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Use case of INSPIRE data models to map EMODnet nutrients data, adopting and adapting SeaDataCloud solution.

Elena Partescano, Raymond Cramer, Alessandra Giorgetti, Lena Hallin-Pihlatie, Alessandro Sarretta and Dick Schaap

(Submission #36)


The Directive 2008/56/EC (Marine Strategy Framework Directive–MSFD) defines some obligations, in accordance with Member States (MS), for the implementation of strategies for achieving or maintaining good environmental status in the marine environment. One of these obligations, described in the Article 19(3), prescribes that MS shall make data resulting from Article 8 and Article 11 available in agreement with the Directive 2007/2/EC (INSPIRE). In this context, the Technical Group on Marine Data (TG-DATA), formed in 2012, has taken actions for improving the MSFD Art.19(3). The TG-DATA wants provide recommendations for the publication of datasets under the MSFD Art.19(3). These guidelines propose some examples and best practices (

Here we describe the example testing the application of INSPIRE Data Specifications to model nutrients data (MSFD Criterion D5C1 “Nutrients concentrations in water”) in the Mediterranean Sea. The use case builds on Technical Guidelines related to Environmental Monitoring Facilities (EMF) and Oceanographic Geographical Features (OF) themes and to the Observations and Measurements (O&M) data model and it is developed in collaboration with SeaDataCloud ( and MEDCIS projects (

The data used for this case study were provided by the Croatian Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, available on EMODnet Chemistry infrastructure. The metadata format is the SeaDataNet Common Data Index (CDI), while data are provided in Ocean Data View (ODV) format. The CDI provides an ISO19115 - ISO19139 based index to individual data sets. The solution developed and proposed in the SeaDataCloud project to deliver data in a INSPIRE compliant way was adopted and adapted.

The classes used in this work are:

The mapping between SeaDataCloud metadata and INSPIRE elements was done using source metadata the CDI and ODV for data:

This mapping has been developed using the matching tables for the EF theme, as improved by SeaDataCloud and uploaded in the INSPIRE Thematic Clusters platform:

A complete version of XML files are downloadable at the following link:, where an example of nutrients data acquired in Mediterranean is described by INSPIRE standards.

The exercise demonstrates the completeness of EMODnet Chemistry metadata with respect to INSPIRE requirements and the feasibility to map EMODnet to INSPIRE models. It shows that EMODnet platform could be used to expose monitoring data following Art.19(3), i.e. compliant with INSPIRE, when a centralized tool will be developed to convert formats.


Topic Area:  [2.2] International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

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

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