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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B23/S11.071

ENSURING INTEROPERABILITY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND INSPIRE

H. Muller, F. Wurriehausen
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-12-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 2, Vol. 3, 559-566 pp

ABSTRACT
The paper presents a case study which highlights interoperable aspects of geographic information in a local government within the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE). Special emphasis of data and language heterogeneity specifically is given to the integration of community data within the higher infrastructure levels. The existing 34 data themes needed for environmental applications are referenced in Annexes I, II and III of the INSPIRE directive. The framework for the implementation is given by key components specified through technical implementing rules. The rules enable sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organizations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across the European Union. For selected municipal data themes, the relation with the implementing rules will be investigated. The considerations are guided by the objectives of searchability, usability, reusability, composability and interoperability of digital data. Based on the current situation in the context of geographic information, data transformation and the usage of standards of the semantic web and ontologies to solve heterogeneity problems in data management are discussed. Cases of interoperability at the semantic, syntactic, and organisational level as well as results of data transformation and cartographic enhancement of local government data within the European spatial data infrastructure will be illustrated in the paper. In that way, we demonstrate how extensive knowledge which is already available for local government data can be used at the European level.

Keywords: Local Government, SDI, Interoperability, Cartographic enhancement, INSPIRE

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