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Reminder: INSPIRE-GWF 2015 Call for Abstracts

- Tue, 18 Nov 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 1st January 2015. 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

Call for participation for the INSPIRE MIG temporary sub-group on download services for observation data

- Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

A call for participation for the INSPIRE MIG temporary sub-group on download services for observation data  is now open.

The main objectives of the sub-group on download services for observation data are to take over the results of the ARE3NA study on an SOS-based INSPIRE download service (including an open source implementation of an SOS-based download service)  and propose to the MIG appropriate updates to the existing INSPIRE Technical Guidelines. Whenever relevant, the sub-group shall also test and create prototypes of information systems (e.g. SOS clients) to demonstrate the added value of the updates proposed to the MIG. The main outputs of the sub-group will be:

  • Updated TGs for INSPIRE download services, including sections on download services for observations
  • Updated TGs for observations and measurements (D2.9) (if required)
  • Example applications serving/consuming observation data through INSPIRE/SOS

Experts who would like to support the work of this sub-group  should reply to the recently published call for participation  and/or contact their national MIG-T representative.

Call for participation for the INSPIRE MIG temporary sub-group on registers and registries

- Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

A call for participation for the INSPIRE MIG temporary sub-group on registers and registries (addressing MIWP-6 of the maintenance and implementation work programme) is now open.


The sub-group should have the following tasks:

  • Provide requirements and set priorities for the development of INSPIRE registry and underlying Re3gistry software
  • Test new releases of the central INSPIRE registry service and the underlying software and provide feedback
  • Develop Technical Guidelines and Best Practices for both registries and registers, including registry federations connecting the central INSPIRE registry and national registries. These guidelines shall at least address the following issues
  • architecture for a registry federation
  • operational procedures for exchanging information between the central and the national registers
  • exchange formats
  • APIs
  • Metadata for registries and registers
  • Participate in a test-bed for connecting national registries to the central INSPIRE registry
  • Participate in technical discussions on implementation issues
  • Define procedures and decision-making rules for a control body for the INSPIRE Registry (with the possibility to form a separate sub-group if needed)

The main outputs of the sub-group will be:

  • a roadmap for INSPIRE Registry development
  • updated versions of the central INSPIRE registry
  • Technical Guidelines on how to set up registries and registers for INSPIRE (including connecting to the central INSPIRE registry), covering topics such as versioning, http URIs (while interacting with groups working on this topic elsewhere in the MIF)
  • a test-bed for connecting national registries to the central INSPIRE registry including test instances of national INSPIRE registries deployed in different participants' organisations
Experts who would like to support the work of these sub-groups should reply to the recently published call for participation  and/or contact their national MIG-T representative.

Version 4 of the INSPIRE Registry released

- Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

ARE3NA has just published v0.4 of the Re3gistry software, the tool that powers the INSPIRE Registry.

More details of the software release and the INSPIRE registry  can be found at this link:

MIG sub-groups on metadata and validation & conformity testing to kick off

- Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Two of the priority actions for INSPIRE maintenance and implementation, the work on an update of the Metadata Technical Guidelines and on commonly agreed validation rules and tools, will be kicking off in November. The work on both actions will take place in dedicated MIG sub-groups. Experts who would like to support the work of these sub-groups should reply to the recently published calls for participation [1] [2] and/or contact their national MIG-T representatives.

The sub-group on Update of the Technical Guidelines for Metadata will address a number of issues that have been identified during the on-going implementation in the Member States, e.g.:

  • A number of issues has been raised for the Metadata TG (e.g. issues concerning the metadata element useLimitation) that were not been fixed with the last update of the Metadata TG .
  • The guidelines for metadata for interoperability (aka metadata for evaluation and use) are currently contained in the data specifications rather than integrated in the Metadata TG.
  • The quality of the metadata harvested by the INSPIRE geoportal from the national discovery services is often quite poor, even if they are formally meeting the requirements of the metadata IRs.
  • The revised versions of the ISO standards on metadata needs to be addressed to give security in planning. Many implementations are based on the existing standards. Re-building these implementations would require an enormous amount of re-investment.
  • An analysis of metadata, which is created now with significant effort, should be made in order for the metadata to support additional use cases, than just the search for geodata and the allocation of information.
The main objective of the sub-group on Validation and Conformity Testing is the development commonly agreed European validation rules and tools for INSPIRE metadata, network services and data sets. The validation and conformity testing will be based mainly on the technical solutions proposed in the TGs. The sub-group shall be organised according to the following three main tasks:
  • Policies and procedures
  • Test development
  • Software development

[1] (Call for participation for the sub-group on validation and conformity testing)
[2] (Call for participation for the sub-group on updating the metadata TGs)

Call for expression of interest for individual experts and organizations to participate in the INSPIRE marine pilot

- Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC (MSFD) gives a formal reporting requirement on assessment, good environmental status, environmental targets, monitoring programmes and programme of measures that should be applied to marine (sub)-regions. MSFD article 19 includes a requirement that data used in initial assessments and stemming from monitoring programmes shall be compliant with Directive 2007/2/EC, Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).
Irrespective of any specific INSPIRE-related obligations in the MSFD, the INSPIRE Directive requires Member States to share spatial information in support of environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. The INSPIRE Implementing Rules legal acts address, among other aspects, metadata, network services, interoperability of spatial data sets and services, prescribing how this shall be done.
In order to facilitate the implementation of Article 19 of MSFD, the Commission, in collaboration with the European Environment Agency (EEA), and Member States representatives in MSFD working group on Data Information Knowledge Exchange (DIKE), decided to set up a pilot project to address both the MSFD and the INSPIRE requirements. The main trust of this pilot is to help Member States with the implementation of both Directives following a harmonised approach, taking into account other relevant maritime policies activities including the European Marine Observation and Data Network(EMODNet).
The pilot is included in the Commission-driven programme Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) of DG Informatics, as part of ISA Action 2.13 European Union Location Framework[1].
The pilot will run from September 2014 for a period of 16 months. A detailed description is provided in the Project Charter for the Marine pilot  publicly available in the CIRCABC folder of the 10th MSFD WG DIKE meeting:
The pilot is managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and supported by a Steering Board consisting of the relevant Commission Services and the EEA.
The pilot requires the participation of representatives of organizations dealing with the MSFD implementation, as well as experts from INSPIRE, the EMODNet, and the EEA. This document is a call for expression of interest to participate in the work foreseen in the pilot.
This call has two aims:
1.     To invite experts that are acquainted with – or have responsibilities for – MSFD-related data management and reporting obligations, to register as a Horizon 2020 expert so that they may be selected to contribute to the marine pilot under the conditions laid down for Horizon 2020 experts; and
2.     To invite organizations that have a role in the MSFD data flows and reporting to express their interest to participate in the pilot, to use the required data and to make the necessary transformation(s) to be in line with INSPIRE.