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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
provide an overall picture of the data-sharing approaches that can be found within metadata provided by the Member States, and accessible through the INSPIRE Geoportal;
highlight the user barriers to data-sharing by analysing this metadata; and
develop a number of good practices for overcoming the identified barriers.
Topic Area: [3.5] Best practices Abstract Type: Oral Presentation
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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