Give your opinion on INSPIRE

December 10, 2013

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

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The European Commission is asking for opinions about the “Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community” Directive. Known as INSPIRE, it’s a pan-European initiative to help governments, citizens and businesses share geographic, social-economic and environmental data. The consultation aims to collect feedback on the experiences of individual users and producers of such spatial data working for public authorities, for the private and academic sector or as individual citizens, with a view to improving the provision of information for policies and activities having an impact on the environment.

Responses to problems like air pollution, biodiversity loss and preventing natural disasters require good quality data and environmental information, which the INSPIRE Directive was designed to provide. The Directive has been in place since 2007, and the Commission is now looking for ways to adapt it to subsequent developments.

The consultation is open to all. Respondents with experience of INSPIRE are especially welcome, and will be asked for views on topics such as the level of documentation of the spatial data and services, and whether or not INSPIRE facilitates the use, discovery, view and download of the spatial data and services they need. Views on the services provided by the European geo-portal and other gateways to geo-information are also welcome.

Respondents are asked to give their opinion on the relevance of INSPIRE, the utility of its actions, its cost-efficiency and implementation. The European Commission is also interested to find out if they identified positive and/or negative spill-over effects of INSPIRE in the field of environmental policy and in relation to other policies such as eGovernment.