Title: INSPIRE Home Page - Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community 
Resource Type: web links 
Producers or distributor European Commission 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Web link for product information: http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->maps
Contaminated land-->stats, registers, inventories etc
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Diffuse pollution-->Processes
Diffuse pollution-->Regulation
Diffuse pollution-->Scales
Diffuse pollution-->Sources
Short description: Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) was published in the official Journal on the 25th April 2007. The INSPIRE Directive entered into force on the 15th May 2007 INSPIRE is ambitious. The initiative intends to trigger the creation of a European spatial information infrastructure that delivers to the users integrated spatial information services. These services should allow the users to identify and access spatial or geographical information from a wide range of sources, from the local level to the global level, in an inter-operable way for a variety of uses. The target users of INSPIRE include policy-makers, planners and managers at European, national and local level and the citizens and their organisations. Possible services are the visualisation of information layers, overlay of information from different sources, spatial and temporal analysis, etc. 
Long description: The need for the INSPIRE initiative: The general situation on spatial information in Europe is one of fragmentation of datasets and sources, gaps in availability, lack of harmonisation between datasets at different geographical scales and duplication of information collection. These problems make it difficult to identify, access and use data that is available. Fortunately, awareness is growing at national and at EU level about the need for quality geo-referenced information to support understanding of the complexity and interactions between human activities and environmental pressures and impacts The INSPIRE initiative is therefore timely and relevant but also a major challenge given the general situation outlined above and the many stakeholder interests to be addressed. INSPIRE is complementary to related policy initiatives, such as the Commission proposal for a Directive on the re-use and commercial exploitation of Public Sector Information. Note old home page address: http://www.ec-gis.org/inspire/ 
Link to Project(s): INSPIRE Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community
Link to Organisation(s): JRC Joint Research Centre ISPRA
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 28/07/2009

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