Data and Service Sharing





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    Data and Service Sharing European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union en Data and Service Sharing 29/03/2010
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    COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 268/2010 of 29 March 2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the access to spatial data sets and services of the Member States by Community institutions and bodies under harmonised conditions
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  • Technical Guidelines Annex I

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    Access to spatial data sets and services of the Member States by Community institutions and bodies DT Data and Service Sharing DT Data and Service Sharing en Data and Service Sharing 09/01/2013
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    Guidance on access to spatial data sets and services of the Member States by Community institutions and bodies under harmonised conditions
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    INSPIRE guidance document – Data and Service Sharing European Commission European Commission en Data and Service Sharing 09/01/2013
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    Examples of good practice in data and service sharing from various countries.
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  • Access to spatial data sets and services

    Access to spatial data and services constitutes an important basis for environmental policies for all public authorities and is therefore a central aspect of the Infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community. Since the Community institutions and bodies in most cases have to integrate and assess spatial information from all the Member States, INSPIRE recognizes the need to be able to gain access to and use spatial data and spatial data services in accordance with an agreed set of harmonised conditions.

    Implementing rules on data and service sharing

    Article 17(8) of INSPIRE Directive requires the development of implementing rules to regulate the provision of access to spatial data sets and services from Member States to the institutions and bodies of the Community.

    Principles for sharing of spatial data sets and services between public authorities within and Member States, on the other hand, are contained directly in the Directive; the definition of the concrete measures to be implemented to this end is left to the responsibility of each Member State and is not within the scope of these implementing rules.

    The Draft Regulation on INSPIRE Data and Service Sharing was submitted to the INSPIRE Committee on 5th of June 2009 and obtained a positive opinion. The final adoption of these implementing rules was subject to a regulatory procedure with scrutiny. The Commission adopted the Regulation EC/268/2010 on the 29th March 2010.

    The main points of the Regulation are the following:

    • Metadata must include the conditions applying to access and use for Community institutions and bodies; this will facilitate their evaluation of the available specific conditions already at the discovery stage.
    • Member States are requested to provide access to spatial data sets and services without delay and at the latest within 20 days after receipt of a written request; mutual agreements may allow an extension of this standard deadline.
    • If data or services can be accessed under payment, Community institutions and bodies have the possibility to request Member States to provide information on how charges have been calculated.
    • While fully safe-guarding the right of Member States to limit sharing when this would compromise the course of justice, public security, national defence or international relations Member States are encouraged to find the means to still give access to sensitive data under restricted conditions, (e.g. providing generalized datasets) Upon request, Member States should give reasons for these limitations to sharing.

    The implementation of arrangements in agreement with this Regulation follows a phased approach. As a basic rule, within 18 months from its adoption, all INSPIRE arrangements between European institutions and bodies and Member States must follow these rules; however, a transitional period is foreseen, which allows for a derogation to arrangements already in place when the Regulation enters into force.

    Guidelines and good practice documents

    In parallel with the definition of the formal Regulation, guidelines have been developed. They are intended as a document helping Member States to implement the Regulation on INSPIRE Data and Service Sharing, and also contain non binding instruments, such as model contracts, and illustrate related concepts such as framework agreements. A second supporting document provides examples of good practice related to sharing within and between Member States. A list of central issues has been established and for every topic criteria for good practice have been defined. Topics covered are e.g. transparency, framework agreements, coordination, charging mechanisms, public access etc.).