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How can INSPIRE support building a Marine SDI in the Baltic Sea?

Manuel Frias, Florent Nicolas, Andzej Milos, Joni Kaitaranta, Henning Sten Hansen, Lise Schroder and Lena Hallin-Pihlatie

(Submission #100)


The Baltic LINes project (2016-2019), financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, aims at increasing transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) to assure efficient and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea space. Specifically, the project will develop planning proposals that countries around the Baltic Sea will include in their MSP plans in order to increase the regional coherence of the plans.

Today, Maritime Spatial Planners have to deal with the lack of up-to-date and relevant data and getting access to such data is fundamental to achieve plans of good-quality and of transnational coherence. The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) in close collaboration with Aalborg University, is developing a prototype web application to provide access to data and metadata stored in national Marine SDIs that is relevant from an MSP perspective.

The implementation of the INSPIRE Directive provides a backbone for the project by making possible the use of network services to access the relevant datasets from various national data providers. The prototype is based on OGC network services, namely Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). The majority of the available services are in place due to the implementation of the INSPIRE network service regulation by national data providers and authorities.

In this presentation, we will make a demo of the latest version of the prototype. In addition, we will bring forward the main challenges we have faced in developing the prototype—lack of data published in WMS and, particularly, WFS; lack of data harmonization across the region, for example in terms of semantics and language, etc. We will also present the solutions we have developed to cope with these challenges and we will provide some recommendations for developing transnational SDIs based on our experience from the Baltic LINes project. Finally, we will describe how the developed prototype will be used in upcoming projects in the Baltic Sea Region.


Topic Area:  [2.5] Local – Regional cooperation
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   Marine SDI, MSDI, SDI, tools, technologies, Baltic Sea, HELCOM, Helsinki Commission, Regional cooperation, MSP, Maritime Spatial Planning,

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