INSPIRE News All the latest INSPIRE News en Fri, 22 May 2015 13:28:15 +0100 INSPIRE News INSPIRE Interactive Data specification Toolkit V1.0 <strong>INSPIRE </strong><strong>Interactive </strong><strong>Data Specification Toolkit V1.0</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We are happy to announce a new <strong>INSPIRE </strong><strong>Interactive</strong><strong> Data Specification Toolkit</strong> that offers INSPIRE data providers two new applications to support them in the implementation of the INSPIRE data specifications.<br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The application<a href=""><strong> Data Specifications</strong></a> facilitates the reading of INSPIRE Data Specification &ndash; Technical Guidelines documents by enabling to study only selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation. Furthermore the selected parts can be compared with the same parts (e.g. Use case descriptions) from up to 3 data themes.<br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The application<a href=""><strong> Find your scope</strong></a> supports data providers with identification of the INSPIRE spatial data themes and spatial object types that are relevant to the dataset(s) they administer. This application, providing two ways to find the relevant INSPIRE spatial object types, is foreseen to be useful especially in situations when datasets fall under two or more INSPIRE data themes / application schemas.<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>This application was developed in the framework of the official EU INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Framework (MIF) and was supported by </em><em>ARE3NA</em><em>, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme. </em><br /> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Updated xml schemas for INSPIRE Data On the 30th April we published updated versions of the xml schemas for INSPIRE data. These updates were necessary in order to make the schemas consistent with the changes introduced in the amendment of the Implementing Rules (Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2013) and the corresponding data specifications Technical guidelines.<br /> <br /> In particular, the new schemas<br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; reflect the changes made on Annex II+III candidate types and placeholders<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; include an additional data model for Maritime Units<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; now use a common approach for encoding code list values (as references to the values in the INSPIRE registry)<br /> <br /> In order to have a coherent set of schemas (including the references between them), all INSPIRE schemas (for Annexes I, II and III) were updated.<br /> <br /> The old schemas will still be maintained for a limited time (until at least April 2016), i.e. minor updates or bug fixes agreed by the MIG will still be implemented for both versions. However, we encourage all data providers to use to new set of schemas for implementation from now on.<br /> <br /> Detailed documentation of the approach taken for the schema update, the implications for data providers and instructions for migrating existing data from the current to the new schemas will be made available in the coming weeks on a <a href=" " target="_top"><u>dedicated page on the INSPIRE web site</u>.</a><br /> Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Annex II+III amendment to Implementing Rules on the interoperability of spatial data sets and services published On 10th of December, <a href="" multilinks-noscroll="true">Regulation (EU) No 1253/2013</a> (the Annex II+III amendment of the Implementing Rules on interoperability of spatial data sets and services) was published in the Official Journal. At the same time the Technical Guidelines for<a href=""> Annex II and III</a> were published on the INSPIRE site. The legal act complements other <a href="" multilinks-noscroll="true">INSPIRE legal acts</a> and standards, that together form the basis of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) that Directive 2007/2/EC envisions.<br /> <br /> As probably the world&rsquo;s single largest data harmonization effort for environmental information, the new Regulation is a milestone in the development of INSPIRE. It is the result of effort of hundreds of experts from across Europe that have been working together for several years to agree common definitions in important policy areas such as energy, climate change, biodiversity, the marine environment, and human health.&nbsp; The European Commission INSPIRE team would like to express gratitude to the experts who participated in the development of the Technical Guidelines and to those stakeholders who participated in the consultations and testing.<br /> <br /> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Annex II+III amendment to Regulation on the interoperability of spatial data sets and services adopted Date: 21/10/2013<br /> <br /> Today the Commission adopted the amendment to the Regulation on the interoperability of spatial data sets and services regarding the Annex II+III spatial data themes. The Regulation will be published in the Official Journal in the coming weeks Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New GCM version - including guidelines for implementing identifiers using URIs A new version of the INSPIRE Generic Conceptual Model (GCM) - version 3.4rc3 (release candidate 3) has been published on the <a href="">INSPIRE web site</a> . This version is consistent with the draft amendment of the Implementing Rules for interoperability of spatial data sets and services that was adopted by the INSPIRE Committee on 8 April.<br /> <br /> The new version of the GCM contains a new informative Annex on the implementation of identifiers using URIs in INSPIRE. The annex provides some background and guidance regarding identifiers and the deployment of URIs within INSPIRE for spatial objects and other resources such as code list values and coordinate reference systems. In addition, a FAQ page around implementing ids using URIs in INSPIRE has been set up at<a href=""></a>. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Favourable opinion from INSPIRE Committee on INSPIRE Annexes II and III We are pleased to announce that on 8 April 2013 the INSPIRE Committee gave a unanimous favourable opinion on the proposed legislation for the harmonisation and interoperability of 25 data themes in INSPIRE Annexes&nbsp;II and III. This is an extremely important milestone for environmental data management in the European Union. The proposal will now be submitted for the scrutiny of Parliament and Council.<br /> <br /> The INSPIRE Team would like to thank all the members of the Thematic Working Groups and also those experts who participated in the consultation, testing and user requirements survey.<br /> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100