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Enriching statistical data with INSPIRE services - the case of SDMX and INSPIRE data infrastructures

Nadezhda VLAHOVA, Fabian Bach, Vlado Cetl, Ekkehard Petri and Hannes Reuter

(Submission #358)


Geospatial and statistical data and metadata are shared using different data formats, exchange methods and dissemination standards. In Europe, geospatial information is shared using the spatial data infrastructure INSPIRE while statistical information is exchanged following the Standard for Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX). Defining a mapping between these two standards is essential to support the combination by end-users or in machine-to-machine communication of these two types of information with the goal to create greater value for the data and produce integrated datasets. This would allow statistics organisations to enrich their datasets with geospatial information and re-use INSPIRE enabled tools and services to illustrate statistics in a visually enhanced manner. Eurostat carried out a successful pilot study to integrate INSPIRE concepts into SDMX in the context of the Census 2021 data collection. A mapping between the INSPIRE themes Population distribution and Statistical Units on the one hand and Census data and metadata modelled in SDMX for the exchange of census information on the other was defined and will be implemented in Eurostat's SDMX enabled data exchange infrastructure, the Census Hub. As a result Statistical Offices will implement the requirements from INSPIRE without disruption of their established production systems and without double data sharing burden for the Census 2021 data dissemination.


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

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No


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