INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Mission and Objectives: 
Mission: Rich geological data assets exist in the Geological Survey of each individual Member State but they are difficult to discover, and are not interoperable. For those outside the Geological Survey, or nation they are not easy to obtain, to understand, or to use. Geological spatial data is, e.g. essential to the prediction and mitigation of landslides, subsidence, earthquakes, flooding and pollution. a Geology is a key dataset in INSPIRE (Annex II); it is also fundamental to the Annex III Themes of natural risk zones, energy and mineral resources. It is needed for the Groundwater and Soils protection Directives, the GMES and GEOSS programmes and for the development of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), being developed by the EEA. OneGeology-Europe will make geological spatial data held by the geological surveys of Europe more easily discoverable and accessible via the Web. Objectives: The project will bring together a web-accessible, interoperable geological spatial dataset for the whole of Europe at 1:1 million scale based on existing data held by the pan-European Geological Surveys. It will develop a harmonised specification for basic geological map data and make significant progress towards harmonising the dataset (an essential first step to addressing harmonisation at higher data resolutions). It will accelerate the development and deployment of a nascent international interchange standard for geological data – GeoSciML, which will enable the sharing and exchange of the data within and beyond the geological community within Europe and globally. It will facilitate re-use and addition of value by a wide spectrum of users in the public and private sector and identify, document and disseminate strategies for the reduction of technical and business barriers to re-use. It will address the multilingual aspects of access through a multilingual discovery portal. In identifying and raising awareness in the user and provider communities it will move geological knowledge closer to the end-user where it will have greater societal impact and ensure fuller exploitation of a key data resource gathered at huge public expense. The project will provide examples of best practice in the delivery of digital geological spatial data to users, e.g. in the insurance, property, engineering, planning, mineral resource and environmental sectors. Last but not least, OneGeology-Europe will see Europe playing a leading and pivotal role globally in the development of a geoscience SDI – a major and significant contribution to INSPIRE.
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
29 project partners formed into a consortium covering most European Geological Surveys and data providors of geoscience data.
Project split into 10 Work Packages who each have core team members provided by the consortium partner organisations. Critical Work Packages: - Use Cases and best practice in meeting stakeholder needs - 1:1 million pan-European geoloigcal data specification - Data inventory, metadata profile and multilingual discovery metadata - information specification, data model, interoperability and standards - web portal and registry development - Access and licensing protcols - Access to high-resolution and applied datasets in national and cross-border situations Each Work Package is holding workshops and technical meetings in order to meet the mission and objectives.
- 20 European Geological Surveys (data providers) - 7 sector representative organisations (EU national and local government, banking and property, environmental protection, sustainable groundwater and soils management, landscape and natural heritage, civil engineering, energy and mineral extraction, natural disasters and education and research) - an additional 6 non-consortium EU geological surveys - EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) umbrella organisation for all Geological Surveys of Europe

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Central, regional and local government, education and research, private sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    An average of 100 years in geoscientific data acquisition, archival, processing and dissemination of geoscientific data in Europe and abroad (mostly within the framework of cooperation projects with developing countries)
    Environmental application domains
    Soils, Water cycle; Geology/ Soils/ water interface; Mineral and Energy resources; Natural Hazards; Subsurface space use and management; development of clean processes
    Primary Business
    Diverse with geology as the core: knowledge, exploration and management of geological resources: soils, groundwater, energy (fossil and renewable), minerals, subsurface space for infrastructure development and/or storage - Identification and characterisation of natural hazards and mitigation of their impacts - Environmental Management - Development of clean technologies (soil and water remediation; waste and ore processing) - Earth observation and related technologies (geophysics; geochemistry; remote sensing) - Modelling - Software development - GIS development - Standardization of geoscientific data - Consulting / Technical services , Mapping , Research