European Spatial Data Infrastructure - INSPIRE and beyond

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  • JRC is actively participating in the Commission-driven Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations Programme. The programme, which is managed by the ISA Unit (DIGIT.B2), supports a wide range of interoperability-related activities that are important to the Member States and the services of the Commission. INSPIRE and, more broadly speaking, location information are being recognized as a great potential to underpin a wide range of policies – not only environment. The Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit, which is responsible for the technical coordination of INSPIRE, is managing two INSPIRE-related Actions in the ISA programme.
  • The ISA cooperation structure is as follows:
    The ISA Committee formally gives its opinion on the annual ISA work programme and on strategic issues.
    The Coordination Group assists the commission in translating the ISA strategy into concrete actions, and also helps in the coordination between actions.
    The cooperation structure is completed with working groups with formal representation of the Member States that provide a focus on different aspects of the ISA Work Programme. These are Interoperability architecture, trusted information exchange, exchange of best practices, and, established in 2013, the working group on Spatial Information and Services. The Working Group on Spatial Information and Services is chaired by JRC, and had its first meeting on 16 and 17 October 2013.
    The meeting was an opportunity to formerly bring together the INSPIRE and e-government communities, to share experiences from practice and provide guidance for A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA) and Towards a European Union Location Framework (EULF), two ISA Actions based at the EC Joint Research Centre that aim to support the needs identified by the Working Group.
    The minutes of the meeting will be made available to COGI.
  • This figure further explains the relationships among EULF, ARE3NA and INSPIRE. Further information is available in the explanatory note accompanying the proposed amendments to the ISA Work Programme 2014 for the two actions relating to spatial information and services. It provides further background information and rationale describing the relationships between them, and how the will be jointly coordinated.
    European Union Directive 2007/2/EC for the establishment of an infrastructure for spatial information (INSPIRE) requires EU countries to share spatial environmental data and information according to a number of agreements, laid down in the Directive, in the Implementing Rules Legal Acts (IRs), and in technical guidance (TG). The infrastructure will support decision making in support of environmental policies, and of policies that have an impact on the environment. INSPIRE is a multi-purpose infrastructure, meaning that it can be used for sharing and re-use of spatial information also in other policy domains.
  • ARE3NA will establish a reusable INSPIRE reference platform. It will focus on the sharing reusable components for INSPIRE implementation and for interoperability in cross-border/cross-sector contexts. Main Tasks in 2013-2014 are to
    1) Establish a collaborative platform
    2) Identifying components used to implement INSPIRE, including from the Open Source community [inventory]
    3) Find policies dealing with spatial data exchange and their platforms and tools [inventory] (in cooperation with EULF)
    4) Find missing items in INSPIRE and between INSPIRE and cross-sector interoperability [inventory]
    5) Address missing items (Free and Open Source Software - FOSS - and guidelines) and help share best practices
  • The EULF is developing a strategic EU-wide, cross-sector interoperability framework for the exchange and sharing of location data and services. The EULF activities will focus on five priority areas: policy and strategy alignment, e-Government integration, standardisation and interoperability, and committed partnerships. This will be underpinned by a generic activity on collecting cost benefit information. The outcome of the work is a shared vision and a series of reports providing concrete guidance on a number of topics such as procurement, the use of standards, and opportunities for the alignment of strategies and policies.
  • The EULF Strategic Vision v0 (see section on Working with stakeholders) identifies the relevant stakeholders within ISA, INSPIRE, other EU institutions, Member States, Interest Groups and Communities, and associated projects. For each stakeholder, the nature of engagement is specified and further detail given on the strategic relationship and synergies with each community and how it might relate to both the EULF and ARE3NA actions.
    Available at http://ec.europa.eu/isa/actions/documents/isa-2.13_eulf-strategic-vision-lite-v0-3_final_en.pdf
  • Q. What is the difference between EULF and ELF?
    We are closely coordinating the activities of the two programmes to ensure that they are aligned and complementary. EULF is focused on the specific needs of Public Administrations and ELF will enable the core reference data. EULF will enable Public Administrations to build Interoperable solutions, served by the core reference data we need from our National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and other providers of essential location information.
  • European Spatial Data Infrastructure - INSPIRE and beyond

    1. 1. European Spatial Data Infrastructure INSPIRE and beyond Robert Tomas, Ph.D European Commission Joint Research Centre www.jrc.ec.europa.eu Serving society Stimulating innovation Supporting legislation
    2. 2. Outline • INSPIRE IRs development progress • INSPIRE Maintenance & implementation (MIF) • INSPIRE and ISA Actions • JRC led ISA actions ARE3NA, EULF • Answers to INGeoCloudS Questions InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 2/16
    3. 3. INSPIRE Components INSPIRE is a Framework Directive – 2007/2/EC Detailed technical provisions are laid down in Implementing Rules on • Metadata – (Reg. 1205/2008) • Interoperability of spatial data sets and services (Reg. 1089/2010) • Network services (discovery, view, download, transform, invoke) (Reg. 976/2009) • Data and Service sharing (policy) (Reg. 268/2010) • Coordination and measures for Monitoring & Reporting (EC Decision 2009/442) Once adopted, Implementing Rules become European legislative acts and national law in 28 Member States and in some EFTA countries Entry into force 15 May 2007 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 3/16
    4. 4. Implementation Roadmap What When Metadata available for Annex I+II spatial data Dec 2010 Discovery and view services IOC May 2011 Discovery and View Services operational Nov 2011 Download and Transformation Services IOC June 2012 Download and Transformation Services operational Access to (newly collected / all) Annex I spatial data sets under harmonised conditions end 2012 end 2012 / 2017 Metadata available for Annex III spatial data Access to (newly collected / all) Annex II+III spatial data sets under harmonised conditions Dec 2013 Dec 2015 / 2020 http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm/pageid/44 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 4/16
    5. 5. http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm/pageid/44 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 5/16
    6. 6. INSPIRE Thematic – Data Scope • Annex I • Annex III 11. Area management/ 1. Statistical units 1. Coordinate reference restriction/regulation systems 2. Buildings zones & reporting units 2. Geographical grid systems 3. Soil 12. Natural risk zones 3. Geographical names 4. Land use 13. Atmospheric conditions 4. Administrative units 5. Human health and safety 14. Meteorological 21st October 2013: EC governmental the 5. Addresses October 2013: EC adopted the 21st 6. Utility and adopted geographical features services 6. Cadastral parcels amendment to the Regulation 15. Oceanographic amendment to the Regulation 7. Environmental monitoring 7. Transport networks geographical (1089/2010) on facilitiesinteroperability of features (1089/2010) on the interoperability of the 8. Hydrography 16. Sea regions spatial data sets and services regarding regions 8. and services spatial 9. Protected sites data sets Production and industrial regarding 17. Bio-geographical facilities the Annex II+III spatial data themes. the 18. Habitats • Annex II Annex II+III spatial data themes.and biotopes 9. Agricultural and 19. Species distribution 1. Elevation aquaculture facilities 20. Mineral resources 2. Land cover 10.Population distribution – 21. Energy Resources demography 3. Ortho-imagery 4. Geology InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 6/16
    7. 7. Impl. Rules vs. Technical Guidelines INSPIRE INSPIRE Directive Directive 2007/2/EC 2007/2/EC Directive Directive “What Member States must implement” (abstract specification) IRs for Metadata, IRs for Metadata, Network Services Network Services Interoperability Interoperability Spatial data sets Spatial data sets and services and services Commission Commission Regulation Regulation legally binding not legally binding “How Member States might implement it” (implementation specification) Technical Technical Guidance Guidance Study visit of INSPIRATION Project beneficiaries e.g. TG for the TG for the Implementation of Implementation of Discovery Services Discovery Services TG ––Data TG Data Specification on Specification on Addresses Addresses Implementation Implementation Requirements & Requirements & Recommendations Recommendations Implementation Implementation Requirements & Requirements & Recommendations Recommendations
    8. 8. Based on the EN ISO 19131 INSPIRE Data specifications - Content • General/theme executive summaries, overview - description of the data theme scope • Application schema(s) in UML / Feature catalogue(s) • • • • • • • • spatial object types attributes & attribute values relationships between spatial objects use of covarages, rules for unique identifiers, code lists … Coordinate & temporal reference systems Data quality and theme specific metadata Delivery - Encoding rules Simple portrayal rules for the INSPIRE View Service InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 8/16
    9. 9. Based on the EN ISO 19131 Data specifications – Technical Guidelines Annexes • Annex A (normative) – Abstract Test Suite (set of Conformance classes (e.g. Application schema, Reference system, MD, Portrayal, …) • Annex B (informative) – Use cases • Annex C (normative) – Code lists / values • Annex D (informative) – Extensions • … theme specific best practise, templates (e.g. use of MD Lineage) Final Data specification – Technical Final Data specification – Technical Guidelines V3.0 till the end of 2013 Guidelines V3.0 till the end of 2013 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 9/16
    10. 10. Data specification thematic extensions + G eo S ci M L INSPIRE data application schemas + C it yG M L INSPIRE Annex III Themes Study visit of INSPIRATION Project beneficiaries + INSPIRE Data specifications INSPIRE Data specifications contain 138 Use cases contain 138 Use cases
    11. 11. Outline • INSPIRE IRs development progress • INSPIRE Maintenance & implementation (MIF) • INSPIRE and ISA Actions • JRC led ISA actions ARE3NA, EULF • Answers to INGeoCloudS Questions InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 11/16
    12. 12. INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Framework (MIF) • Organisation of the MIF 1st Kick-off meeting of MIF 14.10.2013, Copenhagen InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 12/16
    13. 13. MIG – Tasks • Exchange of experience and good practice related to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive and IRs • Identify and give advice about the priority issues to be addressed in the maintenance of the INSPIRE Directive, IRs and/or TG documents • Identify issues related to INSPIRE implementation and advise the Commission on how to address them • Prepare and regularly update the rolling work programme to be agreed by the INSPIRE Committee and the Commission InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 13/16
    14. 14. Pool of experts – Tasks Ad-hoc input to discussions related to INSPIRE implementation • Help answering questions related to implementation • Share implementation experiences • Promote INSPIRE-related activities Participate in sub-groups set up by the MIG to address specific maintenance or implementation tasks • based on M&I work programme • sub-groups to be disbanded once task is completed • ToR to be defined by the MIG InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 14/16
    15. 15. The “pool of experts” – 162 registered experts by countries InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 15/16
    16. 16. The “pool of experts” – 162 registered experts by technical expertise (by 21. 11. 2013) InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 16/16
    17. 17. Main topics (priority issues) • Improve accessibility and readability of TGs • Better information on frequently asked questions • Guidelines and best practices for access control (authentication, authorisation and accounting - AAA) • Managing and using http URIs for INSPIRE identifiers • Validation and conformity testing • INSPIRE Registry and registers • Extension of Download Service TG for observation, coverage and tabular data • Annex I updates • Update of Metadata TG • Encoding, GML • Theme specific issues • Support to thematic legislation (e-Reporting) InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 17/16
    18. 18. Outline • INSPIRE IRs development progress • INSPIRE Maintenance & implementation (MIF) • JRC led ISA actions ARE3NA, EULF • Answers to INGeoCloudS Questions InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 18/16
    19. 19. INSPIRE-related activities in the ISA* *Interoperability solutions for European Public Administrations Programme Objectives Efficient … and effective electronic cross-border and cross-sector interaction between European public administrations. European public administrations … share and re-use existing successful or new Interoperability solutions, common frameworks and services and generic tools. Flexible and interlinked …IT systems allow smooth implementation of Community policies and activities. 19
    20. 20. http://ec.europa.eu/isa Duration? Who? How? • 2010-2015 • Commission: DG DIGIT.B2 • Stakeholders: Other DGs and Members States • Programme based, via actions • Revised every year • Actions implemented by Framework Contracts or Call for Tenders
    21. 21. Cooperation structure ISA Committee Management committee Work programme opinion and strategic issues Coordination Group Assists COM in translating strategy into actions and in coordinating across actions Working Group Interoperability Architecture Working Group Trusted Information Exchange Working Group Exchange of Best Practice Working Group Spatial Information and Services JRC Chair First meeting 16-17/10/2013
    22. 22. ISA Cluster on Spatial Information and Services
    23. 23. 1st Kick-off meeting of the ISA WORKING GROUP on SPATIAL INFORMATION AND SERVICES 16-17 October 2013 Interoperability Solutions for European public Administrations ISA a key enabler for Public Administrations to join forces, bring down ebarriers and overcome financial constraints InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 23/16
    24. 24. ISA Action 1.17 A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform Openness Interoperability Reuse Collaboration … sharing reusable components for INSPIRE implementation … sharing reusable components for INSPIRE implementation and for interoperability in cross-border/cross-sector contexts. and for interoperability in cross-border/cross-sector contexts.
    25. 25. Examples of what has been done • Creation of ARE3NA community on JoinUp to share and organise assets and in INSPIRE Forum • Populating ARE3NA inventories (+ plans to share outputs via JoinUp) • Creation and publication of a reusable Re3gistry and INSPIRE Registry as an operational service instance (plus user feedback for development)* • Designing and developing a prototype open source platform for processing, integrating and visualizing volunteered/crowd-sourced data • Updated INSPIRE metadata guidelines (just published) • Contributing to other ISA actions to help reuse of components *http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/registry
    26. 26. ARE3NA main goals 2014 • A study and open source testbed for Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) to data and services • Common methodology for publishing INSPIRE as linked data and study for the governance of persistent identifiers for location in Europe (with EULF) • Open Source reference implementation of the sensor observation service standard compliant with INSPIRE download services • PLUS Identify more existing components and address more missing items (in INSPIRE and with other interoperability activities) through the ARE3NA ‘Survey’ (deadline 30 Nov ‘13) tinyurl.com/are3na1
    27. 27. ISA Action 2.13 European Union Location Framework Policy Domains Focus Areas Deliverables EULF Strategic Vision v0/v1/v2 C Pa o m rt m i ne t t rs ed hi ps Fo cu s ef it Co st Be n S a tan In nd da rd te ro is at pe io ra n bi lit y t eIn Go te ve g r rn at m io e n n P Al olic ig y nm an en d S t tra te gy Transport and Marine Pilots EULF Study Focus Areas EULF Study EULF ent Assessm e of th ns Conditio an for EULF v1 EULF Study Extension WP 2014 EULF t Blueprin /v2 v1 EULF Roadmap v1 Output is series of reports (“Blueprint”) including •Vision •Concrete proposals for alignment of strategies and policies, and governance •Case studies and best practices •Methodologies for sharing and re-use of spatial data •Promotion of standards •Guidelines (e.g.,procurement) •Training •Pilots
    28. 28. EULF Strategic Vision V0 • Sets the strategic direction of what the EULF will achieve in the next few years • identifies the relevant stakeholders within ISA, INSPIRE, other EU institutions, Member States, Interest Groups and Communities, and associated projects. http://ec.europa.eu/isa/actions/documents/isa-
    29. 29. Delivering growth and better services through "locationenabled government" http://ec.europa.eu/isa/actions /02-interoperabilityarchitecture/2-13action_en.htm http://ec.europa.eu/isa/actions /01-trusted-informationexchange/1-17action_en.htm https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/com munity/are3na/description https:// joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eulf/description http://inspireforum.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pg/group s/120868/a-reusable-inspirehttp://inspire-forum.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pg/groups/228519/european-union-location reference-platform/ #ARe3NA https://twitter.com/EULocation #EULF 29 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 29/16
    30. 30. Summary • INSPIRE is a process (full implementation beyond 2020) • The legal framework has been established (last IR on SDS in mid 2014) • Implementation of INSPIRE is entering a new phase (the focus is now on MSs) • INSPIRE MIF established • Evolution of INSPIRE (e-Reporting, Powered by INSPIRE) • INSPIRE is integrated into wider EU ICT activities (ISA, EIF, Open Data, Standardisation, 7th EAP) • INSPIRE is the opportunity for EU innovation!! (smeINSPIRE) InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 30/16
    31. 31. INGeoCloudS possible interactions with INSPIRE/ISA/JRC • Registering of experts for the INSPIRE MIF • Providing reference material, best practices, identified gaps, re-usable SW tools etc. • to INSPIRE MIF (INSPIRE Forum, MIF Forum?) • to ISA ARE3NA joinup platform • Providing feedback to • ISA ARE3NA survey for missing re-usable SW components • INSPIRE Directive mid term evaluation consultation (survey from 1.1. 2014) • update of the PSI Directive (public consultation – now!) • Organize a joint Technical workshop at JRC – ISPRA (Jan/Feb 2014) – Open, Big data, cloud computing.. 31/16 InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November
    32. 32. Outline • INSPIRE IRs development progress • INSPIRE Maintenance & implementation (MIF) • JRC led ISA actions ARE3NA, EULF • Answers to INGeoCloudS Questions InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 32/16
    33. 33. Answers to the INGeoCloudS questions: 1. Is fulfilling INSPIRE performance requirements a regular issue for organisations? - In some cases yes, but we provide almost on-line technical help which usually helps. 2. Other known examples of cloud usage? – Yes, UK (Ordnance Survey). 3. Our infrastructure supports sharing and mutual usage by different data provider: is it the right trend to go? National/Regional, Domain, European? – Yes it is a possible scenario. InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 33/16
    34. 34. Answers to the INGeoCoudS questions: 4. About conceptual modelling, are there at JRC some exploratory actions (or more advanced ones) towards usage of LinkedData / Semantic web technologies? – Yes, some exploratory work has been done on Metadata (DCAT, EU Open Data portal) + some on the INSPIRE data themes e.g. road, addresses, administrative units – pilot in the framework of the ISA CORE Location Vocabulary + the use of http URIs is recommended (INSPIRE GCM 3.4). 5. Are there other works currently investigated about INSPIRE (AAA, URIs, taking into account SOS... )? – yes, individually each of these should be investigated within the Are3NA ISA 2014 work program. The AAA also with the relation to the update of the PSI Directive… + INSPIRE Registry in RDF (mid 2014) http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/registry/ InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 34/16
    35. 35. INSPIRE on: Thank you for your attention! Robert Tomas INSPIRE robert.tomas@jrc.ec.europa.eu http://inspire.ec.europa.eu INSPIRE Forum http://inspire-forum.ec.europa.eu INSPIRE Geoportal http://inspire-geoportal.ec.europa.eu/ INSPIRE data specifications Overview http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm/pageid/2 Data models http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm/pageid/2/l ist/datamodels InGeoCloudS 2nd Workshop: Brussels, 21 November 35/16

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