The INSPIRE Thematic Working Groups (TWG) have been collecting and structuring the requirements for the provision of data within their thematic domain. The resulting thematic Data Specifications, based on OGC and ISO/CEN standards, have been designed to support the various usage areas, including environmental reporting on both the national and the European level. Those INSPIRE Themes that encompass the provision of observational or measurement data integrate the OGC Observations & Measurements schema (O&M; ISO 19156); the usage of
Sparx Systems has been the sponsor of the Academic Excellence in INSPIRE Award for the past three years, and this year Sparx Systems was also one of the sponsors of an additional recognition, the CEN/TC 287 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Inspire 2013, which is awarded to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The European Commission's 2007 INSPIRE Directive establishes an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support community environmental policies.
Academic Excellence in INSPIRE Award
Under INSPIRE, to improve environmental policy making in Europe, Member States must make available in a consistent format spatial datasets within the scope of the Directive, and create services for accessing these datasets.
It was 2008 when I first ventured into the world of INSPIRE; the European data sharing initiative for improved policy making on environmental matters, which affects all public sector organisations that collect, maintain, publish and use location-based environmental data. Mindful of the many challenges facing organisations that wish to share data and communicate information more effectively, I was immediately aware of the ambitious,
After six Geospatial World Forum conferences, this year Geospatial Media and Communications was presented with an excellent opportunity to work together with our colleagues at the European Commission to co-organize the Forum and the INSPIRE conference. The OGC, too, has been actively engaged as a Strategic Partner.