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Utilising highly interoperable harmonised INSPIRE web services to create pan-European datasets: an Example for the EuroGeoSurveys' European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI) using the INSPIRE Earth Science Thematic Cluster

Tim Duffy, Amelia Baptie, Diego Doce Diaz, Matija Krivic, James Passmore, Martin Podboj, Marcus Sen, Agnes Tellez-Arenas and Jorgen Tulstrup

(Submission #377)


The EuroGeoSurveys ( required to create a new pan-European dataset for 1:1 Million Surface Geology to be used alongside other pan-European datasets collated by other European wide projects such as Minerals4u ( in the new European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI)portal (

A pre-INSPIRE project called OneGeology-Europe ( had in 2010 created a harmonised Surface dataset for 20+ countries using globally agreed( and codes (old style URN's). With the subsequent publication in 2013+ of INSPIRE technical guidance to create highly interoperable data web services, INSPIRE registry served (new URI style) codelists (in 2015+) and with practical experience and support from the global Geology interoperable data exchange initiative OneGeology (, it was decided to encourage the creation of INSPIRE fully harmonised and conformant WMS and WFS web services by each National contributor by utilising as much as possible the existing 2010 harmonised datasets. These could then be relatively easily 'harvested' and combined into the required consistent harmonised dataset across Europe for this data.

The INSPIRE Earth Science Cluster Geology Sub-group ( was used to develop and document best practice and achieve concensus on how to produce these first Europe wide and consistent INSPIRE services. The problems, challenges, sources, tools and solutions to utilising INSPIRE published codelists across the Member States for the first time in a domain will be discussed.


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

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