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Validation of INSPIRE metadata, data and services

dominique laurent, Michaël Lutz, Carlo Cipolloni and Joep Crompvoets

(Submission #303)


The INSPIRE Knowledge Exchange Network of EuroGeographics, EuroSDR and the Joint Research Centre organised on 2-3 June 2016 a workshop about validation of INSPIRE metadata, data and services. This workshop was attended by around 60 participants, mainly data producers and software vendors. It was great opportunity to discuss the main issues and possible synergies related to INSPIRE validation in the Member States and at European level. The presentation will report about the main topics and conclusions of the workshop, including the following: • Why should we perform validation? On one hand, the purpose is to check if the technical requirements are met and so to ensure that the infrastructure will work; this results in binary answers, aimed at implementers. On the other hand, the purpose is to measure the conformance to INSPIRE; this should result in indicators aimed at decision makers. • How do we perform validation? Until now, each data producer has to choose from a variety of tools and methods providing sometimes contradicting results, as there is not yet an “official” tool at European level. However, considerable progress is expected from the outcomes of the MIG action MIWP-5. The action has so far analysed the available validation tools developed in Member States and at European level and produced the first draft of Abstract Test Suites (ATSs) for the technical guidelines related to metadata, data and services. The ATSs are managed in a Github repository to allow easy sharing and versioning when a Technical Guidelines will change. Based on the ATSs, commonly agreed Executable Test Suites (ETSs) will be developed, which, together with an open INSPIRE test framework, will be made available as a reference validator to INSPIRE implementers in the Member States. • When should we perform validation? Of course, validation has to be carried out at the end to check if results are conformant with requirements, but validation should also be performed early in the “production” process; for instance, validation is integrated in most metadata editors and in some data transformation tools. • What are the main issues? We have to deal with new (and sometimes premature) technologies at the wide scale of European Spatial Data Infrastructure. We are pioneers in this topic and we have to build our own capacity by learning-by-doing. Progress is expected from more user-friendly tools, providing more understandable error messages and more informative reports.


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

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