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Action 2016.5: Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting


Action 2016.5: Priority list of datasets for e-Reporting

Priority Data Sets Viewer logoIn the scope of the data 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 to be a priority. Member States should make datasets in this list, so called "Priority datasets", first and foremost discoverable in the INSPIRE Geoportal as well as accessible through INSPIRE View and Download services. If not yet harmonised to relevant INSPIRE data specifications, these datasets 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 datasets as well as simplified access to view or download selected datasets.

Summary & Scope

This INSPIRE MIG action is aimed to develop a list of datasets related to environmental reporting and support Member States with making these datasets accessible through the European Spatial Data Infrastructure in a stepwise manner. The list also reflects the data gaps identified during the evaluation of the state-of-implementation and the fitness of the Directive for its intended purpose (REFIT evaluation). 
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 

  • Mandate for action 2016.5: Access to this document to look up for the initial definition of this action and its scope which was endorsed by MIG.