Support #3387

NO: Metadata and dataset understanding of yearly data versions - clarification

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

Status:FeedbackStart date:08 Oct 2018
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From: Arvid Lillethun
Sent: 08 October 2018 15:33
Subject: Metadata and dataset understanding of yearly data versions - clarification 


How are we to define datasets when we have yearly reporting of data, in order to make this work in the Inspire validation, Inspire reporting and Inspire statistics in the country fiche etc?

I use the case of Ospar dumping sites as an example, being delivered from Norway to Central Reporting Database at EEA, being delivered with new data each year 2002-2018.

(According to the Inspire directive this theme is part of Inspire, but it is not a part of the priority data.). But here I just use it as an example for time series data.

All the data time series/ deliveries from 2002 onwards is uploaded at EEA and many be found there.









Arvid Lillethun




DATA_6-2018-03_Note delegation to international organisations_v3.pdf (590 KB) Michael Lutz, 11 Oct 2018 12:00 pm


#1 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 2 years ago

Dear Arvid,

we are discussing internally.

Best regards,

#2 Updated by Michael Lutz about 2 years ago

Dear Arvid,

for data falling under the scope of INSPIRE, you have the obligation to provide metadata, download and view services and, from 2020 (or 2023 for NO?) for Annex III data, to harmonise them.

There was a discussion on whether these tasks can be delegated or passed on to other entities, e.g. the Regional Sea Conventions, in the context of the TG Data of the MSFD. It was clarified by DG ENV that this is indeed possible, but that the MS remains legally responsible for meeting their INSPIRE obligations and hence they should have some +/- formal agreement with the 3rd party providing data or metadata on their behalf (see attached note).

On your specific questions:

  • You should document the data sets with metadata, that should be available in your national discovery service.
  • You should set up a download and view service for the data, e.g. an atom feed (for download) as you propose, unless the EIONET repository offers these INSPIRE network services (I don't think so). The links inside the atom feed can then of course point to the relevant files in the EIONET repository.

Angelo will get back to you on the question around data set series.

#3 Updated by Angelo Quaglia about 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Feedback

Dear Arvid,

concerning metadata,  according to ISO 19115 "a dataset series is a collection of datasets sharing the same product specification but there is no strict rule and the final decision is up to the data provider."

The most interesting aspect of writing metadata for a series, is that it makes it possible to factor metadata element values shared among the datasets:

G.2 Metadata hierarchy levels
G.2.1 Dataset series metadata (optional)
A dataset series is a collection of spatial data that shares similar characteristics of theme, source date, resolution, and methodology. The exact definition of what constitutes a series entry will be determined by the data provider. 
The creation of a “dataset series” metadata level is an optional feature that allows users to consult higher-level characteristics for data search. The definition of this type of metadata may be adequate for the initial characterization of available spatial data, but may not be adequate for detailed assessment of data quality of specific datasets.

Unfortunately, the concept of series has never been fully developed in INSPIRE, so dataset and series metadata really look the same except for the label.

Support for linking a series with its datasets and explicit guidance on using this inheritance mechanism. have never been detailed in the Technical Guidelines.

So, I think that the current drivers for the choice are:

  • whether the Lineage, Spatial Resolution and the other relevant metadata elements values have changed throughout the years.
    If the metadata describing is the same except for the Temporal Reference, you could certainly write a single metadata document for the series and add multiple Temportal Reference elements.
  • whether you need or wish to assign a different INSPIRE Unique Resource Identifier for the data of each year.

In either case, you will be forced to a write more than one metadata document.


Concerning the Download Service implementation, an Atom based implementation looks like the appropriate choice.

If you go for one series metadata, there will need to be only one entry in the service feed.
In the data subfeed you will need one <entry> for each CRS and encoding combination.
I understand you currently have only the shapefile encoding.
Inside each <entry> you will have multiple link elements with rel="section" where you can use the time attribute to specify the year.


Best regards,


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