Increasing accessibility and interoperability of soil data by building up an INSPIRE compliant European spatial data infrastructure
Feiden, Katharina et al.
The access, reuse and exploitation of digital environmental information have become an important concern for public and private bodies in recent years. Especially within the discussion of climate change this issue became more and more important world wide and particularly in Europe. The European Environmental Information Directive (COM 2003), the Directive for establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information (INSPIRE, COM 2007) as well as further initiatives of the EU like the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) emphasizes the need to make digital environmental information within Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. While INSPIRE and its Implementing Rules (IR) give the framework to establish a European spatial data infrastructure, vital obstacles in reference to harmonization and interoperability of data and services as well as in reference to the organisational structure are not removed yet. The project GS Soil Assessment and strategic development of INSPIRE compliant Geodata-Services for European Soil Dataa aims to make a contribution to remove these obstacles. Within the project 34 partners from 18 European member states are involved and the project is co-funded by the European Community programme eContentplus. The project duration is from June 2009 until May 2012.Document type:Increasing accessibility and interoperability of soil data by building up an INSPIRE compliant European spatial data infrastructure (128 kB - pdf)