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How to reuse INSPIRE by linking data through short URLs (CDDA reporting example).

Daniel Cocanu, Iurie Maxim and Sorin Rusu

(Submission #284)


Taking into consideration the INSPIRE immediate roadmap implementation milestones, Annex I spatial datasets will very soon be available in the European data infrastructure network. It is also expected that Member States, in their effort to meet environmental reporting obligations of spatial data, will increasingly use and re-use the relevant spatial data sets made available through the INSPIRE network. This paradigm shift, of re-using publicly available harmonized data, is also strengthened by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) decisions, which recently announced changes with the reporting data model on the Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA), changes which heavily emphasize the reuse of spatial information published in INSPIRE. Our hands-on approach with the current draft data model (available at for the CDDA reporting has revealed key insights into current limitations with the data model as published in the draft. The current data model fails to reflect the declared “linked approach” stated in the draft reporting specifications, being rather an extension of the INSPIRE ps:ProtectedSite feature type. Considering that only a part of the 39 states affiliated with EEA, and also reporting under CDDA provisions, are implementing INSPIRE data and web service specifications, it is mandatory for a common data model to provide mechanisms for true “linked data” and not just rely on extending existing INSPIRE data models. This presentation will feature an alternative model based on linked data, meant to accomodate all the 39 countries’ needs.


Topic Area:  [2.3] Technologies and tools to support implementing, using and assessing the technical implementation of INSPIRE
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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