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News from the Observational Cluster

Katharina Schleidt

(Submission #207)


As dates for implementation of the various observational data themes covered by INSPIRE draw nearer, activity within the Observational Cluster has been picking up. This activity has also served to highlight various issues previously not identified within the Observational Themes. Based on discussions within the Observational Cluster, the currently relevant topics can be summarized within the following categories:

• Observational Model: The observational model from the GCM is utilized across various INSPIRE Themes pertaining to observational data. At present, we’re facing issues related to the suitability of the observation types provided, errors and inconsistencies within the constraints applied, questions pertaining to the explicitness of the FeatureOfInterest as well as options for specialization of the SF_SpatialSamplingFeature type;

• Result Encoding: Despite much progress there are still several issues pertaining to result encoding. These span from issues pertaining to the various coverage models required by specialized observation types over errors in some of the schemata provided to open points pertaining to out-of-band provision of result data;

• EF-Model and Schema Encoding: As work on EF encoding has progressed, redundancies within the data model have surfaced that should be addressed. Difficulties in providing valid data based on the very abstract geometry requirements (GM_Object) must be analyzed; solutions provided. In addition, the general issue of lack of guidance pertaining to referencing between features is of special relevance to the very interconnected EF Model; interesting discussions on possible approaches will be presented.

• IR Issues: Unfortunately, various errors occurred during the process of transforming the technical data specifications into the legal documents comprising the INSPIRE Implementing Rules; these pertain foremost to optional attributes as well as codelists. In some cases, workarounds have been provided. In this presentation a short overview of the Observational Cluster will be given, providing users with guidance on how to best utilize the information made available via this cluster in helping themselves to implement INSPIRE.


Topic Area:  [2.2] International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
Abstract Type:  Speed Presentation (5')

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   observational cluster, O&M, Observation, Environmental Monitoring Facilities, EF

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