[GRASS-dev] Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Improving usability of INSPIRE data in FOSS4G client applications

Luca Delucchi lucadeluge at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 08:24:00 PST 2019

On Sat, 14 Dec 2019 at 13:57, Moritz Lennert
<mlennert at club.worldonline.be> wrote:
> As a heads up:

the code to run the tests is here


it should be improved, but right now I have no time

> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject:        [OSGeo-Discuss] Improving usability of INSPIRE data in FOSS4G
> client applications
> Date:   Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:09:13 +0100
> From:   Marco Minghini <marco.minghini86 at gmail.com>
> To:     discuss at lists.osgeo.org
> CC:     Marco.MINGHINI at ec.europa.eu
> Dear all,
> at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC) we have been
> working with our Contractors (WeTransform and Epsilon Italia) on a set
> of actions aimed at improving the usability of INSPIRE data sets. For
> those who are not familiar with INSPIRE [1], this is the European
> Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) built on top EU Member States
> infrastructures to support European environmental policies.
> The rationale behind these actions is that GML is the default encoding
> for INSPIRE data because INSPIRE xml schemas are generated automatically
> from the conceptual UML models. These schemas are complex and many
> existing (web, desktop and mobile) client applications are not able to
> fully consume or make use of data shared according to these schemas.
> Two actions have been completed over the last year in order to:
> 1) improve client support for INSPIRE data
> 2) develop an alternative encoding for INSPIRE data (GeoJSON)
> Within the first Action [2], we compiled a "can I use" matrix [3]
> describing which functionality associated with the consumption of
> INSPIRE data (both in GML and GeoJSON) is supported by which client. The
> clients tested are QGIS, GRASS GIS, hale studio, OpenLayers and
> LeafletJS as well as some proprietary solutions.
> This e-mail is first of all to inform you about this Action and to show
> that, as you can notice in [3], open source solutions are currently the
> most successful ones, but some improvement is still possible. In this
> regard, we have established communication with the software PSC and/or
> communities and discussed the prioritisation of functionalities that
> should be improved or developed for each software to best satisfy user
> needs.
> Whenever other encodings (e.g. GeoPackage) for INSPIRE data will become
> available, the same approach should be followed.
> In addition, since the Action is formally completed but the outcomes
> will still be very important for the INSPIRE community in the future, we
> are currently exploring how to ensure the sustainability of the tool. In
> particular, we would open an invitation to anyone (project developers,
> users or communities, or simply interested people) to contribute to keep
> the matrix up-to-date by testing new/future versions of specific OSGeo
> tools (in particular those mentioned above - QGIS, GRASS GIS, OpenLayers
> and LeafletJS - but also other tools). The tests, described at [4],
> consist of general GIS tasks and do not require INSPIRE-specific
> knowledge. Interested people can also submit content through issues or
> pull requests in the GitHub repository [5] or contact us.
> Thank you all for your attention.
> Best regards,
> Alex and Marco
> [1] https://inspire.ec.europa.eu
> [2]
> https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/wikis/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=418580131
> [3] https://inspire-mif.github.io/caniuse/generator/out.html
> [4] https://github.com/INSPIRE-MIF/caniuse/tree/master/docs
> [5] https://github.com/INSPIRE-MIF/caniuse
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