The Workshop on INSPIRE implementation in the Danube Region

The first workshop under the DRDSI project was held in Zagreb on 29th and 30th April 2014.

Enlargement and Integration workshop on INSPIRE implementation in the Danube Region within the Danube Reference Data and Service Infrastructure project (DRDSI) was organised by European Commission Join Research Centre and hosted by Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb on 29th and 30th April 2014. Representatives of countries from the Danube Region took part on the workshop.

Objective of the DRDSI project is support of the Danube strategy realisation through contribution to INSPIRE directive implementation in the Region. European Commission adopted the Danube Strategy in 2010. The Danube Region covers countries that belong to the Danube River basin: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The Strategy relies on an integrated approach to better policy development and the alignment of funding and resources through concrete projects and actions. Having in mind that the Danube countries face interrelated cross-border issues, the Strategy aims to propose common solutions to challenges in the Region.

During 2013, JRC launched the DRDSI project to develop an infrastructure that will facilitate access to harmonised data sets related to the Danube Region. The DRDSI project contributes to the Danube Strategy through encompassing data related to four vertical priorities:

  • Environment protection (landscape and biodiversity, flood and droughts risks)

  • Navigability (river morphology, waterways)

  • Irrigation and agricultural development (soils and crops)

  • Energy production (available energy resources and energy potential)

The development of the DRDSI will follow implementation via three phases:

  1. A Danube metadata repository will be established based on existing data: available JRC data; other relevant EU sources such as EUROSTAT or the European Environment Agency projects.

  2. The gaps and needs for additional data will be identified.

  3. Inclusion of additional components such as a collaborative platform, a citizen observatory and media.

The Project is led by Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit (DE Unit). Key partners are INSPIRE National Contact points of the Danube Region, university network and public authorities that play role in the scope of the project.

Besides it, the project aims to maximise benefits from member states investments in INSPIRE implementation through data harmonisation and interoperability efforts. Additionally, the project supports non-EU countries to be compliant with INSPIRE.

A goal of the workshop was introduction with key objectives of the DRDSI project, context and annual work plan. Cross-border data infrastructures projects are introduced by representatives from public and educational sector. Stay of play of the national spatial data infrastructures establishment and INSPIRE implementation was presented by national representatives in order to make overview of current status in the Region. Discussion was focused on methodology and potential sources for an inventory of available data via metadata harvesting in line with INSPIRE for data sets from EU projects as well on the national level within domain of the project.

First results of State of Play will be presented on high level meeting in June in Vienna. It is planed to organise the second workshop in October in Serbia aiming to present results of inventory of available data sets in the interoperable metadata repository.