INSPIRE News All the latest INSPIRE News en Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:54:01 +0100 INSPIRE News Survey on extending INSPIRE Data Models The implementation of INSPIRE is in progress. One of the challenges at the moment &ndash; at least in the Netherlands - is to decide how to extend the INSPIRE data models to be able to use the &lsquo;complete&rsquo; richness of the datasets currently in use.&nbsp; This invokes the questions: How to extend the INSPIRE data models in an uniform and standardised way? And are we able - based on the currently best practices in Europe &ndash; to develop a standardised approach with patterns to extend the INSPIRE data models?<br /> <br /> To answer these questions we need your help. We ask professionals all over Europe working in the field of INSPIRE and data modelling to fill in a questionnaire. This questionnaire is about experiences with data modelling and the possibilities to develop INSPIRE extensions. And of course to collect all best practises in order to study and develop uniform extensions patterns that already exist.<br /> <br /> This questionnaire&nbsp; is initiated by Geonovum (The Netherlands) as we see a demand in extending the INSPIRE data models&nbsp; for use in the data infrastructure of the Environmental Planning Act in the Netherlands. This new Act is a major user our INSPIRE spatial data infrastructure. This study&nbsp; is fully supported by DG Environment, JRC and EEA, who indicated this topic is important in the process of INSPIRE and the monitoring and the use of INSPIRE in reporting obligations for many European directives. The study is conducted by Wetransform.<br /> <br /> We would like to ask you to fill in the questionnaire online at: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> It will take 5 to 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.<br /> <br /> If this study does not directly touches your field of expertise, please ask your colleagues you know of dealing with the subject to fill in the questionnaire and forward them this request for information.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Thank you in advance for your support!<br /> <br /> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Remaining xml schemas and UML model updated In the <a href="">update of the xml schemas for INSPIRE data</a> on 30 April, the following schemas were not included, since there were a number of open issues that were still being discussed in the relevant thematic clusters:<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> These discussions have now been concluded, and the schemas have been published in the <a href="">INSPIRE schema repository</a>. This means that updated schemas are now available for all data models included in the Implementing Rules<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In parallel, an <a href="">updated version of the UML repository</a> has been published that fixes some bugs and updates the namespace and version tagged values to be consistent with the updated schemas. Note that this version includes updates for the packages included in the Implementing Rules, but not the extended models included in the TGs. Another release is planned towards the end of the summer, where the approved (IR) and draft (TG) applications schemas are cleanly separated and the version and namespace tagged values will be updated also for the TG application schemas.<br /> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 New release of the INSPIRE Interactive data specification Toolkit v1.1. New release of the <a href="" target="_blank">INSPIRE Interactive data&nbsp; specification Toolkit v1.1.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The major changes cover:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Introduction of new relevance rules applied to the results of the search engine in the Direct Search application.<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Search results displaying only unique Spatial object types ordered by the relevance categories. &nbsp;<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Addition of a new summary panel for all three applications.<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Improvement of the direct links to the INSPIRE Code lists register including code lists values.<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Improvements of the user interface.<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bug fixing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On behalf of the EC INSPIRE Team.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 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