The INSPIRE Directive launched by the European Union in 2007 has lead to a number of solutions being created in order to solve the problem of converting existing geospatial data into data that meets the INSPIRE Directive standard. But, even before the directive was launched, there were a number of solutions developed that could convert country specific data into a more ‘standard’ format. These solutions largely came in the form of ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tools which assist only in the conversion of simple data types. Because every European member state has its own data in its own format, these ETL tools only separately convert every type of data for every member state. They don’t provide a singular conversion method that can transform any type of data to meet the INSPIRE standard.
Geospatial software developer Pieter De Graef from Geosparc has been instrumental in the development of such a data-conversion solution at DOV (Databank Ondergrond Vlaanderen - Database Subsoil Flanders). While the solution has been very useful, it does not provide a one-size-fits-all solution to converting different types of data, and only supports very basic conversion algorithms. Each converted map is configured in its own individual manner, meaning that no two datasets can be converted in the same way. “The solution works if you have one or two datasets, but if you have hundreds, you need more automation. Besides, we still have no way of supporting the more complex conversions that INSPIRE requires” says Pieter.
If the INSPIRE Directive is to be fully instituted across all of Europe in an efficient and cost-effective manner, it will necessitate a solution with greater flexibility. The new solution will need to be user-friendly to the degree that it doesn’t require a programmer to operate it. If such an application were to be created, hundreds of geospatial datasets could be converted to meet INSPIRE Directive standards in a short time. That’s why Pieter is now working as one of the top developers on an open source web GIS solution called INSPIRE>>GIS. The finished INSPIRE>>GIS solution will be able to simplify the data conversion process, making it possible for companies to easily meet the INSPIRE standards without having to hire a programmer. Automation will be key to the application’s purpose, as datasets will be able to be periodically converted to meet the INSPIRE Directive standards with the use of a simple user interface. In addition to this, it will allow for users to visualize and analyze the converted data.
The geospatial INSPIRE solution is still being worked on and fine-tuned, and several companies are already using aspects of it to convert existing geospatial data into data that meets the INSPIRE Directive standards. Importantly, INSPIRE>>GIS is capable of converting different types of data from any part of Europe, making it a one-size-fits-all data conversion tool that provides quick and easy conversion.
DOV’s application has been a source of inspiration for INSPIRE>>GIS. By being innovative in the creation of tools and applications that can convert and manage geospatial data, DOV has provided a perfect case study to prove that a data conversion application can be a reality and save costs in the process of converting geospatial data to meet the INSPIRE standards. DOV has been vital in the geospatial data conversion process from 1996 to the present. With the capacity to save money and increase efficiency, INSPIRE>>GIS and similar solutions could be just as vital to DOV in the future.
If you would like to view a live demo of the INSPIRE>>GIS solution, come see Geosparc at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam. Interested in further information? Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been nearly 9 years since the INSPIRE Directive was launched by the European Commission in an effort to create a uniform infrastructure for geospatial data that can be used interchangeably across all 28 member states of the European Union. Over this time, the INSPIRE community has made great strides in properly establishing this infrastructure. But, while progress has undoubtedly been made, there is still much work to be done, and vital resources yet to be fully explored.
One such resource is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo. A non-profit community consisting of passionate and innovative geospatial software developers, OSGeo is dedicated to providing solutions to geospatial problems through the use of open source software. By leveraging the talent and vision of the OSGeo community through funding and organizing the creation of new open source software, the INSPIRE community could forge a healthy and productive relationship with OSGeo, fostering an atmosphere of openness and technological progression. In this open and progressive atmosphere, the INSPIRE Directive to establish a regulated, cross-border geospatial infrastructure could be fully instituted in a much more efficient and flexible manner.
Dirk Frigne, Geosparc's CEO, vice president of OSGeo Europe and also actively involved in the INSPIRE community is a leading advocate of strengthening the relationship between the two communities. He organizes a workshop at the Geospatial World Forum in which members of the OSGeo community present their innovative software projects to members of the INSPIRE community. This allows for important discussion between the two communities, where they can share common ground and grow a better understanding of how the open source software created by OSGeo can benefit the INSPIRE community.
One of the softwares being presented at the Geospatial World Forum (Rotterdam, 23-26 May 2016) this year is a web GIS application called INSPIRE>>GIS. Though it’s still in its building phase, the geospatial INSPIRE application, which was created with OSGeo open source software, is already being utilized by several companies to convert existing geospatial data into data that meets the INSPIRE Directive standards.
The finished INSPIRE>>GIS application will be able to simplify the data conversion process, making it possible for companies to easily meet the INSPIRE standards without having to hire a developer. An easy-to-navigate user interface will make converting to, visualising, and analyzing INSPIRE-standardized data as simple as a few clicks of a mouse.
The INSPIRE>>GIS application is indicative of what’s possible when the passionate and innovative minds of the OSGeo community meld with the experience and discipline present in the INSPIRE community. Of course, INSPIRE>>GIS is just the tip of the iceberg. There are still many aspects of the INSPIRE Directive that are yet to be carried out. Just imagine what a stronger collaboration between the two communities could achieve.
Though INSPIRE>>GIS is not yet fully launched, it hints at the collaborative potential between the OSGeo and INSPIRE communities. Realizing this potential could be vital in fully establishing the INSPIRE Directive standards across all of Europe.
If you would like to view a live demo of the INSPIRE>>GIS solution, come see Geosparc at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam. Interested in further information? Contact us via email at email@example.com. Or check out the INSPIRE>>GIS solution on this website.
Geosparc will unveil and demonstrate the new version of INSPIRE GIS, the complete and easy to use GIS solution for INSPIRE. The open source INSPIRE»GIS solution was developed by 3 highly experienced GIS software companies Geosparc, we»transform and Epsilon Italia.
The INSPIRE»GIS stack brings you explorative modelling, ETL made for INSPIRE, Enterprise grade geo data management, very fast publishing services, GIS analytics and the ability to compose and share your own Web GIS application.
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