INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Defra SPIRE Data Working Group
Mission and Objectives: 
To provide a forum to enable data sharing between Defra Network (see Mandate) organisations and the sharing of expertise and resources in order to drive forward improvements in data quality, storage, licensing and dissemination thereby delivering the aim and objectives of the Shared Spatial Information Services (SPIRE) Project (see Mandate). Objectives: • To ensure SPIRE is provided with data to current agreed standards and to time. To work with Data Providers to raise the SPIRE data standards for geometry, attributes and metadata • To align standards improvements with those of the INSPIRE Directive • To provide shared responses to consultations on INSPIRE draft Implementing Rules and submit lessons learned from the Defra network perspective via the SDIC route To represent the views of SPIRE data providers at the SPIRE Programme Board. • To Discuss best practice in spatial management and promote the cultural change necessary for improved GI. For members to act as GI data champions within their organisation. • To identify issues and barriers to data provision and help individual providers and SPIRE work through those. • For each member organisation to sign a Data Sharing Protocol with SPIRE
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
The DWG is a sub group of the SPIRE Project. The Shared Spatial Information Services (SPIRE) Project has a vision to implement aspects of the Defra Network (Defra is the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. see Geographic Information (GI) Strategy, aiming to improve the accessibility of GI leading to its wider use within the Defra Network, to enable better performance towards strategic outcomes and to support evidence based policy making, policy delivery and monitoring and emergency response. SPIRE currently delivers: • spatial data to agreed standards via an online Portal with a data download facility. • metadata for every layer. • Ordnance Survey MasterMap, SeaZone Hydro-Spatial and UKP Aerial Photography contextual datasets. • access to spatial data via local desktop GI tools using a Web Map Service (WMS). • provision of business support
Workshops, and email / phone correspondence where appropriate. Also see Mission and Objectives
Below is a list of direct members and data providers to SPIRE: Defra Core Department: Natural Environment Group (NEG) Network: Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Central Science Laboratory (CSL) Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) Environment Agency (EA) Forestry Commission Natural England (NE) Natural England GENESIS Natural England MAGIC Rural Payments Agency (RPA) External AEA Technology British Geological Survey (BGS) British Energy British trust for Ornithology (BTO) Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) English Heritage (EH) FRS Marine Lab Hertfordshire County Council IBM Infoterra Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Landmark Information National Trust National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Ordnance Survey Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scottish Executive Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Division (SEERAD) Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) / JNCC / Sea Watch Foundation Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) Woodland Trust

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

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Great Britain
    Societal Sector
    UK Central Government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Involvement in UK standards groups including UK GEMINI, application of attribute, metadata and geometric standards in practice, development of data sharing protocols / usage agreements
    Environmental application domains
    Climate change and energy, Sustainable consumption and production, Protecting the countryside and natural resource protection, Sustainable rural communities, A sustainable farming and food sector including animal health and welfare
    Primary Business
    Environment, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management