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GeoDataStore; Governmental Spatial Open Data cloud storage and easy INSPIRE compliant metadata creation

Paul van Genuchten and Erwin Folmer

(Submission #307)


At the beginning of 2016 the Dutch SDI organisation ‘PDOK’ has released a cloud service to facilitate spatial open data publishing. PDOK is a cooperation of several public bodies: Kadaster, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the four big cities Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht, the Open Data project, the collaborating provinces unified in IPO and Geonovum. Each governmental organisation in the Netherlands can use the service to publish spatial open data sets. The goal of the project is to make data publishing as easy as possible, while being in accordance with the applicable open data standards (INSPIRE discovery/iso19139/GeoDCAT-ap). The developments are based on GeoNetwork opensource and made available on Github. Metadata is automatically extracted from any uploaded dataset or introduced as default values, so a user has to supply up to only 10 properties of metadata in an easy to use form.

The minimal set of metadata fields to be used is based on 3 aspects:

- Which fields are required by the iso19139 INSPIRE profile

- An analysis of which fields are commonly used in the dutch national catalogue

- Fields that facilitate the mapping to GeoDCAT-ap

In the presentation we’ll demonstrate the application, we’ll introduce you to the policy aspects that led to these developments and future steps of the project.


Topic Area:  [2.4] INSPIRE + Open Data + COPERNICUS
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional fields

Comments:   open data, metadata, discovery, geodcat-ap

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