INfrastructure for Spatial InfoRmation in Europe – INSPIRE
The Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) is a european initiative aiming at making the national geographic information in relationship with the environment available to the official european bodies. This text, that entered into force the 15th May 2007, and which has been transposed into national law in Luxembourg the 26th July 2010, entails numerous obligations and has an important impact on all ministries and public administrations that create and maintain geodata sets potentially in the scope of environmental considerations.
Following a strict planning, the member states have to fullfill the tasks defined in the directive, namely:
- deliver an annual report to the European Commission about the existing geodata sets entering into the scope of the directive, about their state and their technical details
- create, announce, maintain and deliver metadata sets about the geodata sets (textual information)
- create a national infrastructure that assumes the tasks of delivering these data sets to the european bodies
- create, prepare, manage and maintain geodata sets and corresponding webservices, potentially interesting for the environment
Because of the INSPIRE obligations, Luxembourg's Government decided in its session of the 25th July 2008 to create a national geodata infrastructure (ILDG). Government mandated Administration du cadastre et de la topographie (ACT), the national cadastre and topography administration, to create the technical base for this infrastructure using its geoportal. Through the same decision Government ordered a coordination committee of the national SDI to be implemented. This committee, called CC-ILDG is directed by a high representative of ACT.
At ACT a new department dedicated to the national SDI and the geoportal has been created. This department develops and maintains the geoportal with its applications, assists the partner administrations in their projects related to geodata and the SDI, and contributes to the creation, preparation and manipulation of new or existing data sets. This department also deals with the technical updatings, INSPIRE specifications, and daily management of the SDI as well as the geoportal.
INSPIRE Geoportal of Luxemburg