26 Sep 2018
EC presents new INSPIRE Geoportal for spatial data in EU
The European Commission launched its new INSPIRE Geoportal on 24 September 2018, at the 2018 INSPIRE Conference in Antwerp, Belgium. The redesigned portal offers easier access to spatial data in the EU and is a one-stop shop for public authorities, business and citizens to discover, access and use data sets related to the environment in Europe. The portal is developed and hosted by the EC's Joint Research Centre (JRC), in collaboration with and support from the European Commission's DG for Environment, Eurostat and the European Environment Agency. The Geoportal makes it easier to discover, monitor and directly use geospatial data sets relevant for specific application areas, in particular European environmental policy. It provides overviews of data sets by country and thematic area, and makes the data available and ready-for-use in a range of applications. The Geoportal is based on the metadata regularly harvested from the (currently 36) officially registered national data catalogues of EU Member States and EFTA countries.
All EU countries produce and use geospatial data, on, for example, ground water, transport networks, population, land use and air temperature. Threats to the environment, issues related to its protection, or crisis situations do not stop at national or regional boundaries. Therefore, public authorities need to be able to easily access and compare geospatial data across borders. The INSPIRE data infrastructure enables the sharing of such data among public authorities and facilitates public access to spatial information across Europe.
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