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New release of INSPIRE registry service

- Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100

On 29 September 2014, a new release of the INSPIRE registry service has been published at This 4th release of the service and the underlying v0.4 of the Re3gistry software incorporate the feedback received during the public testing period between mid-July and 21 September 2014 as well as the recently proposed RDF format.

In the meantime, the JRC registry development team are already working on the next release of the software and the service, which will be released for testing in mid-November (see the development roadmap for further details).

INSPIRE Call for Facilitators ? Thematic Clusters

- Fri, 22 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.

Call details and on-line application

Deadline is: 19th of September 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

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

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.