Closing Session - Towards a Common European Green Deal data space for environment and sustainability
Location Interoperability - Lessons learnt. Where next?
Increasing the location interoperability for better digital public service delivery was one of the goals of EULF, ARE3NA and ELISE actions supported by ISA and ISA² programmes. Under them, frameworks and solutions have been developed, providing recommendations and guidance for applying interoperability principles using location data in digital government. Moreover, tools are available to assess the level of adoption of those practices in the Member States. The workshop will reveal lessons learnt through these actions and discuss how to efficiently use them in the upcoming ELITE action supported by DIGITAL programme.
Past, present and future of INSPIRE: an industry perspective
Joeri Robbrecht - (ENV)
Several major players from the Geo-Industry will give their view on the past implementation of the INSPIRE Directive, its added-value and shortcomings. They will also get the opportunity to give their perspective on how the Directive should be further developed in the future from a business perspective and how their products will contribute to a future data ecosystem aligned with the European ambition for a common dataspace.
Past, present and future of INSPIRE: the policy perspective
Joeri Robbrecht - (ENV)
We will look back on the past implementation of INSPIRE and present the major findings of the evaluation of the INSPIRE Directive. This assessment of past efforts and current status will be complemented with a first reflection on the further development of the INSPIRE Directive as a key data sharing instrument for bringing green and reference data into the European common data space.
Statistics and geospatial information – supporting the European Green Deal with data and knowledge
Hannes I. Reuter - Eurostat
The session will share the knowledge developed in the networks of the UN-GGIM: Europe, the National Statistical Institutes (NSI) and National Mapping Agencies (NMA) towards stronger implementation of geographical information together with statistical applications, especially supporting the European Green Deal. Presentations will touch upon several themes – from the national to the European perspective.
Following the session, the attendances should get a good overview of the current state of play of Statistics and Geographic Information, and understand how to approach the respective organisations for future collaboration.
Additionally, a set of issues (lessons learned) in implementing the European Green Deal and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will be identified, and can be used as guidance for future developments in the European Statistical System (ESS) and NMAs.
Methods and perspectives of geospatial statistical data
integration – observations from the taskgroup UN-GGIM:
Nathalie Delattre (National Geographic Institute, Subgroup
Leader UN-GGIM: Europe WG on Data Integration);
Markus Jobst (Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying)
Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu (Federal Agency for Cartography and
Geodesy, Chair of UN-GGIM: Europe WG on Data Integration);
Hannes I. Reuter (Eurostat)
In a data-rich world, the combination of information coming
from different data sources and domains allows for
comprehensive and new insights. Especially different data
themes from statistics need to be georeferenced by
fundamental geographies and therefore enable geospatial
statistics. Differing data structures, organizational
issues, legal constraints and specific technical encodings
are well known barriers that prevent from successful data
Modern approaches integrate various data by the use of
common- as well as domain-centric semantics. This method of
“Linked Data” could be seen as the key enabler for data
integration. It is therefore a good starting point to
enhance the perspectives and requirements for data
integration in terms of a geospatially enabled knowledge
As the technology and methods of data integration are
rapidly evolving, an evaluation of the actual situation in
Europe and its global perspective indicates urgent
requirements that are needed to enable cross-domain data
integration. New roles within the interaction of data
spaces show up, like the ones of the data broker or
persistent identity management. On this basis of new
requirements, data integration facilitates the
decision-making process of the countries, governs for new
approaches in data capture, creation, maintenance and
This contribution of the UN-GGIM:Europe Working Group on
Data Integration aims at identifying state-of-the-art
methods of data integration and highlighting the most
relevant aspects on the basis of national examples and
ongoing developments in the European region. In the light
of this analysis illuminating the data integration barriers
from a more technical point of view, the WG addresses
recommendations in order to help decision makers in their
future planning within their organisations.
Geospatial View of Generic Statistical Business Process
InKyung Choi (UNECE)
Statistical data combined with location information can
provide critical knowledge through the integration with
other data in the data ecosystem to understand
multi-faceted issues of the current society. To address the
information needs of the users in an increasingly complex
and intertwined society, there is a great need for
statistical data to be geospatially enabled using
consistent and common geographies, in an accessible and
The production of geospatially enabled statistics should be
a routine operation for statistical organisations, and as
pandemic highlighted, statistical organisations should be
prepared to produce them in an efficient and timely manner.
To ensure this occurs, geospatial-relevant activities and
considerations should be integrated into the regular
production processes of statistical organisations, so that
the design and production of geospatially enabled
statistics can be conducted in a systematic and consistent
Using two global frameworks, Global Statistical Geospatial
Framework (GSGF) and Generic Statistical Business Process
Model (GSBPM), the Geospatial Task Team under the
Supporting Standards Group of the High-Level Group on the
Modernisation of Official Statistics (HLG-MOS) developed a
Geospatial view of GSBPM. It describes geospatial-related
activities and considerations needed to produce
geospatially enabled statistics using the structure of
GSBPM while taking into account GSGF principles so that the
resulting statistics have a higher level of standardisation
and geospatial flexibility, as well as a greater capacity
for data integration.
The presentation will provide background and overview of
the Geospatial view of GSBPM.
Activities zones in Sweden – a way to define clusters
and industrial land use based on land use type and
Activities zones are a new type of geographic delimitations
in Sweden, produced during a two year project with
co-funding from Eurostat, and published by Statistics
Sweden in November 2020. The activities zones provide a
comprehensive description of the economy and its relation
to land use. More than 3 400 activities zones were
delineated, including more than 68 000 local units in which
there are more than 1.6 million employed persons.
The aim of the activities zones project was to establish
new delineations based on a continuous, automated regular
update workflow, combining data from the Business register
with land use and cadastral information, in practice
showing the “footprints” of economic activity on land.
Activities zones refer to geographical areas characterized
either by a concentration of local units (cluster
formation) in the zone, or by large scale and industrial
land use in the zone, which has at least one local unit. An
activities zone can include activities such as industry and
business parks, colleges, universities, hospitals, or large
land areas with airports, mines and quarries.
New and improved tools for spatial statistics
Mirosław Migacz, Klaudia Peszat
Developed since 2011 and officially launched in 2013, the
Geostatistics Portal is the place, where statistical data
users can find everything they need to visualize data on
thematic maps. Though the system was initially built for
disseminating census results, the data scope and tool
variety is growing since the launch.
In 2020 Statistics Poland launched a new project called
“Spatial Statistical Data in the Information System of the
State” Project (PDS). The project focuses on upgrading two
existing e-services – Geostatistics Portal web and mobile
versions – and building three completely new e-services for
advanced statistical data processing: Exploratory
geostatistical data analysis, Geostatistical modelling and
Semi-automated user content enrichment. The development of
these services will result in the possibility of
identifying, describing and visualising the spatial
distribution of the analysed data, establishing spatial
relations, correlations and clusters, examining the spatial
heterogeneity or autocorrelation, and building the
The new functionalities will be available to advanced
users, but also to users without specialist knowledge in
the field of statistical analyses. The implementation of
automatic content analysis mechanisms (i.e. "text mining")
and usage of metadata describing geostatistical analyses
available in the PDS system, will provide users with the
possibility of supplementing their own text with graphic
The new PDS system is scheduled to launch in October 2021
and will replace the existing Geostatistics Portal.
The session will conclude with a number of issues
identified during the session. Participants are expected to
contribute to this.
Data exchange and harvesting - e-Reporting and thematic portals
Darja Lihteneger - EEA
Stefan Jensen - EEA
Session will present the latest findings in data exchange between public authorities for different use cases, European and national, and technology used. The presentations will focus on implementation of reporting data flows, reporting infrastructure Reportnet 3, data harvesting solutions and challenges (e.g. data harvesting options in Reportnet 3, data availability in the INSPIRE Geoportal, national data services) in the scope of European or national policies. The session will include time slot for interaction with audience.
Session title: Citizen Science and the Green Deal Data Space – what,
why and how?
Sven SCHADE - European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Jose Miguel RUBIO -European Environment Agency (EEA)
Timo Kark - Estonian Environment Agency
Ana-Maria - Olteanu-Raimond French Mapping
Maciej Truszczynski - Statistics Denmark
Hugo de Groof - European Commission (DG
Lionel Hertzog & Johann Heinrich von Thünen -
Institute Federal Research Institute for
Rural Areas Forestry and Fisheries
Ilias Iakovidis - European Commission (DG
Please describe your motivation for organising this session (what is
the common thread?) and why you think it will be a “not to be missed”
session for the INSPIRE 2021 Conference participants
With the increasing availability of data, and political priorities to
achieve a twin (green and digital) transition, the notion of a Green
Deal Data Space has been recently established. Discussing data spaces
in principle addresses two issues: data sharing and data use. Whereas
many of these discussions focus on partnerships between governments
and/or businesses, we fall short of an informed debate on the role of
citizens, and the valuable data that they might provide.
This session will start to address this gap by concentrating on citizen
science data. Together with practitioners, we gather representatives
from different public institutions – including Environmental Protection
Agencies (EPAs), National Mapping Agencies (NMAs) and National
Statistical Offices (NSOs) – to discuss the role and potential of
citizen science data – in particular, in support of the Green Deal.
Whereas we will learn about the positions and examples of these
institutions, we will also hear the immediate reactions and address
questions from the representatives of different communities (incl.
citizen science, data policy and INSPIRE).
The session will be organized in a dialogue that is open to all
participants, so that we create a unique space for an open and dynamic
discussion. In this way, everyone will be able to engage in the
dialogue, and to get answers to the questions that might have bothered
you already for some time!
The session will be organised as a dialogue, initiated by the
co-moderators. Representatives from the three distinct types of
national public authorities (environmental protection agencies, mapping
agencies and statistical offices) will present their perspectives in a
first block. In the second block of the session, members of different
communities are invited to share their reflections on what they just
heard. Those communities will include citizen science, data policy and
INSPIRE. Whereas questions from the audience can be posted via the chat
at any time, we will close the session with a third block in which we
open the dialogue to all participants of our session. We will close
with a few take away messages.
for 5 minutes
The Environmental Protection Agencies’
perspective on citizen science and data
Timo Kark, Estonian Environment Agency
for 5 minutes
The National Mapping Agencies’ perspective
on citizen science and data (tentative)
Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond, French Mapping
for 5 minutes
The National Statistical Offices'
perspective on citizen science and data
Maciej Truszczynski, Statistics Denmark
for 5 minutes
Reflection from the Citizen Science
Lionel Hertzog, Johann Heinrich von Thünen
Institute, Federal Research Institute for
Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries,
for 5 minutes
Reflection from the Data Policy point of
Ilias Iakovidis, European Commission (DG
for 5 minutes
Reflection from the INSPIRE community
Hugo de Groof, European Commission (DG
Supporting the Green Deal – Member State data from INSPIRE to Open Data and beyond
Ulla Kronborg-Mazzoli - Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency
Stefan Jensen - EEA
The session will be led by Member States and build on contributions by DK, FR, IT, MT, NL, SK around needs-driven data prioritisation based on INSPIRE and Open Data and selected other domain use cases. Short presentations will be complemented by interaction with the audience.
(The full storyline and template will be provided based on discussions amongst the participating countries late August/ early September.)
Metadata catalogues in Europe: present and future
Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias - EEA
In this session we will learn about implementation experiences within Member States, EU institutions and private sector, as well as news and updates from relevant solution providers and standard organisations. After a series of flash presentations, we will engage in a discussion with the speakers and the audience about challenges, opportunities and future trends in this domain.
Modernising INSPIRE within the European Green Deal data space – a technological and organisational perspective
Marco Minghini - JRC
Alex Kotsev - JRC
Friso Penninga (tbc)
In the light of the favourable policy, organisational and technological context, the European Commission (JRC and ENV) and Geonovum (the National Spatial Data Infrastructure executive committee of the Netherlands), have completed a new JRC Science for Policy report, summarising the lessons learned and defining a vision for the future of INSPIRE as the public sector contribution to the European Green Deal data space. The session will start with a short introduction of the findings and the vision. Then, a panel will follow that provides several different perspectives on how INSPIRE should remain fit for purpose within the new context defined by the European Strategy for data. In particular, the perspectives of standardisation bodies, open source communities, and national authorities will be provided.
Architectures, infrastructures and technological enablers for environmental data sharing
Josep Soler (tbc)
Juergen Mossgraber - Fraunhofer IOSB
Thorsten Reitz, - WeTransform
Jari Reni - NLS Finland
The session will elaborate on approaches for scaling and streamlining environmental data sharing in a sovereign, decentralised and sustainable manner. Particular emphasis will be put on the work of the GAIA-X initiative for a federated cloud-based infrastructure, and the newly established activities of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) for the environmental data ecosystem.