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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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