24-25 October 2018
La Grande Arche, Parvis de la Défense, 92044 Paris-La Defense, France
The meeting will take place in the south wall of the Grande Arche ( https://www.parisdigest.com/monument/la-grande-arche.htm ), i.e. the left one, upstairs.
|Wednesday, 24 October|
|11:00-11:05||Welcome and approval of the agenda||page|
|11:05-11:15||Minutes of the previous meetings (for discussion and agreement)||51st MIG-T meeting 2018-08-30|
INSPIRE Conference Feedback (for exchange of views - round-table discussion)
2016.5 Priority data sets and Thematic Viewer (for exchange of views)
SDW1+2: Data-service linking (for exchange of views and endorsement)
Ongoing MIWP actions – Status reports and planning (for information and exchange of views)
|20:00||Social dinner (paid by participants)|
|Thursday, 25 October|
SDW-3: WFS 3.0 (for exchange of views)
SDW-4: Discovery of spatial data through mainstream search engines (for information and exchange of views) → Discussion in 2-3 break-out groups
|Google Dataset Search workshop 2018-09-19|
News from Member States (for information)
Information points (for information)
|16:15-16:30||Conclusions and next steps|
The minutes summarise the main conclusions and actions from the meeting. Actions are indicated in the minutes using checkboxes and are tracked in the "Open actions" section below.
The meeting was attended by experts from AT, BE, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, HU, IT, LV, NL, NO, PL, SI, UK, EEA, DG ENV and JRC.
|Agenda item||Conclusions and Actions|
|Welcome and approval of the agenda|
|Minutes of the previous meetings|
The minutes of the 51st MIG-T meeting on 2018-08-30 were endorsed without changes.
INSPIRE Conference Feedback
The feedback from the 2018 conference was overall positive (see).
In particular, participants liked
Participants criticised that the workshop sessions were not recorded and suggested that this should be done (again) in the future. One idea for the future could be to combine speed presentations with the poster session (maybe under a different, more attractive name).
It was generally recognised that implementation has progressed across the board (there were more presentations about real implementations and their issues and success stories) and that there was more exchange of experiences between participants / MS. However, the presented applications and use cases were often local, regional or national and not so much cross-border or European (this could be a topic for the 2020 conference). The technical sessions (e.g. on emerging standards or Spatial Data on the Web) were very well attended. While some sessions focused on user uptake and use cases, this is still widely seen as an area that can be improved.
Joeri reported that there were 70 participants from the Commission, and that most colleagues were very impressed by the unique community present at the conference and the good mix of political and technical presentations.
For the next conference in 2020, several participants suggested to focus on the future vision for INSPIRE in 2025-2030 (incl. the creation and use of pan-European data sets and the integration of new data sources, e.g. from citizens) and showcasing the results of streamlining, simplification and the stronger focus on using INSPIRE data, also considering the upcoming review of the INSPIRE Directive in 2021.
There was also strong support for a smaller, more technical, event in Finland in autumn 2019 (possibly focusing on hackathons, challenges or other "hands-on" topics). Jari reported that discussions on the event are on-going, and suggestions are welcome. The following ideas were raised:
It was also suggested to organise a (closed) MIG workshop to discuss on possible future directions of INSPIRE, also in autumn 2019. This workshop should provide the opportunity to brainstorm, discuss in an open atmosphere, which is usually difficult in the formal MIG meetings.
2016.5 Priority data sets and Thematic Viewer
JRC presented the current status of availability of spatial data sets through download and view services in the new geoportal and the future development plans as well as plans for setting up an advisory board. A technical workshop will be organised on 23-24 January 2019 with the administrators of national discovery services.
During the discussion, the following comments were made:
EEA presented the feasibility study on data harvesting using the INSPIRE infrastructure carried out in the context of the preparations for the new Reportnet version 3.0. The governance structure for ReportNet 3.0 consists of a Steering Group including members from the EC (DG ENV), MS and EEA, and a Business Implementation Committee, including members from the EC (DG ENV, JRC), MS and EEA.
INSPIRE data providers should be aware of the requirements catalogue currently being drafted for Reportnet 3.0 that includes also a number of requirements on INSPIRE. Stakeholder feedback is currently being collected through the EIONET National Focal Points, who should consult with their MIG & MIG-T counterparts.
The MIG-T proposes to the MIG and its 2016.5 sub-group to consider developing the feasibility study further into a pilot for INSPIRE-based e-Reporting. Such a pilot could investigate and provide guidance on e.g. the following issues that were already detected in the feasibility study:
SDW1+2: Data-service linking
The discussion was based on the current low level of accessibility of data sets through network services in the new INSPIRE geoportal (below 10%) and a discussion paper proposing to simplify the approach for implementing the link between data and network services. The paper was drafted by a small MIG-T ad-hoc group based on a workshop on 1-2 August 2018 in Ispra, and updated in September based on a first round of comments by the MIG-T.
The meeting resulted in the following conclusions, which will be presented, together with the revised version of the discussion paper, to the MIG meeting in November 2018.
The MIG-T recognises that
 "data-service linking" means that, based on the data set and service metadata available in national discovery services and by following the requirements laid down in the INSPIRE TGs for metadata and network services, a link can be established between a data set and the download and view services that are providing access to it, i.e. that enable the data set to be downloaded and viewed.
Ongoing MIWP actions – Status reports and planning
This agenda point was not discussed, due to lack of time.
SDW-3: WFS 3.0
A short introduction was given on Web Feature Service 3 (WFS3). WFS3 is the new revision of the OGC's Web Feature Service standard for querying geospatial information on the web. It is a complete rewrite of previous versions, focusing on a simple RESTful core specified as reusable OpenAPI components with responses in JSON and HTML. The first release of the standard is available at OGC Web Feature Service 3.0 - Part 1: Core, First Draft Release. The WFS 3.0 specification is currently under active development and review. Comments and change proposals can still be submitted until the end of 2018. A dedicated page in the MIG collaboration space provides more information about WFS3.
It was agreed to nominate Jari Reini as the official MIG-T representative / liaison with the WFS3 drafting team, with the task to provide the consolidated input and feedback of the INSPIRE community.
The discussion paper analysing how the legal requirements for the implementation of INSPIRE download services can be mapped to the WFS3 standard was presented and discussed. Overall, the mapping seems feasible, except for two possible major issues (to be further investigated): the link to metadata of a data set and the supported filtering capabilities.
The following comments and questions should be taken into account for an updated version of the mapping paper:
During the discussion on language parameters, the question was raised whether these are not a more general issue and whether a change to the implementing rules should be considered for these parameters.
The follwing actions were agreed:
SDW-4: Discovery of spatial data through mainstream search engines
The MIG-T agreed that the main use case for this activity is to bring more and other users to portals/catalogues and that the activity should result in the development of a good practice document.
At the same time, the break-out group discussions showed that only few MIG-T members are familiar with the topic of search engine optimisation (SEO) for data sets and the underlying standards or technologies. Therefore, rather than further discussing the topic inside the MIG-T, it might better to organise a workshop with technical SEO/catalogue experts. Such a workshop should
To collect input for the workshop and follow-up discussions, a collaboration space (wiki) should be set up.
SDW-5: Linking spatial data and unique identifiers
Carlo presented an initial collection of existing practices in Member States and projects on linking geospatial data and managing persistent identifiers. It was agreed to document these on the MIG-T wiki, with the ultimate aim to develop a good practices paper on the topic.
|Conclusions and next steps|
The next virtual meeting will take place on Thursday, from 10-11:30 CET.
The next face-to-face meetings will tentatively take place