INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation

The purpose of the INSPIRE Directive is "to lay down general rules aimed at the establishment of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community". All infrastructures, and INSPIRE is no exception, require maintenance and evolution if they want to remain relevant for serving the purposes for which they have been put in place. Lessons learned by implementing the infrastructure need also to be taken into account to further optimise its performance in order to meeting its policy objectives. Setting up a framework for such maintenance, further implementation and evolution for INSPIRE is therefore a logical initiative.

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INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Framework (MIF)

The Commission, in agreement with the Member States, is therefore setting up the INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Framework (MIF), which is based on the same principles as those applied for its development. This MIF will have to address the following main challenges:

  • Be fully aligned with and interfaced to the ongoing development of the remaining IRs.
  • Be supportive to the further implementation of the IRs in the Member States.
  • Be responsive to lessons learned from the implementation (which may require modifications to the Legal Acts and Technical Guidelines and associated registers and tools).
  • Be comprehensive to ensure the cross-cutting coherence of the components of the infrastructure --- some of the issues resulting from implementation of the IRs may affect more than one INSPIRE component, e.g. data specifications and network services, and it is crucial that these are resolved and applied in a consistent manner.
  • Be flexible for taking into account requirements emerging from environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
  • Be adequately resourced and organized for dealing with event-driven requests and needs for maintenance and evolution.

INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG)

In the INSPIRE Committee meeting on 8 April 2013, it was agreed to set up a Commission expert group called INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG) with representatives of the INSPIRE national contact points. The tasks of the INSPIRE MIG shall be:

  • to bring about an exchange of experience and good practice related to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive and the Implementing Rules
  • to identify and give advice about the priority issues to be addressed in the maintenance of the INSPIRE Directive, Implementing Rules and/or Technical Guidance documents
  • to identify issues related to INSPIRE implementation (including, but not limited to, technologies, standards, methods, coherence across INSPIRE chapters and communication measures to be adopted) and advise the Commission on how to address them
  • to prepare and regularly update the rolling work programme for INSPIRE maintenance and implementation to be agreed by the INSPIRE Committee and the Commission

The MIG is structured in two permanent sub-groups focusing on technical (MIG-T) and policy-related (MIG-P) aspects as well as a number of temporary sub-groups focusing on specific actions defined in the maintenance and implementation work programme (MIWP).

The basis of the work of the MIG and its sub-groups will be a common work programme that will be based on issues and change requests submitted by INSPIRE stakeholders. The MIG was formally established and started its work in October 2013.
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Pool of experts

The MIG will be complemented by a pool of experts drawn from the stakeholder community. The experts in this pool will be called upon when MIG sub-groups are formed to address specific implementation or maintenance issues, but will also provide the opportunity to reach out to experts involved or interested in particular aspects of INSPIRE implementation or maintenance.

The call is open to all individuals with a high level of expertise in one or several of the aspects relevant for INSPIRE implementation and maintenance.

The text of the call is available here.

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