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Spatial data

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Spatial data
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Means any data with a direct or indirect reference to a specific location or geographical area [INSPIRE Directive]
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NOTE The use of the word "spatial” in INSPIRE is unfortunate as in the everyday language its meaning goes beyond the meaning of "geographic” – which is considered by the Drafting Team as the intended scope – and includes subjects such as medical images, molecules, or other planets to name a few. However, since the term is used as a synonym for geographic in the draft Directive, this document uses the term "spatial data” as a synonym for the term "geographic data” used by the ISO 19100 series of International Standards and which is defined as "data with implicit or explicit reference to a location relative to the Earth.”
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