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GI2012 christl-keynote arnulf-christl-inspire-mythology


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12. Sächsisches GIS-Forum
Dresden: 18./19.05.2012

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GI2012 christl-keynote arnulf-christl-inspire-mythology

  1. 1. The Mythology Just some thoughts    1 / 15
  2. 2. Who are we? Geospatial Systems Architect at metaspatial. ● President of OSGeo ● OGC Architecture Board Member  ● OpenStreetMap Advocate Founder of several companies and initiatives,  provides consulting for SDI and travels a lot.  Author: Arnulf Christl    2 / 42 2 / 15
  3. 3. The Mythology of INSPIREThe term "mythology" can refer either tothe study of myths (e.g., comparativemythology), or to a body or collection ofmyths... INSPIRE is of the second type 3
  4. 4. Technology vs. PoliticsThe mythology of INSPIRE grew with thefiction that a technical framework cansolve an: ● otherwise ● apparently ● unsolvable… political diversity. 4
  5. 5. The Reality of INSPIREThe result is that we now have● a highly complicated and● infamously rigid… technical framework which does notsolve the political problem. 5
  6. 6. … because technology never was a suitable tool to tackle politics. 6
  7. 7. Common MisconceptionsINSPIRE comes in two tastes● Implementing Rules (legally binding)● Technical Guidelines (recommendations that are not legally binding)Nota Bene:Data schemes are legally binding! 7
  8. 8. Conforming to INSPIRE?Technical Guidelines have conformanceclasses (software tests). ImplementingRules do not have conformance classes.This means that software can onlyconform to the non legally bindingaspects of INSPIRE?!? 8
  9. 9. Communication IssuesWhy does INSPIRE not work bottom-up(by being more open) or closer withexisting working groups andorganizations?● Because INSPIRE is not a person● INSPIRE is not a community● and top-down● … 9
  10. 10. The Structure of INSPIREINSPIRE was an inspiring idea …Now it is:● a legal construct● technical framework● top-down implementation● but not a communityINSPIRE has been designed bybureaucrats for bureaucracies toimprove bureaucratic processes. 10
  11. 11. How can INSPIRE Improve Communication?● INSPIRE members need to identify themselves as a community with common interests● INSPIRE members have to bring Change Request into existing standards processes● INSPIRE members have to recognize INSPIRE as a chance and not as a legal threat that is best avoided 11
  12. 12. Access to PSIWhat INSPIRE forgot to address:● INSPIRE does not address licensing● Access restriction is left to the data providers● Technological changes are much faster than legal processesSocial networks and participativegovernment evolve much quicker thanthe seemingly innovative INSPIRE idea 12
  13. 13. Know How● Lack of information dissemination (top-down funnel effect) results in an information pile-up● There is too little Know-How available at the implementing level● Lack of Know-How at the technical level of the data providers thwarts efforts of building working infrastructure 13
  14. 14. Authoritative Data!INSPIRE could become the source forauthoritative data. Questions toaddress:● How to document authoritative data?● How to make the know-how available required to get Things Done?● How to integrate INSPIRE with community projects?● How to make INSPIRE really useful to the citizen? 14
  15. 15. Thank you for your Attention! The annual Conference on Free and Open Source SoftwareWith friendly support by: for Geospatial Copyright: Arnulf Christl, metaspatial. This slide set is copyrighted to the commons 15/15