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Generating INSPIRE PLU data on base of the German national standard XPlanung

Kai-Uwe Krause and Joachim Benner

(Submission #200)


Land use planning in Germany is performed on different levels of the public administration, involving a large number of different authorities. For generating, accessing, visualizing and analysing digital land use information, a lot of different IT systems are being used. For an efficient E-Government, the interoperable and loss-free data exchange between these IT systems is indispensable. Therefore, in the last years a data exchange format XPlanung for spatially related planning information has been developed. It is based on the relevant German planning legislation on federal and state level, and tries to transform legal regulations into the classes, attributes and relations of an object oriented data model. Within the year 2017, the actual version XPlanung 5.0 is expected to become a German national standard, which must be used for the provision, exchange and storage of vectorially represented, georeferenced land use plans. This type of spatially related data of public authorities falls under the INSPIRE directive, and in future must be delivered in the INSPIRE data format for Planned Land Use data (INSPIRE PLU). Thus, it is necessary to transform German national planning information into the INSPIRE PLU format. Instead of implementing specific transformation capabilities into all different software systems in use, it is proposed to use the XPlanung standard as basis. This contribution compares the two data formats XPlanung and INSPIRE PLU, and depicts that an automated transformation of XPlanung data into the INSPIRE PLU format is principally possible. The two formats are both derived from the international geospatial standard GML 3.2, and have a similar basic structure: They represent different types of planning documents, which have meta data like plan type or spatial coverage, and which aggregate (1) the primary spatially related planning information (zoning elements), (2) spatially overlaying supplementary regulations, and (3) non-geometric planning data (documents, raster images, free text). By using the INSPIRE-PLU concept of national specific codelists for classifying zoning elements and supplementary regulations, it is possible to represent most (but not all) content of national planning documents in INSPIRE PLU. On the other hand, the European standard has a number of mandatory attributes, especially two Europe wide classification systems for zoning elements and supplementary regulations. For generating these classifications in a unique way, a specific INSPIRE profile for XPlanung needs to be defined, where some optional properties are changed into mandatory ones.


Topic Area:  [1.8] Spatial planning (land – maritime)
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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