INSPIRE Knowledge Base

EDINA

Description
Organisation: 
EDINA National Datacentre, University of Edinburgh
Acronym: 
EDINA
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
Support research, learning and teaching in the UK academic sector through the provision of online services. Notably, provision of core geospatial datasets/services to the UK tertiary academic sector
Formal Mandate: 
None
Mandate: 
EDINA is one of two Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded datacentres. JISC itself is centrally funded by the UK Higher and Further Education funding bodies. JISC has a mandate to provide leadership in the provision of ICT in the UK academic sector. Essentially, JISC provides infrastructure. EDINA is acting on behalf of JISC with respect to INSPIRE.
Activities: 
Academic sector. Provision of core geospatial datasets into the UK academic sector, eg, topographic data, geological. hydrographic, etc. Network of contacts with organisations involved in similar activities across Europe.
Membership: 
EDINA is formally acting on behalf of the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) with respect to INSPIRE. Memebership of this SDIC can be taken as primarily UK tertiary education institutions, eg, UK universities.
Comments: 
Our primary aim is to assist with representing academic sector interests with respect to INSPIRE. The trigger for registering as an SDIC is EDINAs participation (coordinating a UK contribution) in INSPIRE testing through the European Spatial Data Infrastructure Network (ESDIN) project.
Typology: 
Sectorial
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

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
  • 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
    National
    UK but also European interest
    Societal Sector
    academic
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Active within the OGC community and extensive use of OGC/ISO TC211 standards within the services EDINA provides to the UK academic sector. Specifically, EDINA has experience of setting up production strength services (using both open source and proprietary software) on top of core datasets, eg, UK NMCA, geological, hydrographic, etc.
    Environmental application domains
    By definition, the academic sector is cross disciplinary and covers all (or virtually all) environmental application domains
    Primary Business
    Education/research