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Action 2016.5: Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting

By Stefania MORRONE

Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting



In the context of the data falling under the INSPIRE obligation, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency have identified a list of datasets produced and managed according to the environmental reporting obligations whose availability through the European Spatial Data Infrastructure is considered a priority. The datasets in this list are called "Priority datasets" and the Member States should make them first and foremost discoverable in the INSPIRE Geoportal and accessible through INSPIRE View and Download services. If not yet harmonised to relevant INSPIRE data specifications, these data sets should be published ‘as-is’ and harmonised later on, without prejudice to the deadlines in the INSPIRE implementation roadmap.

 To allow the identification of priority datasets in the INSPIRE Geoportal, the related metadata shall contain appropriate keywords from the INSPIRE Priority Dataset metadata code list available in the INSPIRE metadata code list register.

The Priority Data Sets Viewer application from the INSPIRE Geoportal provides statistical overviews of the availability of priority data sets as well as simplified access to view or download selected data sets.

MIG Action 2016.5 : Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting

Summary & Scope

The INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group (MIG) has put forward Action 2016.5 with the aim to further develop the list of data sets related to environmental reporting and to support the Member States in making these data available in a stepwise manner.
Activities and tools for supporting the transformation of priority datasets according to the INSPIRE requirements with the aim to streamlining prioritized environmental reporting obligations are also in the scope of this action.

Specific objectives

  1. Communicate environmental information priorities and expectations to Member States by clearly identifying the spatial data sets relevant for environmental reporting;
  2. Provide guidance on consistent mapping of reporting obligations and supporting data to INSPIRE spatial objects for the development of pan-European data sets;
  3. Identify reporting redundancies and explore opportunities for streamlining;
  4. Improve the timeliness and the quality of reported data.

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