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Thursday, 31st of January, 2019, 10:00-11:30 CET

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TimeAgenda itemDocument(s)
10:00-10:05Welcome and approval of the agenda
10:05-10:10Minutes of the previous meetings (for discussion and agreement)53rd MIG-T meeting 2018-11-29

MIWP actions status reports

  • 2016.4 Theme-specific issues / Thematic Clusters
  • 2016.5 Priority data sets / Thematic Viewer
  • 2017.1 Master Guidance
  • 2017.2 Alternative Encodings
  • 2017.3 Better client support for INSPIRE data
  • 2017.4 Validation & conformity testing
  • 2018.1 Monitoring & reporting 2019
  • 2019.2 Improving availability of INSPIRE data
  • Registry and register federation
  • Geoportal


Update on SDW activities

  • Actions 1+2 (data-service linkage)
  • Action 3 (WFS 3.0)
  • Action 4 (making spatial data discoverable through mainstream search engines)
  • Action 5 (linking spatial data and persistent ids)

News from standardisation bodies


AOB / Information points

  • MIG-T face-to-face meetings in 2019

Draft Minutes

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 DE, BG, MT, DK, CZ, BE, HR, PL, EL, RS, AT, UK, FI, EE, SE, NO, FR, HU, IE, IS, CH, PT, NL, EEA, DG ENV and JRC.

Agenda itemNotes / Actions
Welcome and approval of the agenda & previous meeting minutes

The agenda was approved without changes.

Minutes of the previous meetingsThe minutes of the previous meeting were approved without changes. Open actions were reviewed and some of them closed.

2016.4 Theme-specific issues / Thematic Clusters

  • The launch of the new platform has been postponed, since there has been some administrative delay with the contracts of the facilitators. In two weeks these should be solved and the platform launched.
  • There will be new cross-cutting Clusters focused on tools and technologies, aimed to address any specific questions about software, and on issues related to environmental policies and MIWP actions.
2016.5 Priority data sets / Thematic Viewer
  • The action will have a web conference in February, to discuss how to setup a common procedure to track the progress on the publication of priority data sets, based on different reporting obligations.
  • During the Geoportal workshop last week there were relevant discussions on:
    • the need for translation of the priority data set code lists, which is supported by the Commission. The subgroup will discuss how to proceed;
    • the need to develop common guidelines for the provision of priority data sets in the Geoportal, since many data sets are available but they are secured through an authentication.
2017.1 Master Guidance
  • The work will continue during the summer in order to have the first document ready for October.
2017.2 Alternative Encodings
  • After the face-to-face meeting held in December, a new draft of the document was prepared, which looks at some specific examples (for AD, O&M, EF) and provides a GeoJSON encoding with a number of simplification rules.
  • Next subgroup meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (February 1).
2017.3 Better client support for INSPIRE data
  • The contractors' work is progressing. A short presentation of the partial results will be given by JRC in the next meeting.
2017.4 Validation & conformity testing
  • The contractors' work is progressing with the development of the new ATS/ETS for View Services (WMS/WMTS), SOS, MD TG 2.0, currently under testing from JRC staff. Testing is expected to be completed over the next weeks.
  • Version 2.0 of the ETF Validator was released (see here); JRC will update the Reference Validator with this new version.
  • A number of improvement proposals for the Reference Validator were discussed; some of them (mainly related to the UI) were considered of higher priority and will be moved forward by the JRC in the software development roadmap.
  • The subgroup has recently become less active; JRC expects to have more activity once the new ETS will be available for testing.
  • JRC discussed the idea to hold a workshop with the users of the Validator, but since only little feedback was received, the idea has changed into the preparation of a survey to appear online when users access the Validator.
2018.1 Monitoring & reporting 2019
  • Last week there was a meeting between JRC, DG ENV and EEA to define the methodology for the calculation of the indicators for the new Reporting Decision, which also includes indicators computed from the metadata and data sets available in the Geoportal.
  • It will be shared next week with the subgroup, and then included in a more comprehensive message to the Member States on the practicalities of the 2019 reporting process and the transition to the new reporting process mid-February.
2019.2 Improving availability of INSPIRE data
  • last week JRC hosted a two-days workshop with MS representatives (45 experts from 28 countries) with the main goal of improving the accessibility and usability of data sets in the INSPIRE Geoportal:
    • the Geoportal backend (and data/service linking simplification) was presented, and the development of a tool for testing the linking was proposed together with a new tool to check the linkages; once available, testing will be performed with MS.
    • a new harvesting method will be launched soon, which switches from the current pull approach (JRC performing harvesting of MS catalogues) to a push approach (MS to schedule/perform harvesting and check the results on a geoportal sandbox, before the data is published on the Geoportal);
    • future development of the INSPIRE Analytics platform, which will add new functionality (including text and geographic search and export functions);
    • re-organization of the Geoportal helpdesk through the help of MS, each reporting on their past experience (according to a predefined list of categories provided by JRC) in order to create a comprehensive list of FAQs;
    • all the workshop materials to be provided by this week on the MIG collaboration platform (under action 2019.2); a detailed report will be provided by the end of February;
    • overall, the workshop was successful and the feedback collected from MS was very positive.
Register and registries
  • The work of submitting organizations is progressing well.
  • A collaboration has started between JRC and the National Land Survey of Finland to jointly develop the next version of the Registry software.
GeoportalThe Geoportal had to be taken offline due to an issue on the server. It is now back up and running again.
SDW Actions 1+2 (data-service linkage)See action 2019.2.
SDW Action 3 (WFS 3.0)
  • The discussion paper was updated:
    • it is structured into 3 columns: 1) requirements from INSPIRE IRs for Network Services, 2) possible implementations using WFS 3.0, 3) examples;
    • both JSON and HTML implementations are available;
    • All to provide feedback on the WFS 3.0 mapping document (and example implementation) by  
    • JRC and Jari to decide on the best tool to use to collect feedback
SDW Action 4 (making spatial data discoverable through mainstream search engines)
  • A workshop is being planned in April for technical people working on publication of spatial data on the web:
    • aim: gather experiences from different countries in making spatial data sets discoverable through mainstream search engines;
    • output: a best practice document to help MS to extend their SDIs regarding this aspect.
    • Michael and Marcin to draft a call for proposals for presentations for the workshop and fix a date & location
SDW Action 5 (linking spatial data and persistent ids)Status to be presented in the next meeting.
News from standardisation bodies
  • Jari to present the draft standard on OGC Web Services Security in the next meeting. Other volunteers are welcome (please contact Jari).
AOB / Information points
  • The MIG-T face-to-face meetings in 2019 will take place on:
    • 3-4 April 2019 in Ispra
    • 15-16 October 2019 in Prague
  • The next MIG-T meeting will take place on February 28.
  • No meetings are currently planned for July/August, but this can be changed in case of need.

Open Actions

DescriptionDue dateAssigneeTask appears on
  • DK, FI and JRC to draft an action fiche for submission to the MIG  
15 Jan 2020 60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • DK, FI and JRC to create an initial draft of the Good Practice document for INSPIRE download services based on OGC API - Features.  
    • The GP document should focus on step-by-step instructions (without requiring INSPIRE-specific extensions to the adopted standard) needed to meet the INSPIRE requirements. The mapping to the NS IR should be put in an annex.
29 Nov 2019 60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • TASK to all: communicate to national INSPIRE stakeholders this important aspect that currently limits the Forum activity.
61st MIG-T meeting 2020-03-05
  • MIG-T members are strongly encouraged to test the proposed approach and share this work with stakeholders on the national level.
61st MIG-T meeting 2020-03-05
  • Everyone to provide feedback about their experience with FAIR and INSPIRE.
61st MIG-T meeting 2020-03-05
  • MS are encouraged to share their approaches, scripts and tools in the new "software and tools" section of the Community Forum.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • All MS are encouraged to contact their counterparts in the PSI group and the Open Data Committee, to coordinate about discussions on the High Value Data Sets.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • LU to share the implementation experience in the new Tools and Software group on the INSPIRE Community Forum.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • JRC and PL to summarise the main findings from the workshop in a short report. The example for PID management presented by DE should be included as an example.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • IT and other contributors to summarise the main findings from the ad-hoc action in a short report.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • ES and AT are encouraged to continue their work on encoding rules for Geopackage and present a formal encoding rule for discussion in one of the next MIG-T meetings or a dedicated webinar.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • All countries with large numbers of data sets to reflect on this possibility and provide feedback to JRC.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • EC and EEA to discuss whether a copy could also be stored in Reportnet for archiving purposes.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • EC to inform the MIG on the MIG-T discussion, and confirm the EC's view on the the ambitions of the INSPIRE infrastructure (in particular, with respect to data interoperability and in light of the INSPIRE evaluation in 2021/22).
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • MIG to discuss the relationship between INSPIRE services and data representations and the national infrastructures.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • JRC to assess the number of network services with authentication by MS
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • MS to propose solutions (e.g. specific credentials) for allowing the geoportal to access protected services to assess downloadability/viewability
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16
  • JRC to investigate possible filters to be added in the geoportal to identify open, protected & checked and protected & not checked services.
60th MIG-T meeting Prague 2019-10-15+16