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Action 2016.5: Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting

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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.

 Useful Links 

  • List of priority datasets v2.1 final as of October 2020 - To be considered the reference version for implementation by Member States. A “Mapping to INSPIRE themes” section provides guidance on consistent mapping of priority datasets to INSPIRE themes /application schemas /spatial objects.
  • Examples of priority datasets harmonised according to relevant INSPIRE data specifications
    • Preliminary flood risk assessment - observed events (Floods Directive) data, harmonised according to INSPIRE NZ data specifications is downloadable here
    • Article 17 of the Habitats Directive - HB data, Article 12 of the Birds Directive – SD data, River basin districts under the WFD - AM data can be downloaded from relevant services provided in this Selected Highlight from the INSPIRE Community Forum. Likewise, example of View services for the same data can be found in this Selected Highlight.
  • Implementation guidance and support for priority data sets: MD tagging step-by-step procedure, useful information on the background context, the current status of the list and  help-desk contacts.
  • Action 2016.5: Priority list of datasets for e-ReportingAccess this page to read the full description of the MIWP action and find useful links, like:
  • Mandate for action 2016.5: Access this document to look up for the initial definition of this action and its scope which was endorsed by MIG.
  • The future of eReporting and the link to INSPIRE (Concept note):Document describing the strategic direction regarding the EU level use of INSPIRE in relation to reporting under environment policies.