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UN-GGIM: Europe core data to complement the INSPIRE framework

dominique laurent

(Submission #240)


The INSPIRE Directive has set up the legal and technical framework for harmonising the existing data related to the themes of annexes I, II and III. INSPIRE specifications provide common data models that ensure the first step towards interoperability; However, as most of the features and attributes of these data models are “voidable”, it is likely that different INSPIRE datasets will not be homogeneous in their content and level of detail. This background led the UN-GGIM: Europe Regional Committee to setup in 2014 the Work Group A (WG A) on Core Data to deal with core data specifications and quality, production issues, funding and data availability. Core data specifications will complement the INSPIRE initiative by defining the priorities on the core content that will be recommended to be made available, either by harmonising existing data when practicable or by producing new data when necessary. The first phase of WG A has been to define core data themes among the 34 INSPIRE themes. To carry out this selection of core data themes, WG A applied a methodology consisting mainly in a bottom-up approach based on identifying user needs, with focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by Member States in the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore, defining the core data scope has consisted in selecting the INSPIRE themes that are the most widely required by the SDGs. As a result, 13 INSPIRE themes have been considered as core:

- INSPIRE Annex I: Geographical Names; Administrative Units; Addresses; Cadastral Parcels; Transport Networks; Hydrography.

- INSPIRE Annex II: Elevation; Land Cover; Orthoimagery.

- INSPIRE Annex III: Statistical units; Buildings; Area management/restriction/regulation and reporting units; Land use. The next phase of WG A will be, for each selected theme, to decide on the technical specifications that should ensure homogeneous data on whole geographic Europe, from geometric point of view (e.g. homogeneous levels of detail) and from semantic point of view (e.g. mandatory content for the selected feature types and attributes). These future specifications should be profiles of the INSPIRE ones, they are expected to be both less demanding regarding the number of filled feature types and attributes but more demanding regarding the quality aspects. In addition, the UN-GGIM WG A work might feed other UN-GGIM initiatives at world level, such as the global Working Group on fundamental geospatial data themes.


Topic Area:  [2.1] Transnational SDI projects
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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