Introduction

The INSPIRE Thematic Clusters  (link is external)on-line collaboration platform was set up with the objective of supporting INSPIRE implementation in the Member States.

All infrastructures, and INSPIRE is no exception, require maintenance and evolution. The experience gained during the development of the Technical Guidelines as well as lessons learned by implementing the infrastructure, especially in thematic domains, need to be shared to optimise performance of the infrastructure to meet policy objectives and to increase its usability within thematic domains. To aid this further evolution of INSPIRE and to help embed it in technical practices within a range of communities, on-line collaboration thematic platforms have be set up for sharing theme-specific experiences.

The Thematic Clusters and their facilitators are: 

Cluster Name

Facilitator

INSPIRE Themes Theme Abbreviations

Statistical Cluster

Mirosław MIGACZ

Statistical Units, Population Distribution, Human Health and Safety Statistical Units, Population Distribution, Human Health and Safety (SU-PD-HH)

Marine and Atmosphere Cluster

Keiran MILLARD

Oceanographic Geographical  Features, Sea Regions, Atmospheric Conditions and Meteorological Geographical Features (OF, SR, AC, MF)

Earth Science Cluster

 

Geology, Soil, Natural Risk Zones, Mineral resources, Energy resources (GS-SO-NZ-MR-ER)

Land Cover and Land Use Cluster

Lena HALLIN-PIHLATIE

Land Use, Land Cover (LU-LC)

Elevation, Orthoimagery, Reference Systems, Geographical Grids Cluster

Jordi ESCRIU

Elevation, Orthoimagery, Coordinate Reference Systems, Geographical Grid (EL-OI-RS-GG)

Environmental Monitoring and Observations Cluster

Katharina SCHLEIDT

Environmental Monitoring Facilities, Observations and Measurements (EF-OM)

Biodiversity and Management Areas Cluster

Stefania MORRONE

Protected Sites, Area Management/Restriction/Regulation Zones and Reporting Units, Habitats and Biotopes, Species Distribution, Bio-geographical Regions (PS-BR-HB-SD-AM)

Facilities, Utilities and Public Services Cluster

Angel LOPEZ ALOS

Facilities, Utilities and Public Services (PF, AF, US)

Topographic and Cadastral Reference Data

Anja HOPFSTOCK

Hydrography, Geographical Names, Administrative Units, Cadastral Parcels, Addresses, Buildings, Transport Networks (HY-GN-AU-CP-AD-BU-TN)

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Each Thematic Cluster is managed by a facilitator, whose main task is to support INSPIRE implementers and users to share their experiences, best practices, raise questions and potentially help finding solutions in their thematic domains. 

The Facilitators are helped by MIG-T liaisons (one per each Cluster) especially when it comes to collect, document and prioritise the possible changes/additions to INSPIRE Technical Guidelines.

The current MIG-T liaisons are:   

  1. Earth Science Cluster: Carlo Cipolloni (IT)
  2. Land Cover and Land Use Cluster: Lars Erik Storgaard (DK)
  3. Elevation, Orthoimagery, Reference Systems, Geographical Grids Cluster: Markus Seifert (DE)
  4. Environmental Monitoring and Observations Cluster: Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias (EEA)
  5. Facilities, Utilities and Public Services Cluster: ?
  6. Topographic and Cadastral Reference Data: Markus Jobst (AT)
  7. Marine and Atmosphere Cluster: Anders Ryden (SE)
  8. Biodiversity and Management Areas Cluster: Darja Lihteneger (EEA)
  9. Statistical Cluster: Jari Reini (FI)

2017 Meetings of Thematic cluster facilitators 

The 2016 TC Activity Status Reports: 

The facilitator's reports contain best practices, identified issues, recommendations and suggestions for improvements as published by users in Thematic Clusters collaborative platforms or provided directly by facilitators.   

  1. Earth Science Cluster
  2. Land Cover and Land Use Cluster
  3. Elevation, Orthoimagery, Reference Systems, Geographical Grids Cluster
  4. Environmental Monitoring and Observations Cluster
  5. Facilities, Utilities and Public Services Cluster
  6. Topographic and Cadastral Reference Data
  7. Marine and Atmosphere Cluster
  8. Biodiversity and Management Areas Cluster
  9. Statistical Cluster

The collection of SW bugs/issues related to the use of GeoServer for INSPIRE implemenation

by Kathi Scheidt (facilitator 0f O&M TC) and Stefania Morrone (facilitator of Biodiversity TC) 

INSPIRE Conference 2017 - Activity reports of TC facilitators:

As every year the INSPIRE conference is a great opportunity to meet with stakeholders discuss their achievements as well as possible issues. Here are the structured activity reports from facilitators regarding the INPSIRE Conference 2017:

  1. Land Cover and Land Use Cluster by Lena HALLIN-PIHLATIE 
  2. Elevation, Orthoimagery, Reference Systems, Geographical Grids Cluster by Jordi ESCRIU  
  3. Environmental Monitoring and Observations Cluster by Katharina SCHLEIDT
  4. Facilities, Utilities and Public Services Cluster by Angel LOPEZ ALOS
  5. Topographic and Cadastral Reference Data by Anja HOPFSTOCK
  6. Marine and Atmosphere Cluster by Keiran MILLARD
  7. Biodiversity and Management Areas Cluster by Stefania MORRONE
  8. Statistical Cluster by Mirosław MIGACZ
  9. Earth Science Cluster by Tim Duffy (Consolidated proposal for Geology TG update) 

 

 INSPIRE Thematic Clusters Evaluation Meeting (12-13.3. 2018 Ispra) 

Minutes of the meeting 

After more then 3 years of existence of the INSPIRE Thematic Clusters Collaborative platform (launched 11/12/2014) the evaluation meeting was held to take stock of the activity, evaluate and discuss possible improvements and alighnments with new policy requirements etc. 

The Agenda of the meeting including the presentations:

Time

Agenda Item

Who

Objective / expected outcomes

12:00-13:00

Common JRC mensa

all

  •  

13:00-13:10

Welcome and approval of the agenda

Robert Tomas (JRC)

 

13:10-13:20

EC@EEA INSPIRE CT  future orientations

Joeri Robbrecht

  • The view of the policy master on the future of the 2016.4

13:20 – 14:00

Summary of the TC activity 2017 + summary of the User survey

 

 

Robert Tomas

14:00 – 15.00

Summary of the proposals from facilitators

Facilitators (10min each)

  • Proposals/suggestions for improvement

15:00 – 15:30

MIG-T liaisons views

MIG-T liaisons

  • Proposals/suggestions for improvement

15:30-16:00

Coffee

 

  •  

16.00 – 16.30

Discussion

all

  • Discussion on the possible improvements related to functionality, content, organisation

16:30 – 17:30

Where to place and manage SW tools related issues

Robert Tomas + Michael Lutz

  • Possible synergies/integrations/

17:30 -18:00

Collection and management of good practices, implem.  examples

Michael Lutz + Robert Tomas 

  • Introduction / discussion
  • Role of TC facilitators/MIG-t Liaisons
  • Discussion

 

Wednesday, 14.3. 2018

Time

Agenda Item

Who

Objective / expected outcomes

  • 9:30-9:45
  • Summary of the day 1
  • Robert Tomas (JRC)

 

  • 9:45-10:30
  • Helpdesk or Discussion  forum only

Michael Lutz + Robert Tomas + all

Clarification, discussion, agreement on the role of the TC in the future

  • 10:30 – 11:15
  • Presentation of the relevant JRC activity
  • Alex Kotsev, Michael Lutz, Vlado Cetl
  • Sharing/understanding/supporting by facilitators/MIG-T liaisons to JRC led activities
  • 11:15-11:45
  • Coffee
  •  
  •  
  • 11:45 -12:30
  • Summary of the agreed changes to Functionality, content, organisation of TC
  • Nominated reporters  
  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Agreement
  • 12:30-13:30
  • Lunch (JRC mensa)
  •  

 

  • 13:30-15:30

New objectives for Facilitators, role of MIG-T liaisons 

Better interaction with MIG-T - MIWP 2016.4  

Robert Tomas / all

  • Agreement on the scope of the facilitators future work
  • Finding a realistic way for better integration of the TC proposals to MIG-T activities
  • Clarifying the Roles of MIG-T liaisons
  • 15:30-16:00
  • Coffee
  •  

 

  • 16:00-16:30
  • AOB:
  • INSPIRE conference – presence
  • ..

 

  • Robert Tomas + Karen Fullerton

 

  • 16:30
  • End of the meeting
  • Robert Tomas

 

INSPIRE Thematic Clusters Collaborative platform - User Survey (13.2-9.3.2018) results: 

Here is the Summary presentation of the feedback recieved, the total 125 responses were collected, via on-line user survey published on 13.2. and closed 9.3.2018.

INSPIRE TC Survey 2018 results 

 

INSPIRE Thematic Clusters 2017- Activity reports by of TC facilitators:

The suggestions, recommendations made by facilitators in their reports served during the TC Evaluation meeting.

The 2017 TC Activity reports: 

  1. Land Cover and Land Use Cluster by Lena HALLIN-PIHLATIE 
  2. Elevation, Orthoimagery, Reference Systems, Geographical Grids Cluster by Jordi ESCRIU  
  3. Environmental Monitoring and Observations Cluster by Katharina SCHLEIDT
  4. Facilities, Utilities and Public Services Cluster by Angel LOPEZ ALOS - not provided
  5. Topographic and Cadastral Reference Data by Anja HOPFSTOCK
  6. Marine and Atmosphere Cluster by Keiran MILLARD
  7. Biodiversity and Management Areas Cluster by Stefania MORRONE
  8. Statistical Cluster by Mirosław MIGACZ
  9. Earth Science Cluster - not provided

1ST 2017 INSPIRE Thematic clusters Teleconference.docx (16.6 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:16 pm

TC_D1- Elevation_Report-Phase3_2016_FIN.doc (797 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-report_phase3_LCLU_vara_FIN.doc (375 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-Report_phase3_MarineAtmos-D1_R2r0_FIN.doc (1.13 MB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-Report_phase3_Statistical_Cluster_Mirosław_Migacz_FIN.doc (450 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-Report_Topo_phase3_FIN.doc (1.43 MB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-Report-Phase3_2016_Biodiversity_FIN.docx (125 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

TC_D1-Report-Phase3_2016_O&M&EF_KS_FIN.docx (105 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:36 pm

GeoServer Problems for INSPIRE.xlsx (81.2 KB) Robert Tomas, 09 Mar 2017 06:56 pm

TC_Facilitators_Selected_Issues_Best_practices_2016.docx (140 KB) Robert Tomas, 24 Mar 2017 06:18 pm

ActivityReport_InspireConference2017_Facilities.docx (20.4 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:57 pm

Biodiversity.ActivityReport_InspireConference2017.docx (21.1 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:57 pm

TC3_TC6_Meeting INSPIRE conference2017.docx (21 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:57 pm

O&M&EF_Cluster report.docx (26.5 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:58 pm

LCLU_facilitator_report.pdf (213 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:58 pm

Inspire2017_MarineAtmosphere-ClusterReport_R1r0.docx (22.7 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 03:58 pm

Conference2017_Activity report_TC_statistics.docx (15 KB) Robert Tomas, 21 Nov 2017 04:10 pm

INSPIREThematicClustersPlatform_Survey_statatistics_RT.pptx (5.24 MB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 02:56 pm

20180312_FeedbackOnTheINSPIREThematicClustersPlatform_Survey&TC_RT.pptx (6.47 MB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 02:59 pm

20180115_TC6_report_phase3.doc (1.34 MB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:06 pm

D1-Report-O&M&EF_Cluster_2017.docx (116 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:07 pm

TC_3_FinalReport-Phase3_2017.doc (952 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:07 pm

TC_D2-Report-Phase3_2017_Biodiversity.docx (139 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:07 pm

TC_report_LCLU_20180119.doc (397 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:07 pm

TC_report_phase3.2_Statistical_Cluster_Mirosław_Migacz.doc (620 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:08 pm

TCreport_phase3_MarineAtmos-D3_R1r0.pdf (391 KB) Robert Tomas, 28 Mar 2018 03:08 pm

Minutes INSPIRE TC-Evaluation_Meeting_final.docx (177 KB) Robert Tomas, 10 Apr 2018 06:26 pm