Support #2841

UK: INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme missing from 6712 dataset metadata

Added by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago. Updated about 4 years ago.

Status:FeedbackStart date:14 Sep 2016
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Description

Dear Alex, Peter,

the INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme is missing from 6,712 of the 22,723 metadata for Spatial Data Sets and Series collected from UK National Discovery Service.

 

 

History

#1 Updated by Peter Parslow about 4 years ago

That is true. The reason is that the UK has not updated its (our) national metadata guidelines to take account of the December 2013 metadata technical guidelines yet (1.3). Not a very good reason, I admit. We (UK) did kick off a project to do that update & the next one, when that was expected in mid 2014 - we then put the project on hold when MIWP-8 got 'stuck'. Just recently, we decided to go ahead with the project, even though the revised INSPIRE Metadata TG is still in process. So we now expect to issue revised UK guidelines early in 2017, after which I assume people will start to implement them.

Note: I'm not part of the central coordinating unit for UK INSPIRE, which sits with Defra. But I am responsible for updating the national guidelines, which have now (as of August 2016) been handed over from Defra to the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) - of which I chair the standards committee.

#2 Updated by Alex Ramage about 4 years ago

 

Angelo,

 

 

Please note – this e-mail should be sent direct to the UK-inspire-ncp@defra.gsi.gov.uk.  If you wish to include others, then they should be cc into the e-mail.

 

I have copied it to John Dixon and Jason King of the UK Inspire team.

 

Alex Ramage 

 

#3 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

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#4 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

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#5 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

Many thanks for the prompt updates.

#6 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

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From: Angelo Quaglia [mailto:angelo.quaglia@ext.jrc.ec.europa.eu]
Sent: 14 September 2016 17:58
To: 'UK-inspire-ncp@defra.gsi.gov.uk' <UK-inspire-ncp@defra.gsi.gov.uk>
Cc: Ramage, Alex (Alex.Ramage@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk) <Alex.Ramage@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk>; 'Peter Parslow' <Peter.Parslow@os.uk>; 'King, Jason (SCFS)' <Jason.King@defra.gsi.gov.uk>; 'Johnny Dixon' <john.dixon@defra.gsi.gov.uk>
Subject: UK: INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme missing from 6712 dataset metadata

 

Dear Sirs,

 

the INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme is missing from 6,712 of the 22,723 metadata for Spatial Data Sets and Series collected from UK National Discovery Service by the INSPIRE Geoportal.

 

In the following chart (where both lines and columns are stacked), you can see that the problem started in Nov 2015 and worsened with the increase in the number of datasets and series metadata.

 

The INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme is a metadata element required by the INSPIRE Metadata Regulation.

 

We kindly ask you to determine whether the affected metadata documents fall under the scope of INSPIRE.

If they do, we kindly ask you to amend them to include the missing keywords.

If they don’t, they need to be filtered out from the records served to the INSPIRE Geoportal.

 

 

 

Best regards,

Angelo Quaglia

#7 Updated by Peter Parslow about 4 years ago

As noted above, we're aware of the need to populate this element, since the Dec 2013 technical guidelines (before that, leaving it unpopulated was the way to encode "not tested").

However, the idea of filtering out those records which describe datasets and services that are not "under the scope of INSPIRE" will be a new requirement on our national infrastructure, and may take longer to implement. I dount there was an explicit general statement before, but we corresponded with JRC some years ago, and they were happy to receive records about "non INSPIRE" things in the past. I believe this discussion was in 2011.

Is it actually a requirement in national discovery services that they only return records that are "under the scope of INSPIRE", or if it is a requirement of the European portal, then is the obligation on the portal to request records using an appropriate filter?

(In addition to what I mentioned before about now being responsible for the national guidelines, I am also currently the business owner of the national discovery service).

#8 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

Dear Peter, 

the Network Service Regulation states that:

3.2.1. Discover Metadata Response parameter

The Discover Metadata Response parameter shall contain at least the INSPIRE metadata elements of each resource matching the query.

INSPIRE metadata for Spatial Data Sets, Series requires an INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme.

 

The registration procedure on the INSPIRE Geoportal allows  to enter an OGC Filter.

In my opinion, this is a temporary workaround but a viable and reasonable one because it implies that a set of criteria to identify the INSPIRE resources has been defined and implemented.

The next step it to make available a virtual endpoint which simply applies the filter behind the scenes.

 

#9 Updated by Peter Parslow about 4 years ago

Oh dear, I've been misreading the problem all along. I thought the issue was about not specifying conformity to a specification.

You were quite clear (in the title of the post, no less) that the issue is about not specifying the relevant INSPIRE theme. My initial answer is entirely irrelevant to that issue - sorry!

Our national guidance has always been quite explicit that "Discovery metadata records which describe a dataset or data series that relate to one or more of the INSPIRE themes must include the appropriate keyword(s) from the GEMET INSPIRE themes, e.g. "Addresses", as the first keyword. "

The filtering question still stands though; the INSPIRE metadata element Keyword is returned in these cases, it just doesn't contain a valid INSPIRE value. We (UK) will have to consider this, if returning these records (which may well be relevant to our national SDI - we'd have to inspect them all to check!) is no longer acceptable to the EC INSPIRE portal.

I will bring this up in our national technical call which is about to start.

#10 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

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#11 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

From: INSPIRE (DEFRA) [mailto:UK-INSPIRE-NCP@defra.gsi.gov.uk]
Sent: 20 September 2016 17:33
To: Angelo Quaglia <angelo.quaglia@ext.jrc.ec.europa.eu>
Cc: King, Jason (DDTS) <Jason.King@defra.gsi.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme missing from 6712 dataset metadata

 

Hi Angelo

 

We are aware of this issue and are in the process of addressing it, though it is not quite as you set out.  Are you going to the INSPIRE conference? 

 

John

 

John Dixon | INSPIRE National Contact Point | Senior Data Policy Officer | Data Management and Policy | Digital, Data and Technology Services | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs |

#12 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 4 years ago

From: Angelo Quaglia [mailto:angelo.quaglia@ext.jrc.ec.europa.eu]
Sent: 20 September 2016 18:22
To: INSPIRE (DEFRA) <UK-INSPIRE-NCP@defra.gsi.gov.uk>
Cc: King, Jason (DDTS) <Jason.King@defra.gsi.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: INSPIRE Spatial Data Theme missing from 6712 dataset metadata

 

Hi John,

Yes, I will. See you there, then!

Angelo

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