Use of responsible party roles in INSPIRE metadata

Background

This page reports the results of an analysis on the use of responsible party roles in the metadata available on the INSPIRE Geoportal on 16 July 2014, harvested from catalogue services of 24 countries.

The purpose of this study was to verify how many countries use each of the 11 responsible party roles, and how frequently.

For the list of responsible party roles and their definition, see the INSPIRE Metadata Regulation (Part D, §6):

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2008/1205#d1e2074-14-1

Methodology

The collected data have then been aggregated to compute a frequency distribution per number of countries and percentage of metadata using each role.

Such analysis has been carried out separately for metadata records concerning:

  • datasets
  • series
  • discovery services
  • view services
  • download services

Services in the categories invoke, transformation and other have not been taken into account since, at the date when the experiment was carried out (16 July 2014), they did not provide a representative sample. This was because their total number was very low (e.g., only 7 transformation services are available) and/or they are unevenly distributed across countries (e.g., out of a total of 111 invoke services, 109 are operated by a single country).

Results

The results are summarised by the following graphs, which aggregate the figures concerning data (datasets + series) and services (discovery + view + download). Data and graphs specifically concerning datasets, series and the considered service types are available in the appendix.

Datasets and series

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series

  author custodian distributor originator owner point of contact principal investigator processor publisher resource provider user
Used in >75% of metadata 1 country 3 countries 1 country 0 countries 4 countries 2 countries 0 countries 0 countries 0 countries 2 countries 0 countries
Used in >50% and <75% of metadata 0 countries 1 country 1 country 2 countries 1 country 7 countries 0 countries 0 countries 1 country 0 countries 0 countries
Used in >25% and <50% of metadata 0 countries 4 countries 1 country 1 country 5 countries 9 countries 0 countries 0 countries 1 country 0 countries 0 countries
Used in <25% of metadata 15 countries 10 countries 17 countries 17 countries 10 countries 6 countries 13 countries 12 countries 13 countries 15 countries 8 countries
Not used 8 countries 6 countries 4 countries 4 countries 4 countries 0 countries 11 country 12 countries 9 countries 7 countries 16 countries

Services (discovery, view, download)

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning services

  author custodian distributor originator owner point of contact principal investigator processor publisher resource provider user
Used in >75% of metadata 0 countries 0 countries 0 countries 0 countries 2 countries 6 countries 0 countries 0 countries 1 country 0 countries 0 countries
Used in >50% and <75% of metadata 0 countries 2 countries 1 country 1 country 1 country 4 countries 0 countries 0 countries 1 country 0 countries 0 countries
Used in >25% and <50% of metadata 1 country 4 countries 0 countries 1 country 2 countries 4 countries 0 countries 0 countries 2 countries 1 country 0 countries
Used in <25% of metadata 6 countries 8 countries 12 countries 7 countries 9 countries 6 countries 2 countries 2 countries 4 countries 16 countries 1 country
Not used 17 countries 10 countries 11 country 15 countries 10 countries 4 countries 22 countries 22 countries 16 countries 7 countries 23 countries

Conclusions

Results show that, at the date when the experiment was carried out (16 July 2014), there was no homogeneity in how responsible party roles were used across European countries, and there was not a specific role that was used prominently. More precisely:

  • Role “user” was the least used, immediately followed by “principal investigator” and “processor”.
  • The only role that seemed to have a higher distribution was “point of contact”, followed by “owner”.

The statistics collected through this study, aggregated by country, also suggest that roles “custodian”, “distributor”, “publisher” and “resource provider” were used to denote the same role, although their use varied from country to country. This situation may be determined by the fact that the semantics of these roles are overlapping. The corresponding frequency distribution based on the collected data is depicted in the following graphs.

The preliminary results illustrated above need to be consolidated, but if confirmed by further analyses they may highlight a trend where the responsible party roles specified more frequently in INSPIRE metadata, across countries, are “point of contact”, “owner”, and the role resulting from the aggregation of roles “custodian”, “distributor”, “publisher” and “resource provider”.

Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series

Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning services

Appendix - Data and graphs

Datasets

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets

Series

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning series

Discovery services

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning discovery services

View services

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning view services

Download services

Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning download services

Attachments

responsible-party-roles-data.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series (386 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:39 pm

responsible-party-roles-services.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning services (385 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:40 pm

responsible-party-roles-data-aggregated.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series (245 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:41 pm

responsible-party-roles-services-aggregated.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning services (246 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:42 pm

responsible-party-roles-data-sets.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets (387 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:44 pm

responsible-party-roles-data-series.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning series (385 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:45 pm

responsible-party-roles-services-discovery.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning discovery services (385 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:45 pm

responsible-party-roles-services-view.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning view services (385 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:46 pm

responsible-party-roles-services-download.csv Magnifier - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning download services (385 Bytes) Andrea Perego, 24 Jul 2014 04:46 pm

responsible-party-roles-data.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series (37.7 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:24 am

responsible-party-roles-services.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning services (39 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:24 am

responsible-party-roles-data-aggregated.png - Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets and series (18.3 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:25 am

responsible-party-roles-services-aggregated.png - Frequency distribution of aggregated responsible party roles in metadata concerning services (18.3 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:25 am

responsible-party-roles-data-sets.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning data sets (37.2 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:26 am

responsible-party-roles-data-series.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning series (36.9 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:26 am

responsible-party-roles-services-discovery.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning discovery services (37 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:27 am

responsible-party-roles-services-view.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning view services (37.8 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:28 am

responsible-party-roles-services-download.png - Frequency distribution of responsible party roles in metadata concerning download services (37.4 KB) Andrea Perego, 28 Jul 2014 10:28 am