- News 19-Dec-2013: Report on the status of INSPIRE in the Balkan countries
- News 13-Dec-2013: Annex II+III amendment to Implementing Rules on the interoperability of spatial data...
- News 02-Dec-2013: Public consultation on INSPIRE Implementation opened today
- News 06-Nov-2013: Updated INSPIRE Metadata Technical Guidelines have been published today.
- News 21-Oct-2013: Annex II+III amendment to Regulation on the interoperability of spatial data sets...
- News 09-Oct-2013: INSPIRE Training Courses
- News 08-Jul-2013: Registration now open for INSPIRE Pool of Experts
What is the INSPIRE Directive?
The INSPIRE directive came into force on 15 May 2007 and will be implemented in various stages, with full implementation required by 2019.
The INSPIRE directive aims to create a European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure. This will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe.
A European Spatial Data Infrastructure will assist in policy-making across boundaries. Therefore the spatial information considered under the directive is extensive and includes a great variety of topical and technical themes.
INSPIRE is based on a number of common principles:
- Data should be collected only once and kept where it can be maintained most effectively.
- It should be possible to combine seamless spatial information from different sources across Europe and share it with many users and applications.
- It should be possible for information collected at one level/scale to be shared with all levels/scales; detailed for thorough investigations, general for strategic purposes.
- Geographic information needed for good governance at all levels should be readily and transparently available.
- Easy to find what geographic information is available, how it can be used to meet a particular need, and under which conditions it can be acquired and used.