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Welcome and approval of the agenda 

The agenda of the meeting was approved without any additions or modifications.

Actions from the previous meeting (for discussion and agreement)

The minutes from the previous MIG-T meeting were revisited with no comments from MIG-T members on the way in which the actions are addressed.

Implementing Act on High Value Datasets under the Open Data Directive (a technical perspective) (I/D)

  • JRC presented on the technical perspective to approach the challenge of providing High-Value Datasets (HVDs) in the scope of the Open Data Directive. This included an overview of objectives, a summary of the policy context and explanation on the links to INSPIRE, particularly regarding the overlapping thematic areas / categories: Geospatial, Earth observation and environment, and Mobility. The requirements on metadata, licensing, encoding formats, granularity and accessibility were also clarified.
  • The revamped INSPIRE Geoportal user interface already counts with a way of browsing information by HVDs. This is ready to be launched once the Implementing Act laying on HVDs is adopted (expected by end of 2022).
  • After the proposed discussion, Member States showed high interest in the upcoming Implementing Act laying on HVDs complementing the Open Data Directive.
  • While recognising the value of this new legal act, they also expressed concerns on several aspects, including: the links with INSPIRE requirements (in terms of scope, technical requirements on data provision, data models), change of business models in data provisions, monitoring (including classification of HVDs using keywords), funding, and transposition at the national level.
  •  JRC to organise follow-up meetings with Member State representatives on the technical implementation of High-Value Datasets and INSPIRE monitoring and reporting.

MIWP Action 1.1 Towards a Digital Ecosystem for the Environment and Sustainability (I/D/E)

  • The team leading the GeoPackage good practice candidate (EEA, DE, DK and IT, including experts participating on behalf of JRC) presented on the aim of this work, the process performed to achieve the final goals, the main characteristics of the GeoPackage encoding and the evidences of implementation in the INSPIRE domain. This included several examples showing complete evidences of its implementation: from EEA (Noise Directive e-reporting), DK (Addresses), FI (Addresses), and IT (Geology). Conclusions were preceded by useful lessons learnt gained during the good practice process.
  • The team leading the Data-Service Linking Simplification good practice candidate (NL, FR, IT, DK and the JRC) presented this long-effort work. Reasoning and context justifying this work were summarised, together with the final objectives to be achieved: i) possibly avoiding the need of producing and maintaining ISO 19139 service metadata records by adopting an alternative path based on accomplishing a set of requirements mainly scoped to the ISO 19139 data set metadata records and the network services providing online access to them; and ii) allowing the provision of standard network services (e.g. standard Capabilities documents), reducing the additional INSPIRE requirements on software tools available in the market. This path is aimed to simplify the Data-Service linking approach in the revamped INSPIRE Geoportal, when fully implemented. The presentation included several examples showing evidences of its implementation: NL, FR, IT and the revamped INSPIRE Geoportal.
  • A Slido voting was held after these two presentations (see poll results), resulting in a successful unanimous endorsement of both candidates as INSPIRE good practices, just pending of the final legal scrutiny and feedback steps to finish the process.
  • JRC informed that a new good practice candidate page will be created based on the past work on GeoJSON achieved in the scope of MIG-T Action 2017.2 (see GeoJSON Encoding Good Practice webinar). The work will be reactivated to collect examples and evidences of implementation, which may lead to its future endorsement.

MIWP Action 2.3.1. Governance of INSPIRE artefacts (D/E)

  • Voting on change proposals
    • Application schemas: #70, #73
    • Technical Guidance documents: #46
  • Some context and background information on the Action is provided, in particular the governance process for proposing and endorsing change proposal to schemas and TGs is presented as a reminder.
  • Next, the three change proposals are separately presented and the MIG-T (also representing the MIG) voted on their acceptance. All Member States and EFTA countries were in favour of the endorsement (see the poll results). The three endorsed changes will become effective as of the next release (v.2023.1) scheduled on 31 January 2023.

INSPIRE Geoportal infrastructure (status update) (I/D)

  • The JRC summarised the objectives and working steps achieved to obtained the revamped revamped INSPIRE Geoportal based on GeoNetwork. Complexity was underestimated. The contractor (GeoCat) and the JRC have done a huge effort to push this work forward. 
  • The results obtained as an outcome of the beta-testing process are overall positive when comparing the indicators obtained with the new system to those with the current geoportal. However, there is room for improvement, particularly to solve some anomalies detected for the indicators measuring services accessibility in the case of large catalogues.
  • The INSPIRE Geoportal revamp, including backend, frontend (user interface) and publication system, is ongoing. However, some vulnerabilities needs to be resolved before publishing the new system on-line. The cloud server also needs to be upgraded to prevent current performance issues.
  • Despite the difficulties, the plan is to still face the INSPIRE Monitoring and Reporting 2022 with the revamped backend based on GeoNetwork.
  • Future project improvements should be community-driven. Potential synergies will be explored in the next months for establishing needs and identify funding opportunities between stakeholders.
  • The GeoNetwork and INSPIRE event held on 24 Nov was attended approximately by 35 MIG/MIG-T members and was well-received by the community. Interesting discussions took place, especially regarding the topics referred in the previous point.
  •  JRC to send credentials for accessing the revamped GeoNetwork backend to all MS/EFTA countries.
  •  JRC to push for solving vulnerabilities of the system and upgrade the cloud server to increase capacity and performance of the system in case of concurrent harvests.
  •  JRC to publish an event page in the IKB summarizing the 'GeoNetwork and INSPIRE' event, including presentations and link to the event recording (YouTube channel).

INSPIRE Validation Dashboard (I)

  • The JRC presents a dashboard built using ElasticSearch and Kibana and setup with the objective to get a higher knowledge on how and when the INSPIRE Reference Validator is used, e.g. which are the resources that are most validated, which are the resources for which most passed/failed tests happen, in which part(s) of the day/year the Validator is most used, etc.
  • Some countries showed interest in the dashboard. Since the application runs on the JRC internal network, it cannot be shared publicly. The JRC will consider integrating the dashboard (in the form of screenshots) in the new IKB.


  • Geonovum tender on OGC API - Features: NL presents the scope and expectations of the tender, which is open to submissions regarding any software solution. Deadline for applications is .
  • GAIA-X for INSPIRE Study:

Closing of meeting

  • Summary of conclusions and actions

Bilateral meetings with MIG-T members (upon request)

A bilateral meeting was held by the JRC team with PL and SK.