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INSPIRE for Children

Giacomo Martirano, Thorsten Reitz and Anida Jusufovic

(Submission #281)


We, the INSPIRE community, often face challenges and doubts when building the infrastructure. Some even doubt the overall usefulness, citing limited usefulness, complexity and efforts. The core purpose of INSPIRE is to contribute to a better world: Better data access informs decision making, cross-border understanding, and a healthier environment. As such, INSPIRE is an investment in the future of Europe.

All of the authors are parents. Children want to learn about the environment, and we all know they have a never-ending stream of curious questions. We parents want to make sure they get to live in a peaceful, prosperous society and a largely intact environment. We wondered – can we use INSPIRE to answer their questions and to teach them? Can kids actually work with INSPIRE data, and if so, under which conditions?

Here are some of the many, many questions the kids came up with:

  1. Is the river in our valley clean?
  2. How dirty is the air outside?
  3. Where are the most rivers?
  4. What schools are there in my city?
  5. Are there any dangerous threats affecting our house?
  6. How big is our house?
  7. How far is the central railway station away from here?

In this session, we will show how children from different European countries explore INSPIRE spatial objects and their relationships in order to learn about the environment in which they live.


Topic Area:  [1.5] Public participation and active dissemination of information – citizen science and VGI
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Other_theme:   Children
Comments:   We originally considered submitting this as a workshop, but we think it might be hard to make a really enganging and interactive 180min sessions from the work we have done so far in this dieection. If you have any contributions and would like to build this into a workshop, let us know.

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