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  • Ciprian SAMOILĂ
    Ciprian SAMOILĂ replied on the discussion topic Who has implemented the Species Distribution Schema? and who has struggled?
    I am struggling to write the logical and physical data model for an ESRI geodatabase in ArcGIS. While the specifications are not 100% clear, I am still wondering how I will implement the relationships between so many tables. view reply
  • Tõnis Kärdi
    Tõnis Kärdi added a new discussion topic PS data model regarding designations
    Hello,  Brian suggested that i took this to this discussion board.  Currently the PS data model is implemented as follows with regards to the PS site, its legalFoundation and designation: FeatureType ProtectedSite...
    • Johanna OTT

      Dear experts,

      a few months ago, Astrid Feichtner wrote "According to the definition, a legalFoundationDocument is a "URL or text citation referencing the legal act that created the Protected Site". The CI_Citation type of the ISO 19115:2006 (Corrigendum) standard (still referenced in the INSPIRE schemas) doesn't contain an attribute dedicated for the provision of an online resource on the first level. A URL is only foreseen on the fourth level - and here only for the contact details of a responsible party. In the new ISO 19115-1:2014 standard, the CI_Citation type was revised, now containing an onlineResource attribute. However, it has become even more complex."

      Wouldn't it be possible to use a string containing a URL and provide it via the attribute "otherCitationDetails" of CI_Citation or are there any other news on how to deal with the legalFoundationDocument-attribute?

      Kind regards

      Johanna

    • Stefania MORRONE

      By Stefania MORRONE

      Dear Johanna,

      since the definition of the attribute  "otherCitationDetails is very generic i.e. "Other information required to complete the citation"  you can use it also to provide an URL referencing the legal act that created the Protected Site. It’s value added to the dataset.

      It should be clear, anyway, that the original problem addressed by Astrid still remains: although the legalFoundationDocument attribute definition states that the “legalFoundationDocument is a URL or text”, its data type (CI_Citation) doesn't contain the relevant attribute for the provision of an online resource !

      Therefore, I agree that 'the usage of the INSPIRE base type legislationCitation (cf. Generic Conceptual Model V3.4, p. 67) instead of CI_Citation as data type of the legalFoundationDocument attribute' would be more fit for purpose. Indeed, as Astrid said, 'even the very simple documentCitation type -supertype of legislationCitation- would suffice', since it contains the 'link' attribute whose definition is "Link to an online version of the document!

       

      Kind regards,

      Stefania

    • Iurie MAXIM

      Hi Johana and Stefania,

      Even if the definition of  legalFoundationDocument is "a URL or text citation referencing the legal act that created the Protected Site" if a data provider would provide only the URL to the legal act that "created" (established) the protected area/site, that link would not provide enough information for an user of the dataset.

      Lets assume for example that the link is pointing to an an PDF file or a HTML file containing the last legal act (in the language of the dataset) that is establishing the regime of protection to a certain site/area. Most probably that file will not be enough for an user of the dataset, as he will need to open and read the file in order to see that the PDF/HTTP file is referring for example the "Law 5/2000" or the "Governmental Decision 1052/2011".

      Most users, would appreciate the text "Law 5/2000" (even if written in the native language, i.e "Legea 5/2000") and not a link to a PDF/HTML file.

      The PDF/HTML file is useful, but for a much more limited number of users as for example the National Agency for Environmental Protection from that country or the MoE.

      Therefore I think that more important for the usability of the dataset is to provide information about the name of the legal act that establishes that protected area/site (type, number and year), rather than providing the link to a PDF file or to a HTTP page containing that legal act.

      As the definition of the legislationCitation can be changed/improved, I think that we should look at this option.

      As the legalFoundationDocument is a CI_Citation type, it would be good to have some guidelines in the PS Data Specification in order to understand at least the most important elements of the CI_Citation that are relevant/useful to be filled for the legalFoundationDocument. We spent a significant amount of time and had many internal debates about what elements to be filled in the CI_Citation element, what are they representing and what a user of the dataset would understand from each element of CI_Citation.

      Best regards,

      Iurie Maxim

  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Brian MACSHARRY added a new discussion topic Who has implemented the Area Management schema? and who has struggled?
    Who has implemented the Area management schema and who has struggled implementing it? If you have succeeded what feedback would you give? If you struggled what areas caused you problems?   This is a very broad theme with a whole host...
  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Who has implemented the "Species Distribution" schema and who has struggled implementing it? If you have succeeded what feedback would you give? If you struggled what areas caused you problems?   While the next Article 17...
  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Who has implemented the "Habitats and Biotopes" schema and who has struggled implementing it? If you have succeeded what feedback would you give? If you struggled what areas caused you problems?   While the next Article 17...
  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Brian MACSHARRY added a new discussion topic Who has implmented the Bio-geographical regions schema
    Who has implemented the Bio-geographical schema and who has struggled implementing it? If you have succeeded what feedback would you give? If you struggled what areas caused you problems?
  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Brian MACSHARRY added a new discussion topic Who has implemented the Protected Sites Schema? and who has struggled?
    Who has implemented the Protected sites schema and who has struggled implementing it? If you have succeeded what feedback would you give? If you struggled what areas caused you problems?    
    • Tõnis Kärdi

      The Estonian Environmental Agency in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment IT Center is currently undertaking the transformation implementation process. There are a few obstacles which I described the other day in another thread on this board (https://themes.jrc.ec.europa.eu/discussion/view/11598/ps-data-model-regarding-designations). To be more specific I'd like to present the case of Natura2000 sites.

      The data in the local national database is handled on a site-as-a-object basis, with the proposedSiteOfCommunityImportance (pSCI), siteOfCommunityImportance (SCI) and specialAreaOfConservation (SAC) designation dates as properties of this object:

      rahvala FeatureType
      
      id <int>
      geometry <geometry>
      site_id <string>
      timestamp_of_last_change <datetime>
      pSCI_date <datetime>
      SCI_date <datetime>
      SAC_date <datetime>
      [...]
      

      Now to consider an example with a couple of rows:

      id geometry site_id timestamp_of_last_change pSCI_date SCI_date SAC_date
      1 <geometryA> EE0040495 2014-11-26 14:13:17.00706 2011-01-01 2012-11-01 <NULL>
      2 <geometryB> EE0040432 2014-03-05 09:04:47.635268 2004-04-01 2007-11-01 2011-02-01

       

      These rows would translate to the harmonised PS data model psSite and psSiteDesignation tables as:

      Table: psSite   Table: psSiteDesignation
      namespace localId versionId legalFoundationDate   designation
      ee-something 1 20141126141317 2011-01-01   proposedSiteOfCommunityImportance
      ee-something 1 20141126141317 2012-11-01   siteOfCommunityImportance
      ee-something 2 20140305090447 2004-04-01   proposedSiteOfCommunityImportance
      ee-something 2 20140305090447 2007-11-01   siteOfCommunityImportance
      ee-something 2 20140305090447 2011-02-01   specialAreaOfConservation

       

      Now the issue that arises here is the question of namespace/localid/versionid uniqueness. There are a couple of ways I can see I could resolve this, all of which are "a kind of a hack":

      1) play around with namespaces and assign a separate namespaces for each designation, e.g ee-something-psci, ee-something-sci and ee-something-sac. This will entail administration overhead as this will not be a systematic approach with other designation schemes (CDDA, ramsar, helcom).

      2) present data only on one designation, e.g if a site has a SAC_date then it is designated as a SAC, if it has a SCI_date, it is designated as a SCI otherwise it will be a pSCI. This will entail that no pSCI data will be available for areas that are SACs or SCIs and no SCI data for sites that are SACs.

      3) void both legalFoundation* properties (with voidReasonValue=withHeld?) and present only 1 object-per-object transformation per protectedsite feature type. Considering the example presented, this means that I will have 2 rows in the psSite table, one for each site, and the same 5 rows for the psSiteDesignation table. This will entail that no data will be available for a site's legalFoundationDate/legalFoundationDocument.

      If I had to make a choice myself, most probably I would go with option 3) but I would like to hear other opinions. And possibly if there is anybody else in the same kind of situation what kind of approach have You taken/planning to take.

      Thanks in advance and best regards,

      Tõnis

  • Brian MACSHARRY
    For those users responsible for the delivery of nationally protected areas to the EEA fro the CDDA (Common Database on Protected Areas) data flow are you using the PS schema? If so what have your experiences been?
  • Brian MACSHARRY
    Brian MACSHARRY added a new discussion topic Discussion: Code lists for Data Specifications
    The code lists are linked directly to the Data Specifications -http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/ How have users found these codes lists in terms of ease of use? applicability?  
  • Darja LIHTENEGER
    Darja LIHTENEGER replied on the discussion topic Controlled activities
    Hi, Unfortunately, I don't have information about the XML schemas, maybe JRC could help with information on this. I checked the new code list register and all the code lists used in the Controlled Activities application schema are included. I... view reply
  • Pierre JAMAGNE
    Pierre JAMAGNE replied on the discussion topic Controlled activities
    Dear Brege and Darja,   thank you for the valuable information. I have seen the candidatecodelist and the controlled activities schema. But I have not seen the xml version of the latter. view reply
  • Pierre JAMAGNE
    Pierre JAMAGNE replied on the discussion topic Controlled activities
    Dear Brege and Darja,   Will the xml version also come?     view reply
  • Bregje BRUGMAN
    Bregje BRUGMAN replied on the discussion topic Controlled activities
    Dear Pierre, The codelists missing in de INSPIRE Registry are added in the new release candidate of the INSPIRE Registry. Including the codelists belonging to Controlled Activities. The release candidate of the INSPIRE registry is now available... view reply
  • Darja LIHTENEGER
    Darja LIHTENEGER replied on the discussion topic Controlled activities
    Dear Pierre, Application schema Controlled activities is available in the INSPIRE Consolidated UML Model. You can check the HTML view of the UML diagrams from the following web-site: http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/data-model/approved/r4618/html/ .... view reply
  • Pierre JAMAGNE
    Pierre JAMAGNE added a new discussion topic Controlled activities
    Hi, I want to register data on controlled activities but I do not find the datatype "ControlledActivityInformation" on the Inspire site as well as the code lists corresponding to the UML model p 40 of the DS. Does someone know where to...
    • Pierre JAMAGNE

      By Pierre JAMAGNE

      Dear Brege and Darja,

       

      Will the xml version also come?

       

       

    • Pierre JAMAGNE

      By Pierre JAMAGNE

      Dear Brege and Darja,

       

      thank you for the valuable information. I have seen the candidatecodelist and the controlled activities schema. But I have not seen the xml version of the latter.

    • Darja LIHTENEGER

      By Darja LIHTENEGER

      Hi,

      Unfortunately, I don't have information about the XML schemas, maybe JRC could help with information on this. I checked the new code list register and all the code lists used in the Controlled Activities application schema are included. I would only like to propose to change the extensibility of ControlledActivityType code list to "any" (instead of "Empty code list") because the initial values are already proposed and the code list can be extended.

      Kind regards,

      Darja

  • Karen Fullerton
    Karen Fullerton created a page Natura 2000 - European data set
    Natura 2000 is the key instrument to protect biodiversity in the European Union. It is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe's most valuable species and habitats. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979...
    • Daniela HOGREBE
      Daniela HOGREBE
      I was wondering why those European data sets are not (yet?) accessible through INSPIRE view and download services? On http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/natura-7#tab-gis-data only (non-INSPIRE compliant) shapefiles are available!
    • Iurie MAXIM
      Iurie MAXIM
      Hi Daniela, I observerd this year that unfortunately both EEA and DG ENV have problems to use the Natura 2000 and CDDA datasets provided according to INSPIRE Protected Sites application schema in GML 3,2 format or trough WFS...
  • Karen Fullerton
    Karen Fullerton created a page Biogeographical regions
    The bio-geographical regions data set contains the official delineations used in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and for the EMERALD Network set up under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern...
    • Tom BLOM
      Tom BLOM
      The current (December 2016) version is available at http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/biogeographical-regions-europe-3 However, the data is not in GML format. I'm searching for any data on "Bio-geographical Regions" in...
    • Stefania MORRONE
      Stefania MORRONE
      Hi Tom, I've just uploaded a gml dataset conformant to Bio-geographicalRegions.xsd. It's the result of the transformation of source...
  • Martin TUCHYNA
    Martin TUCHYNA created a page [SD] Collection of observed issues
    Page to collect issues identified during the SD theme related implementations.
  • Martin TUCHYNA
    Martin TUCHYNA created a page [SD] Sharing good practice
    Page to collect good practice from SD theme related implementations.
  • Martin TUCHYNA
    Martin TUCHYNA created a page [HB] Collection of observed issues
    Page to collect issues identified during the HB theme related implementations.
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