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Implementation of an INSPIRE registry in France : state of progress

Etienne Taffoureau

(Submission #271)


BRGM (the French geological survey) is France's reference public institution for Earth Science applications. BRGM works on managing and delivering geosciences data to be used as support to decision-making for spatial planning, mineral prospecting, groundwater protection, pollution control, natural risk prevention and the characterization of local areas.

BRGM is managing the French GĂ©ocatalogue ( which collects information (metadata) and provides tools for harvesting, searching and consulting geographical information. It also provides a discovery service (CSW) which is harvested by the INSPIRE geoportal. In accordance with INSPIRE implementing rules, a national registry is implemented in the GĂ©ocatalogue infrastructure (, based on the Re3gistry software. This registry references codelists for data produced by French public authorities, in a distributed architecture based on thematic registers/registries (e.g. BRGM registry). It is also synchronized with the INSPIRE register federation (

The presentation aims to show the technical and organizational issues in implementing a national registry and explain how it can help organizations manage and use reference codes, especially in the context of INSPIRE.


Topic Area:  [3.2] Tools and technologies
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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):   No
Thematic specialists:   No

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