Meeting of the MIG Group (INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group)

On 10th and 11th April 2014, MIG Experts Group held its second meeting in Arona (Italy), under the organization of JRC.

The European Commission adopted Decision on the establishment of the Commission Expert Group on INSPIRE Implementation and Maintenance – INSPIRE MIG in November 2012.

The role and tasks of the INSPIRE MIG are as follows:

  • To bring about an exchange of experience and good practice related to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive and the Implementing Rules;

  • To identify and give advice about the priority issues to be addressed in the maintenance of the INSPIRE Directive, Implementing Rules and Technical Guidance documents;

  • To identify important issues related to INSPIRE implementation including technologies, standards, methods, institutional measures to be adopted, as well as making proposals to the Commission;

  • To prepare and regularly update the work programme for INSPIRE maintenance and implementation to be agreed by the INSPIRE Committee and the Commission.

The meeting was organized by the JRC – Joint Research Centre EU. The meeting was attended by the members of MIG from almost all EU member states and associate members from Norway, Switzerland and Serbia. This is the second meeting of the MIG group and Web conferences of this group are being held almost every week.

During the meeting the following topics were discussed:

  • ARE3NA (A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform) is a project that promotes the Open Source software that can be useful to the countries that are working on the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive and which has been successfully used in some EU countries. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Open Source project 52 ° North, who presented their software solutions SOS (Sensor and Observation Service), service that collects results from different sensors, has its own Web interface to access and control of sensors, possibility of the remote reading and alarming, depending on the results.

  • Control of data access, i.e. problem solving of the secure services and data, and access to them, whereby it should be taken into account that Member States have different legal provisions on licensing and rights of access and use of data. Open Data project was presented, as well as MIG activities on AAA (Authorization, Authentication, Accounting) project that promotes unified approach to protection of data and services.

  • Monitoring and reporting, in terms of opportunities of obtaining of monitoring data from the metadata from EU Geoportal and National Geoportals.

  • Validation and testing of data and services, not only in terms of whether they are in compliance with standards, but also in the terms of validation of the performances of the services.

  • Defining and using of unique identifiers of INSPIRE objects such as metadata, services, documents … An emphasis was put on the importance of the use of unique syntax related to identifiers in order to enable Web search and discovery regardless of the EU country concerned.

Also, there was a discussion about the thematic projects planned by JRC and EEA (European Environmental Agency) in cooperation with the MIG, and the importance of their implementation on the European level, with a proposed air quality control, marine project (water quality control), etc..

Problems related to the GML language were discussed, as well as the ability to simplify and easier explanations of the rules related to the description of spatial data. RDF format (Resource Description Framework)was mentioned as the possibility for the description of data, a standard format for describing data on the Web, for which it may be said that gives a more precise description wherein it is easier for interpretation than XML and GML.

Besides, workshops were organized on sharing of data and services, licensing models, collecting of INSPIRE metadata for the pan-European Open Data portal etc.