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Technological approaches to reuse INSPIRE in e-Reporting

Stefania Morrone, Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias, Darja Lihteneger and Giacomo Martirano

(Submission #273)


Environmental reporting is one of the original use cases behind the design of INSPIRE Directive. When the INSPIRE data specifications were developed, several reporting requirements were taken into consideration. To move forward into benefitting from INSPIRE in environmental reporting flows, a pragmatic approach has been adopted, addressing in a stepwise manner a few thematic areas (Air Quality, Industrial Facilities, CDDA). In order to best adapt to the specificities of each data flow, different technical solutions were applied, aiming at reusing country efforts in INSPIRE implementation and reducing fragmentation and costs. This presentation will provide a snapshot of the technical approaches to reuse INSPIRE in the abovementioned reporting areas, namely:

• “Integration”: the e-Reporting data model extends and integrates multiple INSPIRE Themes. This approach underpins the development of the current Air Quality Directive schema, which, from a technical point of view, imports INSPIRE Administrative Units, Environmental Monitoring Facilities and Area Management schemas. Relevant elements from INSPIRE data models have been extended to fulfil requirements from Air Quality Directive, whilst mandatory attributes stemming from INSPIRE have been integrated with the existing reporting requirements.

• “Extension”: the eReporting data model extends a single INSPIRE Theme to include the specific requirements stemming from the reporting. This approach underpins the development of the current EU Registry of Industrial Sites data model, collecting administrative data on E-PRTR facilities and IED installations. Technically, the EU Registry extends INSPIRE Production and Industrial Facilities according to rules in the Annex F of the INSPIRE Generic Conceptual Model.

• “Linked Approach”: the eReporting model references one or more INSPIRE models without extending them. Technically speaking, the environmental monitoring data not required by the INSPIRE data specifications is kept in external reporting files which link to INSPIRE resources to provide the spatial reference. The eReporting schema does not import any INSPIRE schema, but it includes information needed to refer relevant existing INSPIRE datasets. This approach underpins the development of the current CDDA reporting data model, referencing INSPIRE Protected Sites data.

The presentation will elaborate further on the benefits and challenges of the “Linked Approach”, as a modular solution which facilitates the re-use of datasets from several INSPIRE themes in a single reporting obligation and the re-use of the same INSPIRE dataset in several reporting obligations. Finally, the presentation will emphasise on the fact that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution and a case-by-case analysis is needed.


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:   Yes
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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