|Agenda item||Notes, Conclusions & Actions|
|Welcome and approval of the agenda|
The agenda was approved without changes.
|Minutes of the previous meeting|
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2019.2 Improving data availability
Geoportal workshop 23-24 January 2019
- a summary of the workshop was provided by JRC: objectives, attendance, participants' expectations, results of the survey distributed before the workshop, conclusions and actions
- the security incident has been solved, but as a consequence:
- the metadata editor and the Validator 2 have been definitively dismissed
- some actions agreed were delayed:
- JRC to finalize and share the full report of the Geoportal workshop
- JRC to reorganize the Helpdesk (FAQ’s, closing issues, etc.)
- participants' feedback showed that the expectations for the workshop were satisfied, in particular:
- the Geoportal backend was understood
- the future developments (Harvesting Console, INSPIRE Analytics, etc.) were considered useful
- MS liked the idea of an annual in-presence meeting + regular teleconf meetings for sharing best practices
- BE to share some best practices they have and was encouraged to do that using the available template for best practices
- After a significant increase in the number of resources (including priority data sets) available on the Geoportal from September 2018 to January 2019, now there is more fluctuation in the numbers.
- A demo of the new Geoportal Harvesting Console (launched during the meeting) was presented, highlighting the main features:
- access is ECAS-protected:
- JRC has asked MS to indicate 2 authorized MS catalogue admins to which access was granted
- after authentication, the catalogue admin can see the harvesting status, the endpoints to harvest and their responsible organizations
- when a harvest is performed, the catalogue admin can check the issues found, see a comparison against the previous harvest, access the sandbox instance of the Geoportal showing the situation in case the harvest results were published, and publish the results
- a help guide on how to perform the harvest is available
- a discussion was held on the possible role of this new mechanism (MS decision on the publication of harvest results) for Monitoring and Reporting
- for MS (e.g. IT) where the technical responsibles (performing harvesting) and the political responsible (giving consent to publishing) are different, access should be granted to more than 2 admins:
- MS to provide JRC with the details of additional people to be granted access
- the new mechanism should not discourage MS to keep on publishing data sets as-is
- JRC to add the option to schedule a harvesting at a specific day/time
- the Harvesting Console includes the previous functionality of the discovery service registry
- A demo of the new version 1.1 of the Geoportal (released the previous week) was presented
- new features (front-end): search function on results, copy-to-clipboard function, support for automatic metadata translation (provided by the EC Translation Service), priority data set keywords added in the metadata detail page
- back-end: more flexibility for WFS Download services
- a release note page was created to inform about current and future releases of the Geoportal:
- v. 1.2 by June/July 2019, v. 2.0 by October/November 2019
- A demo of the Resource Linkage Verification Tool was presented:
- purposes: check the linkages between MD and View/Download services and eliminate the use of the Geoportal as a testing environment
- the tool returns a report listing the issues in the verfication process (with detailed explanations available for each of them).
- the application is under finalization and will be published in the coming weeks
- a discussion follows, where:
- it is clarified that this tool is not meant to be used to validate resources (which is the scope of the Reference Validator)
- since the purpose is to check the links between metadata and services, both MD TG 1.3 and 2.0 can be used
- 11 countries expressed interest in participating in the testing:
- JRC to schedule the kick-off meeting for resource linking and inform the 11 MS
Follow-up actions on data usability
- Following the work started during the Geoportal workshop, the importance of ensuring data usability, in addition to availability and beyond the legal requirements of the Directive is highlighted.
- 3 usability issues are prioritized and separately presented/discussed (see below).
- The proposed follow-up action (supported by participants, see sli.do results) consists to draft a short best practice document for each of the 3 issues:
- an editor (and possibly some contributors) are required for each issue
- JRC is able to support the cost of 10 days of work for each of the 3 editors
- JRC to send out a formal call for editors on data usability
- MS expert to express their interest to lead/contribute to the documents
1. Implementation strategies for Network Services:
- 3 examples are shown of usability issues encountered while trying to access/consume data on the Geoportal:
- GML data sets of gigantic file sizes, with their own application schema and naming convention, provided through ATOM feeds - not loadable in clients
- single View/Download Services providing 1500+ data sets related to multiple themes
- huge data sets (~250 MB) served through WFS Download Services, causing slow/impossible downloads for clients
- A discussion follows, where it is suggested to keep track of user access to View/Download Services from the Geoportal.
2. Protection & authentication
- Although INSPIRE allows MS to limit access to Network Services (Articles 13 & 14), sometimes this limitation poses serious usability issues, e.g.:
- Get Network Service Metadata requests accessible through authentication (e.g. CAPTCHA)
- View Services not accessible and Download Services accessible through authentication, without clear instructions for users on how to get credentials
- INSPIRE data sets are released under a huge heterogeneity of licenses.
- An example is shown, where a user wants to use AD data sets (found on the Geoportal) for multiple MS, combine and use them for commercial purposes
- it is hard to know under which conditions the data sets found can be combined and used.
- it would be useful to automatically check all the Geoportal data sets available under open data licenses.
2018.1 INSPIRE monitoring and reporting
Testing of country fiche editor
- Activities were slightly delayed due to the work to address the security issue
- Testing was performed from 25/02 to 08/03 with 5 MS, feedback was very positive and many improvements proposals were sent.
- The tool has been available for National reporters since 25/03.
Discussion of indicators (incl. conformant vs. "as is" data) & maturity levels
- The new indicators and their calculation methods were consolidated and are presented:
- they reflect a basic conformance level (as-is data) as compared to an advanced conformance level (to be certified using the Reference Validator)
- JRC to define a minimum set of metadata required for the basic conformance level
- JRC to investigate how the Reference Validator can be linked/integrated in the Geoportal
Input from DE
- Presentation and discussion on different scenarios considering transformability of source data sets and provision of INSPIRE-related data sets before („as is“) and after reaching interoperability milestones („harmonised“).
Code list for spatial coverage
- The code list was developed with sub-group 2018.1 and is already available in the INSPIRE Registry:
- available codes are european, global, local, national, regional and examples of usage are outlined in the document
- the code list is under translation in all EU languages and MS are asked to provide feedback on the translation
- MS to provide feedback on the translation in their national language
- Provided in the guidance document for national reporters
Archiving geospatial information within the CEF eArchiving Building block
- There is a high need to archive geospatial information for many reasons.
- Within the CEF buildings blocks to facilitate delivery of digital public services across borders, the new eArchiving building block is presented
- There are potential links with INSPIRE (common guidelines and tools, adoption of the eArchiving building block, etc.):
- an opportunity is the Geopreservation Conference will be held in Ljubliana, Slovenia on May 6-7, 2019
|2017.3 Improved client support & “Can I use” platform|
- This action has not a sub-group associated, it was assigned to a consortium of companies:
- clients tested were both desktop and web, proprietary and open source
- GML data used for testing was retrieved from the Geoportal (AD and EF) and in some cases modified ad hoc
- Test suites were developed for GML and GeoJSON, looking at client support for different functions (load data, create/edit features, CRS handling, etc.)
- Results are available in GitHub and summarized in a web page, which shows which software supports which function:
- results are ready for GML, will be completed for GeoJSON - based on results from Action 2017.2
- desktop GIS provide more support than web GIS, with QGIS performing the best, although some functions are not in general supported (e.g. GML feature editing)
- finalizing tests, prioritizing issues, sharing results
- contacting software vendors to ask for easy fixes and invite them to the final meeting
- JRC to contact QGIS community to ask for a fix to the GML load issue shown during the MIG-T meeting
- JRC to organize the final meeting in June - an option is to held it in Leuven jointly with the OGC meeting, so that OGC is also involved
- JRC to evaluate other opportunities to present the work, e.g. at FOSS4G 2019
- v. 2.0 of the Re3gistry is under development, in collaboration with the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS):
JRC is testing the editing interface and the bulk import modules - testing instance available by the end of April
NLS is testing the data cache and data API modules - testing instance available in May
target release date is June 2019
Status of ETS and ETF developments
- Cloud instances of the INSPIRE Reference Validator were setup for increased performances; currently there are:
- New ATS/ETS were developed for View Services (WMS, WMTS), SOS and WCS Download Services, and MD TG 2.0:
- New improvements to the ETF: re-run button, changed color of skipped tests, bug-fixes (e.g. password field hidden).
- all to inform their data providers about the new ETS/ETF developments, test them in the Staging instance and report possible issues in the next 3-4 weeks
- JRC to invite members of sub-group 2017.4 to test the new ETS/ETF developments
- The central point where any issue/question on the Validator shall be reported is the GitHub Community space.
- Each issue is addressed according to a specific workflow, where the solution is first developed in the Staging instance and the reported is invited to test and approve it.
- A changelog and a release planning for the Staging and Production instances are available.
- ETS for CSW will be available for testing in about one month.
- ETF future developments include testing the cloud deployment, setup a workflow for automated testing/integration of new developments, and new functionality (e.g. visual improvement of test reports and provision of additional download formats for test reports).
- If there is interest from MS, JRC can organize a workshop for developers on the Validator (before October)
- JRC to collect interest in holding a workshop for ETS (and potentially ETF) developers
2017.2 Alternative encodings
Status and planning
- The work of the sub-group is almost complete; final documents will be available soon:
- the main outcome is a generic GeoJSON encoding rule, complemented by a set of model transformation rules specifically developed for AD and EF themes
- public review of the documents will be open until the end of May, then the documents will be proposed for endorsement to the MIG in June
- A successful encoding of AU and GN data sets (originally GML files with thousands of objects) in the GeoPackage format was performed in Spain.
- Emilio to summarize the procedure and results in a technical document (re-using the same template of the GeoJSON document), also focusing on other themes (TN, HY)
- All to communicate interest and join Emilio in writing the document on Geopackage as an alternative encoding
- Overall, it is clear that different encodings might be useful for different themes and different applications (e.g. GeoJSON for visualization purposes, GeoPackage for network analysis).
- AT will host a GeoPackage hackathon in May (in German)
- AT to report about the GeoPackage hackathon.
WFS 3.0 mapping - download service
- An introduction on WFS 3.0, current status and next steps is presented:
- release candidate is out, approval process is ongoing and there will be a hackathon in London on June 20-21
- The status of the paper on mapping INSPIRE IR's for Network Services with WFS 3.0 is presented:
- discussion is limited because few participants have read the document in advance
- All to read the WFS 3.0 document and provide feedback at the next MIG-T meeting
- A meeting was held in ESTAT on 26/03/2019 with JRC, ESTAT, PL and NL:
- a number of changes to the IR, TG and the INSPIRE Registry were agreed for SU, PD and HH themes.
- Feedback on the revision of the IR on ISDSS was provided before 31/01/2019 by 5 MS (AT, DE, DK, NL, PL):
- both requests for clarification and additional change proposals were provided
- JRC to reply to the feedback from MS
- JRC to further amend the legal text and pass it to the Legal Service to contonue the revision process
Linking spatial data
- IT and ES presented two valuable examples on the use of spatial linked data and their possible link with INSPIRE.
- JRC to plan possible follow-up activities on this.
- INSPIRE event 2019, Helsinki, October 22-24:
- coordinated by the Finnish NLS with support of the JRC, it will mainly target a technical audience and organized around technical challenges
- website and call for challenges to be launched in the next few weeks
- ELISE EU gazetteer pilot:
- the work on WP2 (supporting the acquisition of AD and GN data sets from the Geoportal) is progressing well
- results will be useful to evaluate usability of INSPIRE data sets for a concrete, pan-European need
- INSPIRE-based reporting for Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Directive:
- a case study is presented on how the INSPIRE infrastructure was used by a non-traditional community (in particular, for reporting for the IAS Directive)
- INSPIRE & IACS/LPIS data:
- IACS/LPIS data have a huge potential to be shared using INSPIRE infrastructure, as already done by some MS; additional work is needed to facilitate integration
- Workshop on making spatial data discoverable through mainstream search engines:
- the workshop will be held at the JRC in Ispra on July 3-4, 2019
- call for abstract is open untile May 3, 2019