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EMODNet:Inspire Technical Meeting 7th/8th December 2015

Last updated by Keiran MILLARD

This meeting considered the practical and technical aspects of EMODNet delivering Inspire compliant data services.  Although the focus was on EMODNET, the subject matter and scope was relevant to similar inter-EU thematic data communities such as Copernicus.  The meeting was attended by representatives of  the EMODNET data portals with Inspire training delivered by members of the JRC Inspire Team and Inspire Thematic Clusters. 

The workshop covered the following topics:

  1. The existing Inspire legislative framework inlcuding the Directive legal text, associated Implementing Rules and supporting Technical Guidance.  Particular emphasis was placed on navigating through these documents, their key relevance to EMODNet and supporting tools aimed at Inspire implementators such as the Interactive Data Specifications and Thematic Cluster Communities.  Discussion clarified specific issues raised by the EMODnet communities and this is to published via a dedicated EMODNet section on the Thematic Cluster.
  2. Available IT solutions for the implementation of discovery, view and download services required by INSPIRE, with emphasis on open source technology and real world examples.  A key focus here was on ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tools for transforming exisitng data structures to those manadated as part of Inspire and a practical demonstration of this was given.  Discussion clarified different strategies for managing data transformation and situations where data transformation would not be benefical as it could result in information degredation.    
  3. Architectures for implementation of INSPIRE.  This highlighted the concept of the Service Orientated Architecture and explored the architectures used in EMODNet and how this could evolve in the future.  Key considerations were (i) the strategic role EMODNet could play in supporting member states deliver Inspire compliance, (ii) the role EMODNet could play in the delivery of products to support EU policy such as MSFD and (iii) having an equal seperation in EMODNet between services available via the user interface those through a well-defined API (application-programming interface).  As a benchmark, a user should be able to use the API to replicate any servcies available through the EMODNet portals

The marine community is overall an advanced adopter of Inspire.  There are some requirements of the marine community that extend what is current 'Inspire best practice' due to the structure of some of the datasets (primarily coverage-based data) and supporting technologies for their view and download. There is an ongoing requirement for Inspire to work with EMODNet to establish and consolidate 'Inspire best practice' in these areas.

See also the links on the DG Mare Maritime Pages with the workshop presentations and other documents https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/3871