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Good practices for licences – overcoming usage barriers for INSPIRE data

Lorena Hernandez, Vanda Nunes de Lima and Robin S. Smith

(Submission #129)


In a short period of time, we have witnessed an increasing proliferation of (geospatial) data, thanks to initiatives such as the re-use of public sector information (PSI) and Open Data initiatives. Paradoxically, not all this data is necessarily ready and easy to be re-used, especially when combining it with other data sources. While technical interoperability barriers such as formats or access control mechanisms are often cited, the variety of applicable data policies may present an even bigger barrier to data reuse.

The INSPIRE Directive has helped to enhance access to harmonised geospatial data with a direct or indirect impact on the environment, requiring the Member States to adopt measures for the sharing of spatial datasets and services between public administrations. However, although INSPIRE supports open government principles and ’open data’ initiatives, the Directive has not specified a common data policy. As a consequence, users are now faced with a complex ecosystem of data policies reflecting the current practices of the thousands of data providers within the scope of the Directive.

In our presentation, we will

The presentation relies on the technical report ‘Study of the terms of use applied in the INSPIRE resources and their usability barriers’ performed under the Action 1.17, A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARENA) under the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme.


Topic Area:  [3.5] Best practices
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   This presentation will be part of a session on support activities of the European Commission for INSPIRE implementers

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