Theme specific issues of data specifications & exchange of implementation experiences in thematic domains
- A number of the issues of INSPIRE implementation is theme-specific. There is currently no agreed way for implementers in the Member States to share their experience and discuss about (theme-specific) issues they encountered, approaches they used for implementation or planned extensions or value-added thematic applications.
- A number of theme-specific issues have been raised for the data specifications of PS, AD, EL, US, TN, BU, CRS and HY. This includes PS (Full application schema), which needs to brought in line with Annex III themes and has therefore temporarily been removed from the updated PS data specification (see MIWP-10).
- Since the TGs still allow some degrees of freedom for implementing the IRs there is a need of active collaboration to support "harmonised" approaches for implementation.
- There is also currently no coherent overview of the status of the implementation for the different INSPIRE data themes.
- Finally, there are a number environmental and non-environmental thematic policies, for which the links, dependencies and usage of INSPIRE data should be discussed and clarified, in particular (but not only) in relation to reporting obligations, e.g. air quality, MSFD, IED, noise, UWWTD, WFD/WISE (direct link to the MIWP – 21 Thematic pilots)
Proposed change or action:
- Build communities of INSPIRE implementers in the EU as well as in MSs for the proposed clusters of themes
- Create a platform (e.g. a wiki or a re-designed INSPIRE forum) for sharing experiences and for discussing implementation issues (including results from usability tests) and approaches. This platform should be open to all INSPIRE stakeholders.
- Address already identified issues on data specifications of Annex I, II and III and propose (if relevant) concrete change proposals to the TG to the MIG
- Use the platform to better understand thematic implementation issues, approaches and requirements in each MS to seek common “harmonised” solutions, i.e. what tools or which options in the TG are used (where there are several), what extensions or value-added applications are developed or planned. This could be done through questionnaires or surveys on different topics. The results should be made publicly available on the platform to be re-used by all whenever relevant
- Support the successful implementation (e.g. developed applications) of INSPIRE by MSs or thematic communities in order to demonstrate its benefits.
- The EC & EEA will initiate the formation of the thematic communities for the clusters and will launch a call of interest for thematic facilitators.
- Form a temporary MIG sub-group consisting of one facilitator per thematic cluster and chaired by the EC & EEA INSPIRE team. This sub-group will also be open to interested MIG representatives.
- Proposed initial thematic clusters:
- GE, SO, NZ, MR, ER
- LU, LC
- EL, OI, GG, RS
- EF, O&M
- AF, PF, US
- GN, AU, CP, AD, BU, TN, (HY?)
- OF, SR, AC+MF, HY?
- PS, AM, HB, SD, BR
- SU, PD, HH
- Several thematic applications and policies affect more than one cluster. Therefore, the initial clusters based on INSPIRE themes may be re-organised or complemented with cross-thematic working groups.
- Overview on the approaches, software tools used for INSPIRE implementation and evolution in the MS for each of the thematic clusters.
- Updated TGs (where relevant)
- Availability of harmonised thematic data content in line with INSPIRE IRs
- Lists of maintenance issues / agreed updates proposals (ideally based on concrete implementation experiences) to be addressed in the MIF
- Overview of existing applications based on interoperable INSPIRE data.
- Proposals for further developments or consolidated solutions
- MS funding
- In-kind contributions (INSPIRE Pool of Experts)
- JRC & EEA & DG ENV institutional budget
- European thematic organisations
- Competitive projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020)