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					                    INSPIRE Coordination in Germany
             - Benefits of an integrative monitoring approach -
                          D. Hogrebe, A. von Dömming
 Coordination Office SDI Germany at Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy,
                          Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Abstract. The German National Spatial Data Infrastructure (GDI-DE) is a common
initiative of all administrative levels in Germany. This includes the federal level, 16
federal states and about 14000 municipalities on the local level.

The national SDI is coordinated by the GDI-DE Steering Committee that comprises
representatives of all administrative levels. This Committee is supported by a
Coordination Office to carry out the decisions. Equivalent organisational structures exist
on the federal level (Inter-ministerial Committee for Geo-information, IMAGI) and the
state level (Federal States Coordination Offices). While only the GDI-DE Steering
Committee is national point of contact for INSPIRE, there are responsibilities on all
administrative levels to coordinate and implement INSPIRE.

This paper describes the INSPIRE coordination in Germany from an overall
coordination viewpoint with focus on the benefits of an integrative monitoring approach
and will be completed by two more contributions covering the viewpoints of the federal,
the federal state and local level.

The system architecture for GDI-DE is based on the OGC Reference Model and the
relevant INSPIRE Technical Guidance Documents to fulfil the INSPIRE Regulations
and includes three central service components for an operating infrastructure:
 a central discovery service for all national spatial data sets and services
  (“Geodatenkatalog-DE”),
 a registry for the management of SDI supporting information (“Registry GDI-DE”),
 a testsuite to increase the level of interoperability by providing conformance tests for
  spatial data sets, services and metadata (“GDI-DE Testsuite”).

The implementation of the INSPIRE directive has to be monitored by each Member
State on base of Commission Decision regarding INSPIRE monitoring and reporting
(2009/442/EC). They shall make the results of the monitoring available to the European
Commission and to the public on a permanent basis.

In a wider context the INSPIRE monitoring process is not only seen as a delivery that
has to be made for the European Community, but will be applied and extended as an
instrument for quality assurance within the national SDI.

In Germany the INSPIRE monitoring is coordinated by the Coordination Office GDI-
DE. The reporting process of the first INSPIRE monitoring 2009 was started in
February 2010. To collect the relevant information the Coordination Office provided an
Excel-template (different to the Excel-template of the EC) and distributed it over the
coordination bodies at federal and state level to the data providing bodies who are
responsible for identifying and reporting the INSPIRE relevant data sets and services.
To support the data providing bodies in identifying the INSPIRE relevant data sets and
services newly established working groups provided short summaries of the data
specifications of the Annex I themes (http://www.gdi-de.org/inspire/specs). Furthermore
the first monitoring was restricted to Annex I themes. The monitoring results of the
federal and state level (including local level) were merged and imported in the Registry-
DE by the Coordination Office GDI-DE. The main benefit of managing the monitoring
results XML-based in the Registry GDI-DE is the possibility to transform them quickly
in the given format for submitting the results to the EC, publish them in different ways,
e.g. as HTML at http://productive.gdi-de.org/monitoring/ or use them for other
evaluations.

In Germany the monitoring is understood as a continuous and iterative process while the
yearly reporting date is a snapshot of this ongoing process. In addition the whole
process is related to high coordination demands due to a large number of stakeholders
with different understanding of whether data sets (especially from the local level) are
covered by the Directive or not. Against this background the Coordination Office
conducted a quality assurance step in preparation of the monitoring 2010 reporting date.
That means that the reported data sets of the first monitoring have been analysed on
plausibility (non INSPIRE relevant reported data sets?), coverage (not yet reported data
sets?) and redundancy (multiple reported data sets?). In case of analysing the
plausibility of the reported data sets the central GDI-DE networking platform
(https://network.gdi-de.org/) is used to enable a bride and transparent discussion
between the different stakeholders. These activities regarding quality assurance go
beyond the requirements of the INSPIRE monitoring but uses it as a vehicle to support
the development of the national SDI overall.

Based on the results of the analysis the reporting process of the INSPIRE monitoring
2010 was started in February 2011. The process is equivalent to the described process of
the monitoring 2009, however, the Excel-template has been improved and the
identification of INSPIRE relevant data sets and services has been extended to the
themes of Annex II and III. The results of the monitoring 2010 will be presented at the
INSPIRE conference 2011.

To further improve the monitoring process, especially the derivation of the indicator
values, an automated process shall be realized within the next few years. Therefore it is
important to use a methodology that is comprehensible and derives comparable
indicator values and update the monitoring indicators continuously.

The central SDI service components will be used within the monitoring process to
automate the process as far as possible:
 the “Registry GDI-DE” collects the monitoring information and calculates the
  monitoring indicator values,
 the “GDI-DE Testsuite” derives whether a service, spatial data set or metadata record
  is in conformance with INSPIRE and
 the central discovery service “Geodatenkatalog-DE” provides all necessary metadata
  and enables thereby locating the corresponding services.

				
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