Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC. "OGC benefits from the JRC’s leadership in advancing geospatial information sharing across Europe, enabled by open standards, including those of the OGC. The European Union benefits greatly from open standards that improve discovery, sharing and application of diverse collections of information to address a range of important issues."
According to Mrs Maria Betti, Director of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability, "During the development and implementation of INSPIRE, the JRC has gathered a lot of experience on the implementation of infrastructures for geospatial and environmental data based on interoperability standards - on an unprecedented scale. The joint activities of the OGC and the JRC will be instrumental in feeding this experience into the international standardisation process.”
 
 

INSPIRE Public Consultation 2014 - Report of Findings

- Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The INSPIRE Public Consultation 2014 Report of Findings has been published.




INSPIRE 2014 Conference, Aalborg, Denmark, 16-20 June 2014 is only a month away!

- Fri, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The INSPIRE 2014 Conference, to be held in Aalborg, Denmark, 16-20 June 2014 is only a month away!  
 
The annual INSPIRE conferences relate to the “Infrastructure of Spatial Information in the European Community”, INSPIRE directive (2007/2/EC) which entered into force on May 15th 2007.  The INSPIRE Conference is a unique event that brings together  users,  technology developers, data providers and  policy makers from across the European Union to discuss all things INSPIRE and more!  Whether you are new to INSPIRE or an INSPIRE veteran the 5 day conference has something to offer you. 
 
This year’s conference, “INSPIRE for Governance”, hosts some 30 workshops, 5 plenary sessions,  and around 200 presentations in parallel sessions, a poster session  and exhibition.   The first 2 days are dedicated to hosted at Aalborg University, on the 16th and 17th June.   
These are follow by 3 days of plenary presentations, parallel sessions, poster session and exhibition at the Aalborg Conference Centre. on the 18th - 20th June.
The full programme is available on the INSPIRE 2014 Conference site. 
 
INSPIRE is completing its formative period, and like children at school has now to pass its mid-term exams. The Member States have provided their view on the implementation of the Directive, a public consultation was launched in 2013, together with an independent assessment of progress. These and other related evidence on the costs, benefits, and impacts of INSPIRE are being consolidated in a mid-term evaluation report. The draft report will be presented and debated  at the conference   in the Plenary 'INSPIRE at a crossroads?' on Thursday providing an excellent opportunity for all the participants to help its finalisation before submission to the European Parliament and Council. 
 
In light of the above, this is a conference you cannot miss!   
 
Registration
 is still open and costs 200€ for the 5 days. 
We recommend that you register as soon as possible to avoid problems with your hotel booking.
 
We hope to see you in Aalborg!
 
The INSPIRE Team
 
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