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INSPIRE and eGovernment policies: a common governance for a wider public sector information infrastructure

Gabriele Ciasullo, Antonio Rotundo and Leonardo Donnaloia

(Submission #202)


The Commission report on the implementation of INSPIRE Directive and the MIWP 2017-2020 recommend to improve coordination between the INSPIRE implementation and eGovernment, open data and other relevant processes at national level. That issue is also addressed in the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 and in the new European Interoperability Framework that stress the need of using spatial data in digital public services to improve the eGovernment processes. In the context of the policies for the enhancement of national public sector information, the Agency for Digital Italy (AgID) has been engaging to improve interoperability of data and services, including spatial one, to align the process of access and sharing of information among PAs and among PAs, citizens and businesses, within the broader European framework. That engagement takes shape in defining a wider public sector information infrastructure as knowledge base of all information resources also aiming to build a bridge between INSPIRE and eGovernment policies. The infrastructure is based on the integration of interoperable catalogues for open data, services and spatial data. It also includes common rules at organizational and technical level and common data models extending INSPIRE data specifications, applying the “once only principle” to avoid different data descriptions in different domains and to make available information already collected by public sector bodies pursuant to other initiatives, facilitating cross-sector sharing of metadata, data and services. To give an overview of that approach, two use cases will be illustrated: the new version of the catalogue for spatial data and its integration in PSI infrastructure and the extensions to the INSPIRE data specifications for the implementation of another EU Directive. The catalogue will include new functionalities mainly for further facilitating discovery, access and use of spatial data and services in a more user-centric approach, such as the use of INSPIRE thematic clusters as a search criterion, the export in several formats and the easier visualization and use of available services. Moreover, the catalogue will implement GeoDCAT-AP and include the Italian registry. The second use case concerns the definition of a data model on utilities networks extending the related INSPIRE data specifications for the implementation of EU Directive 2014/61/EU on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks. The Italian transposition law established the information system of the physical infrastructures, based on that data model, to allow the access to the information on those infrastructures of any network operator involved.


Topic Area:  [3.3] Alignment with national, EU and international policies/initiatives
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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