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Challenges and issues of data transformation from heterogeneous sources in the example of creating an INSPIRE harmonized federal waterway network

Christian Schwartze

(Submission #144)


The German transport network of inland waterways is provided and updated semiannually by the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) and represents internal agreements by the WSV (Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes). This official geospatial dataset may be used as a core data component for transformation into objects outlined by the INSPIRE data specification on transport networks – not least to its manifold and position-related, detailed attribute information. In order to overcome the wide and not only line-based transport feature concept defined by INSPIRE, other data sources must also be taken into account. The WADABA (acronym for waterway database) for instance is a geodatabase containing facility sites or constructions along waterways that are either owned by the WSV or by any third party. Furthermore and in particular for INSPIRE compliant integration of additional data like marinas, harbour equipment or ferries, the developed workflow incorporates information from the Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENC) and uses transport network data from the BSH (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie). The latter is essential to meet the offshore requirements specified by the INSPIRE data model. Apart from the procedures and steps needed to harmonize the mentioned resources, also obstacles and conventions will be introduced.


Topic Area:  [2.4] Technical standards: Challenges and approaches to the standardization of spatial data and services
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Comments:   water transport network, waterways, data transformation

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