INSPIRE Knowledge Base

INSPIRE Data and service sharing


The INSPIRE initiative was initiated by the European Commission in 2001 to enhance the sharing of harmonized spatial data and services between public authorities in order to assist environmental policy-making and activities that may have a direct or indirect impact on the environment.

This module pays attention to the European legislation on data access, re-use and sharing namely the Aarhus Directive on public access to environmental information, the Directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information and the requirements (Implementing rule) of the INSPIRE Directive on data and service sharing. The module focuses furthermore on INSPIRE, the Sharing regulation and what data providers have to do to comply, the guidance on the regulation, the framework INSPIRE agreement and the terms and conditions of the basic and specific INSPIRE licence and different examples of good practices.

The module also touches the subject of the state of the art in data and service sharing, if the INSPIRE legislation is working, open data, data sharing in a services environment and Digital Rights management, machine readable licences and European projects and initiatives like EULF, ELF, ARE3NA.

The training material consist of presentations, supporting documents and a weblecture. The module is a self-learning module.


This seminar contains the following modules/parts:

  1. Data and service sharing in the EU
  2. Data and service sharing in the INSPIRE Directive and legislation
  3. Guidance on data and service sharing
  4. INSPIRE and open data
Learning outcomes: 

After the training offer, the participant will be able to summarize the context in which the INSPIRE Directive chapter on data and service sharing was drafted; to understand and explain the main elements of the INSPIRE Directive (objective, principles) chapter on Data and Service Sharing; to define and summarize the main requirements of the INSPIRE Regulation harmonising access to data and services; do describe and discuss the state of the art of INSPIRE data and service sharing and exemplify how to report on data-sharing agreements; to describe and discuss the issues relating to the implementation of the legislation by a data provider; to explain how the current legislation and its implementation impacts on third parties and to illustrate and comment on the success of the current legislation in achieving its goals.

Intended Audience: 

This seminar aims at professionals seeking to understand the European legislation on data access, re-use and sharing with the main focus on the requirements of the INSPIRE Directive regarding the sharing of data and services.


No pre-requisites are required for this module.

Training format: 

PDF documents, presentations, web-lecture.

The module is a self-learning module.

Expected Workload: 
4 hours

This training module has been developed within the context of the smeSpire project in 2013 (


Author: Clare Hadley, Ordnance Survey UK. The material is provided under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (

Training Category: 
1. Context knowledge for INSPIRE