Title: Data Quality in INSPIRE: Balancing Legal Obligation with Technical Aspects
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC83209
ISBN: 978-92-79-32533-5 (print)
978-92-79-32532-8 (online)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 26097
OPOCE LB-NA-26097-EN-C (print), LB-NA-26097-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC83209
DOI: 10.2788/96527
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Nowadays the wide spread of electronic spatial data, the internet, and computer literacy allow to easily share and combine data from diverse sources. However, various communities approach Data Quality (DQ) very differently. Some of them apply standardised methodology for data production and publishing metadata (MD) about quality and usability, while others do not share any information in this field. This report integrates the results of the work of the INSPIRE Data Specification Drafting Team, the JRC Data Specification Support Team, the Thematic Working Groups and the Data Quality Expert Group. This latter was composed of specialists nominated by the Member States as contact points for DQ. They were in charge to organise the discussion at national level with involvement of competent national authorities and bringing the results for the INSPIRE. The consolidated results (disseminated as recommendations) were considered in the technical guidelines of the data themes. In order to avoid the difficulties in understanding stemming from the multidisciplinary environment of the stakeholders, this report also explains the similarities and differences between the notions of DQ in classical data production and in Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). In addition, because of the specific setup of INSPIRE, where Member States of the EU are obliged to fulfill requirements presented in legal and technical terms, it was necessary to explain what conformity means. In conclusion, the report summarises the aspects of the balance between legal requirements, stakeholders’ expectations, and preparedness of data providers to share good quality data in interoperable way. It also underlines the advantages of quality conscious SDIs and gives insight in potential further work.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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