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  • FOODIE data model on GitHub

    As our contribution to standardisation in agriculture we publish today FOODIE data model on GitHub.  https://github.com/Wirelessinfo/FOODIE-data-model.  FOODIE Core Data Model is an extension of the INSPIRE model for "Agricultural and aquaculture facilities" spatial data theme.

     We would like invite you discussed and improved with us this model. FOODIE data model is available under Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence.


  • European competition for reusable IT solutions in public administration.

    The ISA² programme has just launched a European competition for reusable IT solutions in public administration.
    Why such an award?
    In public administrations across Europe, countless IT solutions and services are in place that could often easily be reused by other public administrations. Reuse of successful existing software would stop continuous reinvention of the wheel and could help to save time and costs for users and administrations alike. Morerover it could increase interoperability between systems.
    To promote the visibility of such solutions and to encourage their reuse, the European Commission has decided to single out the most used and successful ones in the public sector through the new EC Sharing and Reuse Awards.

    Competition conditions
    Winners will receive EUR 15 000 and EUR 10 000 in prize money respectively for IT solutions and services that meet the criteria in one of the following four categories:

    •  cross-border administrations
    •  national administrations
    •  regional administrations
    •  local administrations

    Contenders that would like to participatein the competition for the 'Sharing & Reuse Award' can register their project here. The competition is open until 28 October 2016 and the prizes will be announced in March 2017.

    The competition is organised under the EU programme ISA² that supports the modernisation of Public administrations at all levels across Europe through the development of interoperable, reusable IT solutions.
    Further information on the competition is available here.

  • EEA Vacancy: Project Manager Data management and INSPIRE - Contract Agent (FG IV)

    Project Manager – Data management and INSPIRE - Contract Agent (FG IV)

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising an open competition with a view to recruiting a contract agent to work as Project Manager in the area of data management and INSPIRE and further with a view to establishing a reserve list.

    The EEA is an Agency of the European Union (EU) and one of the decentralised Union bodies. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.


    Under the responsibility of the Head of Group - Data management, reporting to the Head of the ICT and data management Programme, the Project Manager shall assist the EEA in the implementation of various data management and INSPIRE related tasks that are linked to EEA internal data and information management as well as to data flows handled with partners in the Member Countries. This includes interpreting and implementing relevant policies, standards and procedures in the field.  

    Detailed information is available on thee EEA site.


  • Webinar on INSPIRE implementation in Croatia and Slovenia

    Webinar on INSPIRE implementation in Croatia and Slovenia

    • Date: 25/05/2016

    We are pleased to invite you to a webinar on the INSPIRE implementation in Croatia and Slovenia on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 from10:00-11:30 CEST (see connection details here).
    This is the 7th in our series of webinars on how INSPIRE is being implemented in different countries. The presentations will focus on national coordination, challenges for implementation and success stories and opportunities.
    The webinar is open to the wider INSPIRE community - so please spread the word.

  • INSPIRE Conference 2016: Deadline extension

    The deadline for submission of abstracts to the INSPIRE Conference has been has been extended. Please take note of the new deadlines below.
    • Submission of Abstracts: deadline extended until June 10th, 2016. Click here to submit abstracts.
    • Early bird registration: has been extended to July 8th, 2016. You can complete your registration here. But book early to avail of the special hotel deals.
    • Special Early bird extension for conference presenters ( accepted papers) to July 22nd, 2016.
    The main dates of the INSPIRE Conference 2016 remain unchanged: We look forward to welcoming you to Barcelona from September, 26th to 30th, 2016.
    All the information you need is on the INSPIRE conference website

  • Call for proposal to support regional cooperation in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

    DG ENV are pleased to announce that the call for proposal to support regional cooperation in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is now open.

    The call " Implementation of the Second Cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: achieving coherent, coordinated and consistent updates of the determinations of Good Environmental Status, initial assessments and environmental targets"  - "DG ENV/MSFD Second Cycle",  has a budget of EUR 5.819.322.
    INSPIRE is explictity mentioned as one of the areas to be addressed:

    e. improve the management of and access to data used in the assessments and from monitoring programmes, in accordance with MSFD Art. 19(3) and  the INSPIRE  Directive (Directive 2007/2/EC establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) and, where possible,  make it available via the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).

    You will find all the detailed information on the call at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/msfd_2016.htm
    Please note the deadline for applications is 5 September 2016, 17:00 hrs


  • Survey on extending INSPIRE Data Models

    The implementation of INSPIRE is in progress. One of the challenges at the moment  is to decide how to extend the INSPIRE data models to be able to use the ‘complete’ richness of the datasets currently in use.  This invokes the questions: How to extend the INSPIRE data models in an uniform and standardised way? And are we able - based on the currently best practices in Europe – to develop a standardised approach with patterns to extend the INSPIRE data models?

    To answer these questions we need your help. We ask professionals all over Europe working in the field of INSPIRE and data modelling to fill in a questionnaire. This questionnaire is about experiences with data modelling and the possibilities to develop INSPIRE extensions. And of course to collect all best practises in order to study and develop uniform extensions patterns that already exist.

    This questionnaire  is initiated by Geonovum (The Netherlands) as we see a demand in extending the INSPIRE data models  for use in the data infrastructure of the Environmental Planning Act in the Netherlands. This new Act is a major user our INSPIRE spatial data infrastructure. This study  is fully supported by DG Environment, JRC and EEA, who indicated this topic is important in the process of INSPIRE and the monitoring and the use of INSPIRE in reporting obligations for many European directives. The study is conducted by Wetransform.

    We would like to ask you to fill in the questionnaire online at: http://goo.gl/pXjzza

    It will take 5 to 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

    If this study does not directly touches your field of expertise, please ask your colleagues you know of dealing with the subject to fill in the questionnaire and forward them this request for information.                                                                                      

    Thank you in advance for your support!

  • INSPIRE-based data model in the KLIP Digital platform

    Since 1 January 2016, the digital exchange of information concerning cables and pipes in Flanders through KLIP Digital is mandatory. As a consequence, all network operators in Flanders should be able to deliver the requested information to plan applicants using the INSPIRE-based IMKL data specification via the KLIP Digital platform.

    A platform to prevent excavation damage

    KLIP(Kabel- en Leidinginformatieportaal – “Cable and Pipe Information Portal”) is a web application that helps prevent excavation damage to underground cables and pipes by optimising the access and exchange of information on this topic. The application was first developed in March 2007 and is managed by the Flanders Geographical Information Agency (FGIA). Following the KLIP-decree of 14 March 2008, it is obligatory for all network operators to be registered and to be responsible for the accuracy of the provided information. Prior to the start of excavation works, information about cables and pipes needs to be requested and received by the plan applicants. In this context, plan applicants can be principals of works, contractors, research departments or other individuals.
    In April 2015, the KLIP platform entered a second phase, the KLIP Digital Phase, allowing the digital exchange of information between plan applicants and network operators. Plan applicants are able to easily consult and receive all cable and pipe information from the requested zone in one plan. KLIP Digital also supports network operators to manage their own information and to make use of open standards to exchange information.

    According to FGIA, within the first six months since the launch of KLIP Digital, 100,000 plan requests have been submitted by nearly 4,500 plan applicants using the platform. Since the end of July 2015, each plan request is partially processed through KLIP.
    KLIP is founded on the IMKL 2.2 Data Model, which is an extension based on the INSPIRE data specifications on Utility Services.
    As of 1 January 2016, applicants pay a fee of €10 to FGIA in KLIP.

    Data and application integration solutions

    ARE3NA (Action 1.17 of the ISA Programme) is interested in the software powering the implementation and use of INSPIRE, where this work in Flanders shows some examples in practice.

    If you have a similar story you would like to share with us, please contact us at are3na@jrc.europa.eu and let us know about your apps built around INSPIRE and Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI).

    Source: Joinup

  • Inspiring Solutions For A More Sustainable World: NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

    CitySmart Challenge
    Solutions For Sustainable Cities!

    The Europa Challenge has always had Europe's INSPIRE Directive to guide project development. This year we continue to have INSPIRE guide us and more specifically, we are looking for solutions specific to urban management. The CitySmart Europa Challenge is challenging the world's *best and brightest* to deliver sustainable solutions serving city needs.

    Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. How can we help cities work together to be more sustainable, more livable and more resilient? If cities were able to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating. Each city could develop different functionalities and then 'share' these with each other, massively increasing our planet's collective productivity.  

    Simply build a great application that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. Whether you win or not, you will advance a platform that allows every city to win! This challenge is open to all on our home planet.
    University Project
    Advance your career opportunities, build a great application that serves any part of the OpenCitySmart design and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. To do this you must first establish a team of three to five students, from a single University (or High School), with any mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Graduate students may enter as a single individual (there is *no team requirement for graduate students* but teams are still encouraged!). Each undergraduate team or graduate student must have a mentor. The mentor can be a professor, an associate or assistant professor, or an official lecturer at the same university as the team. Together they decide, design and build a spatial data application that serves local, regional, national or international interests guided by the OpenCitySmart design and the INSPIRE Directive.

    Professional SME Project
    Same criteria as above only there is no limit on team members or any mentor requirement. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s talents, while providing premier value to the world community. And in the process, have some brilliant fun!


    Propose your project now! Use the "Accept the Challenge" tab on the challange site to participate. The deadline to make your project website and code available to the world is 29 August 2016. Part of the final submission will be a three-minute video that describes and shows your app in action!

    The flyer
    Downloadthe World Wind Europa Challenge flyer

    Source:  http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it


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