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Spatial Data Services Implementing Rules Adoption

- Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100

On the 10th of December, the Commission adopted the regulations containing the implementing Rules for the Spatial Data Services .
With the adoption of these regulations, the legislative development phase of INSPIRE is now completed and all implementing rules mandated by the INSPIRE Directive are available for the full implementation of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community and beyond.

INSPIRE Thematic Clusters collaboration platform

- Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Thematic clustersINSPIRE Thematic Clusters collaboration platform
We are pleased to announce the launch of the INSPIRE Thematic Clusters collaboration platform.

The platform is an evolution of the INSPIRE Forum and serves as an entry point for INSPIRE data providers, implementers and users to share experiences, best practices, raise questions and resolve issues in their thematic domains.

We have grouped the 34 INSPIRE data themes into 9 clusters of themes that are closely related. Each cluster has a facilitator whose role is to lead and participate in discussions, identify and facilitate sharing of best practice and key issues, identify relevant projects and software solutions.

This activity is part of the INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Framework, with the objective of supporting INSPIRE implementation in the Member States.

We invite you to join us on the platform and participate in the discussions relevant for you. Use the opportunity to share your implementation experience and/or learn from others about best practice in implementation and use of INSPIRE.

Reporting of Air Quality Plans and Programs in Europe: Guidelines for INSPIRE compliant data transmission

- Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The EEA Member countries have obligations to report on the assessment and management of ambient air quality on a regular basis. The data sharing obligations are thoroughly defined in the Commission Implementing decision (IPR) of 12 December 2011 laying down rules for Directives 2004/107/EC and 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the reciprocal exchange of information and reporting on ambient air quality. The IPR requires member countries to do this in accordance with Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community (INSPIRE).

The European Commission (notably the Joint Research Centre, and Directorate General Environment, supported by Directorate General Informatics), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and organisations in the European Union Member States (MS)  are collaborating on a pilot project for air quality e-reporting. The pilot project addresses a broad spectrum of aspects, ranging from INSPIRE-based reporting sheets, network services, guidelines, as well as software tools, all contributing to a long term solution for interoperable exchange of air quality data.

This report focuses on the solutions for a subset of the reporting obligations, namely the reporting of the air quality plans and programs, as defined in article 23 of Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Air Quality Directive) . It provides a step-by-step user guide for the deployment and use of the open source software developed for this purpose. The intended readership is people in the member states that are involved in the preparation and submission of the air quality plans and programs, at both national and sub-national levels. It also helps IT-specialists to deploy and configure the software tool within their organizations.

EULF Survey on Energy and location

- Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100

The key objective of this survey is to collect information on the actual and foreseen use of location data related to energy policies. The questionnaire is set-up to gather not only descriptive information on the current situation but also to collect information on examples, projects and initiatives dealing with both “energy” and “location”. After the analysis of the survey results, a survey report will be made publicly available on the EULF website, and interested respondents may be contacted for a follow-up.

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 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.