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How to extend INSPIRE to create added value?

Jandirk Bulens and Thorsten Reitz

(Submission #222)


INSPIRE implementation progresses in stages, with full compliance required by

2021. In the coming stage, harmonisation of the datasets lies in the focus of the member states. INSPIRE data specifications contain definitions for a common core of data. Many organisations use much richer data sets to support their own business processes. To transform this rich data ‘as-is’ into harmonized INSPIRE services that a lot of information is lost, and that INSPIRE services can then not be used for the organisation’s own purposes.

To keep the richness of data and to make INSPIRE data valuable in the organisation, the INSPIRE data specifications have to be extended, using the INSPIRE methodology. To support this common process, Geonovum and wetransform developed an INSPIRE Extensions Guidance. This guidance describes patterns to extend INSPIRE models.

Geonovum took the initiative for this study due to concrete requirements. In the Netherlands, a new spatial planning act comes into force in 2018. Through this new Environment & Planning Act (Omgevingswet), the government wants to combine and simplify the regulations for spatial projects. The aim is to make it easier to start up projects, such as the construction of housing on former business parks, or the building of wind farms. For this purpose a central information infrastructure is needed based on clear agreements and digital standards. This is in line with the main objectives of the INSPIRE directive. Extending INSPIRE seems to be the most efficient way forward.

In this talk, we present an overview of current best practices to create and use extensions on INSPIRE. We outline patterns to be used by data providers in extending INSPIRE in the harmonisation process. The talk covers the inventory carried out of model extensions, an INSPIRE based Model-Driven approach, the Extension Methodology, the resulting Pattern Catalogue and an End-to-End Tutorial Project. We share the conclusions of the study and give recommendations for follow up activities.

DG ENV, EEA and JRC support this study. It is done with the help of a European expert group providing feedback based on own experience and expertise. This talk is related to the workshop ‘INSPIRE Extensions: Guidance for building data models on the Data Specifications.’


Topic Area:  [2.9] Challenges and approaches to standardization of data and interoperability of systems.
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   This talk is related to the workshop ‘INSPIRE Extensions: Guidance for building data models on the Data Specifications. It presents the results of the study conducted by Geonovum and Wetransform of the pas half year. If feasible it would be good to cluster presentations related to INSPIRE extensions in a separate track.

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