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Maximising Access And Use


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Presentation made at the closing workshop of ESDIN combined with a video that is on YouTube

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Maximising Access And Use

  1. 1. Maximising access and useA complete approach:The ESDIN Geo ProductFinder
  2. 2. A new approach?• Problems can not be resolved by thinking within the framework in which the problems were created” (Albert Einstein)• How do we maximise public and private use of reference data?• From self-absorbed musings to the user perspective• From the “we are different” to “we are actually much the same as everyone else”
  3. 3. We are not unique!• A lot of effort into harmonising licensing terms for national authorities – An exercise in futility? – Pricing can not be harmonised by us• What are other providers of digital data doing?• Look around and change the perspective – Reference groups and workshops – Analysing use cases – Testing the experience on real life issues
  4. 4. The users perspective is our focus• Users are not interested in our struggles for finding the perfect license• The users focus is fit for purpose• Users want automated processes to find and acquire datasets and services• Technical, legal and administrative concerns should work seamlessly in the back
  5. 5. The INSPIRE connection• ESDIN is about assisting with implementation of the directive• Improve access to INSPIRE Annex I themes, particularly for large scale data,• Organizational development and better implementation of existing technology
  6. 6. A complete approach• Combining the output of ESDINS work on legal, administrative and technical issues• WP on best practice for licensing – A decision tree for taking user input and finding the right license – A modular approach to licensing• WP on service implementation – Best practices for INSPIRE compliant content access services – The ESDIN client
  7. 7. Licensing• Two important tools for making the Geo Product Finder work• Construction of a decision tree – A wizard style questionnaire identifying the most important user needs for providing an appropriate license – A 95 % solution• A modular licensing system – Only 2 or 3 terms needs to be harmonised – User have to take most of terms as they are – Nothing new – this is what CC agreements are based on
  8. 8. Service implementation• The technical framework to be completed with the Geo Product Finder• Best practices for an INSPIRE compliant content access services• The ELF/INSPIRE demonstrator – Visualizing the harmonization efforts and serve as a client test case for the content services – Easy to use yet very powerful – ideal for the Geo Product Finder
  9. 9. The ESDIN Geo Product Finder• Finding the dataset – Access from usual places, like Google – A visual interface to make a user friendly identification of the required dataset – Explanation – simple and full – INSPIRE specifications• Bind the agreement – Identify user needs – finding and offering alternative licenses – The modular approach makes an updated overview possible – If payment is required, link to providers web shop• Agree and access – E-commerce solutions
  10. 10. A concept – how will it be implemented?• Flexible and fluid – not replace, but fill the holes• Decide a framework for which type of datasets and providers it will ”point to”• Need to interact with existing services and portals• Co-operation between all stakeholders are necessary to make it a reality