Support #3381

IE: INSPIRE Geoportal Harvesting Checker

Added by Angelo Quaglia about 2 years ago. Updated about 2 years ago.

Status:FeedbackStart date:01 Oct 2018
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From: Ben Scott []
Sent: 01 October 2018 18:49
Subject: INSPIRE Geoportal Harvesting Checker

Hi – I am managing a project on behalf of Ordnance Survey Ireland to look at options to implement a new INSPIRE portal for Ireland.  We are trying to determine the EU harvesting requirements for metadata.


Is a CSW the only format that can be used to make a selection of metadata available for harvest by the EU or can it also be provided in other formats, for example in a Web Accessible Folder?



Ben Scott

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#1 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 2 years ago

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Dear Ben,

Even though there isn't a strict legal requirement to use an OGC CSW 2.0.2 ISO AP 1.0, all the countries that are part of INSPIRE have agreed to use that for exchanging ISO 19139 metadata.

The INSPIRE Geoportal only harvests endpoints that have been registered by the INSPIRE National Contact Point.


Ireland already has, since long, a registered CSW 2.0.2 Discovery Service:

Resource ProviderIrish Spatial Data Infrastructure


You can find more details here:





Best regards,




#2 Updated by Michael Lutz about 2 years ago

From: Ben Scott
Sent: 03 October 2018 17:42:37 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Subject: RE: INSPIRE Geoportal Harvesting Checker

Hi Angelo,
Thankyou for your reply.  We are working with Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) can make a decision on the way forward about a replacement for the current endpoint at
Can I get further clarification on the following:
  • Is the agreement to use an OGC CSW 2.0.2 ISO AP 1.0 for harvesting only or is it also the agreed format to meet the Discovery requirements as well?  Are these used by every member state? 
  • Given that this is not a legal requirement, is there realistically any scope for Ireland to move to a different technology either for the Discovery Service or for the Harvesting endpoint?  For example:
    • CSW 3.0
    • Web Accessible folder for harvesting combined with ArcGIS Portal or Open Data technology for the Discovery component
Many thanks,

#3 Updated by Michael Lutz about 2 years ago

Dear Ben,

please use the Geoportal issue tracker for further discussing this issue.

OGC CSW 2.0.2 ISO AP 1.0 is the standard recommended in the INSPIRE Technical Guidelines (TG). While the TG is not legally binding, it explains how the requirements for discovery services stated in the INSPIRE Network Service Implementing Rules (IRs, the legal text) can be implemented using this standard. This is why the harvesting of MS discovery services is based on this agreed TG.

You are free to choose another base standard, but you would have to document how these meet the requirements in the IRs.

We can then discuss with the policy master (DG Environment) whether/how to support your technical solution as an additional solution for the INSPIRE geoportal.

Best regards,



Michael Lutz
Project Leader - INSPIRE

European Commission
Joint Research Centre 
B.6 – Digital Economy
Via Fermi 2749, TP 262
I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy

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