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How can INSPIRE improve the availability of geospatial data for the Copernicus services?

Jandirk Bulens, Johnny te Roller, Thorsten Reitz and Henrik Steen Andersen

(Submission #229)


INSPIRE is considered an important source of in situ data for the Copernicus programme and consequently for its users. Copernicus is a European Union Programme providing innovative earth observation systems and services and ensure Europe's independent access to environmental knowledge and key observation and geo-information gathering technologies. Timely implementation of INSPIRE will increase the number of available data sets and services relevant for the Copernicus services, facilitate discovery and access operations considerably, and consequently improve the Copernicus products. Since implementation of INSPIRE is in progress, there is still an opportunity to identify possible barriers against Copernicus’ full exploitation of INSPIRE. It is important to identify proper measures to close gaps between Copernicus use cases and the implementation of INSPIRE.

To verify how Copernicus services benefit from the implementation of INSPIRE, the EEA initiated the INScope project with the following objectives:

• identify INSPIRE data sets that meet the Copernicus in situ data needs based on the requirements for the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) and Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS); • show current and future availability and usability of INSPIRE data sets for the Copernicus in situ component as well as potential inclusion of data sets in the Copernicus Reference Data portal’s (CORDA); • identify possible gaps between Copernicus’ in situ data requirements and data offered via INSPIRE; • assess if these gaps can be closed in pace with the continued implementation of INSPIRE; • collect experiences as regards the implementation of harmonized INSPIRE data; • propose possible measures for streamlining and simplification of INSPIRE implementation.

The project started in April 2017 and will be finalized in September 2017 when the findings will be summarized and an outlook can be drawn. This talk will report findings and present conclusions and recommendations. This will cover the current use in Copernicus and related to this the (increased) use of INSPIRE data. If feasible, we will propose future measures to improve mutual benefits. The presentation will also draw Copernicus future scope requirements.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and assessments
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   Scope USE: Using INSPIRE for environment and the digital society

Note: This talk is coupled to the workshop “Has the Copernicus services’ access to geospatial data been improved through the implementation of INSPIRE?”. They can be followed independently and results of the workshop will be included in the talk

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