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INSPIRE – Bridge between eGovernment and Environmental Applications – Czech Use Cases

Jiri Polacek

(Submission #140)


Beginning of the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in the Czech Republic coincides with preparation for launch of the pillar of the Czech eGovernment – System of Basic Registers. Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre (ČÚZK) was entrusted with operation of the basic Register of Territorial Identification, Addresses and Real Estates, which contains all spatial data required by other registers. This data are almost identical with INSPIRE themes Cadastral Parcels, Buildings, Addresses and Administrative Units. At that time important logical decision was made – to use INSPIRE network services as a part of the technological infrastructure of the Czech eGovernment. This decision significantly accelerated especially the implementation of view services; some of them were launched in a non-harmonized form already in 2008, the other in 2011. Download services were being implemented step by step since 2012 to 2015. Final form of the network services was significantly influenced by the needs of eGovernment, and that is why they are provided: • in an on-line mode, • free of charge and without need of registration (including download services). These services have been in the long term provided in a high quality, their availability and responses are subjects of repeated independent benchmarks. As a result they are used not only in a set of applications run by ČÚZK, but also in hundreds of applications of external users both from public administration, commercial sector and general public. A greater part of this contribution is focused on real use cases linked with environmental, public administration and other issues. Selected examples combine above mentioned network services with other issues such as natural risk (flooding areas, contaminated places, geology, etc.), forest management, national heritage monuments, municipality information systems (including cross-border cooperation), Open Street Map etc. Finding these examples of use was not trivial because open network services do not require any registration. Fortunately there is a set of applications sending us URL when using network services. During March 2017 we received more than 1000 such URL and were able to select the most interesting examples of Best Practices. Another part of this contribution is dedicated to the experience with the operational run. Long-term monitoring of network services shows that real need of network (especially view) services is much higher than availability parameters defined by INSPIRE Implementing Rules. Operation of free INSPIRE services brings many challenges. Load statistics and examples of obstacles are also presented.


Topic Area:  [1.15] Other e-Government applications
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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