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Practicing INSPIRE coverages - Enhancing your raster and datacube assets!”

Jordi Escriu, Peter Baumann and Katharina Schleidt

(Submission #248)


Member States must provide INSPIRE compliant data by 2020 for data sets in the scope of Annexes II and III. This comprises many themes – Elevation, Land cover, Orthoimagery, Geology, Soil, Land use, Natural risk zones, Environmental Monitoring Facilities, Atmospheric conditions, Meteorological geographical features, Oceanographic geographical features, Energy resources, Species Distribution - for which raster data in coverage format plays a role, either as a requirement or as an option for data provision.

Therefore, coverages are widely adopted in INSPIRE as an interoperable way for providing observational raster data ready to be exploited through data cube analytics. In addition, other themes could profit from them where this was not taken into account during the data specification process due to the late maturity of the underlying coverage data models.

Several activities driven by the INSPIRE Thematic Clusters have been focused on identifying issues related to coverage data implementation and searching for viable solutions as part of a continuous process for supporting implementers. Many of these issues consist on clarifying how the conceptual provisions foreseen in the INSPIRE Technical Guidelines shall be implemented by using the OGC Coverage Implementation Standards (CIS).

Recently, the Webinar “Implementation of INSPIRE Coverages” was dedicated to summarizing the status quo and discussing on the remaining issues, whereby different alternative proposals were presented for dealing with them. As a result, a compromise solution based on the CIS v1.0 was selected.

The workshop proposed is mainly targeted to INSPIRE implementers, providing them with:

• Basic concepts about coverages and Web Coverage Services (WCS, WCPS), explained for dummies, including live demos to show the power and flexibility of spatial datacube technologies.

• A summary of the CIS evolution, including a comparative critical analysis of their different versions, ranging from initial coverage models to the current state of maturity with CIS v1.1.

• The full picture about coverages in INSPIRE, analysing their implementation status for all INSPIRE themes.

• Practical coverage implementation examples, in the scope of Elevation, Orthoimagery and observations and measurements data.

Ample time will be dedicated to interaction and discussion, giving the workshop participants the opportunity to compare and check their implementation cases with experts.

As such, this workshop constitutes a unique opportunity to ease coverage data and services implementation by the INSPIRE community, focusing on the key issues encountered by stakeholders, as well as discussing the future evolution of coverages within the INSPIRE scope.


Topic Area:  [3.3] Training and capacity building
Abstract Type:  Workshop

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   INSPIRE Thematic Clusters, Elevation, Orthoimagery, Observations and measurements, covarages, datacubes, datacube analytics, WCS, WCPS, OGC CIS, implementation issues, implementation examples, best practices, INSPIRE evolution, MIF


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