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One of the actions proposed under the MIG activity on "fitness for purpose" is to make the INSPIRE technical guidance (TG) documents, in particular the data specifications, more easily readable and more catered for different readerships, e.g. by providing some high-level "master guidance" for managers or "INSPIRE for beginners" guidelines for implementation newbies.
At the same time, the many individual artefacts that are part of or complement the TG documents are assembled (e.g. UML class diagrams, feature catalogues, code list values, xml schemas and Abstract Test Suites), which are managed in a variety of systems and tools, make the maintenance and updating of the TG documents very difficult and error-prone. This has been illustrated by the recently published corrigenda and a number of further issues that have been highlighted in the Thematic Clusters, many of them about inconsistencies between the TG documents and other artefacts.
The presentation will shortly introduce a demonstrator of a new system and procedure for more easily maintaining and versioning all INSPIRE TG documents and the related artefacts in the future. The main goals in the design of the demonstrator are:
Improving the level of automation in the workflow when implementing a change request to a data specification;
Changing the monolithic data specification documents into a new, modular structure managed in an online repository to simplify editing and reuse of resources (e.g. to generate different document content for different readership) as well as to enable direct links to elements in a data specification; and
Taking the existing data specification resources into account.
After the speed presentation, different proposals for additional versions of the data specification TG documents (for different readerships) will be discussed in the break-out group discussion.
Topic Area: [3.1] Fostering “Fitness for purpose” Abstract Type: Speed Presentation (5')
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