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Tests for Assuring INSPIRE Compliance
Anders Östman

##manager.scheduler.building##: Milenij Grand Hotel 4 opatijska cvijeta Congress Centre Tamaris, Opatija Mimoza I Hall, 2nd floor
Date: 2010-11-26 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Last modified: 2010-11-14


Several organization across Europe are currently preparing for or in the process of implementing the INSPIRE directive. Datasets are harmonized, metadata are created and transformed, web services are established and geoportals are designed and made operational. One problem many organizations face is to what degree their data, metadata and web services are INSPIRE compliant and to what degree their geoportals are useable.

The main INSPIRE related components considered in this paper are datasets, metadata, network services and geoportals. The datasets and metadata shall for instance conform to the schemas that have been or will be specified. In addition to this, the datasets shall also conform to other requirements such as specific spatial reference systems, topological requirements and encoding for delivery. The network services shall conform to specified performance requirements such as response time, uptime and number of concurrent users. There are no direct corresponding binding requirements for the national geoportal, but it is implicitly assumed that the geoportal is usable to some extent.

NatureSDIplus is an EU-funded project aiming to develop and test data specifications for biogeographical regions, habitat and biotopes and species distribution. The project is closely connected to the corresponding development within INSPIRE, where these themes are listed in Annex III. In total, data from 18 countries will be provided through the project geoportal. Testing for compliance with existing standards and INSPIRE implementing rules are here necessary.

GeoTest is a Swedish regional initiative, aiming to develop test procedures related to the INSPIRE directive. The initiative is based on the Triple Helix model for regional development and innovation. This requires a close cooperation among the academic, private and political sectors. As a consequence, the innovations developed within the GeoTest initiative are also based on commercial considerations.

The testing procedures being developed within the GeoTest initiative aims to test various aspects of INSPIRE compliance. Procedures for testing schema compliance, relevance tests of spatial reference systems and encoding standard are developed. Since no INSPIRE network service is available in Sweden today, these tests are instead carried out on the NatureSDIplus datasets. There are however a number of WMS-based non-INSPIRE compliant network services which have been tested with respect to performance. In addition, the usability of geoportals has also been tested, where measures for effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction are measured.

This paper describes some results of tests for INSPIRE compliance that has been carried out. Experiences of data harmonization procedures for some Annex III data themes are also described. The conclusions drawn are that most geoportals have some weaknesses in their usability. In addition, very few WMS services lives up to the performance specifications of INSPIRE.

Keywords: INSPIRE, geoportals, testing, innovation systems

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