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INSPIRE to focus on engaging user communities

Denmark: Another successful INSPIRE conference took place last week in Aalborg, Denmark, co-organised by Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and Aalborg University. In the course of five days, participants were provided with the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest development of INSPIRE Directive through a series of workshops, plenary and parallel sessions.

Speaking at the plenary, Secretary Henrik Studsgaard, Danish Ministry of the Environment mentioned that listening to consumers and understanding of user requirements is the key for success of INSPIRE in Denmark. This is echoed by other plenary speakers specifying qualitative, cohesive and harmonised data is vital for INSPIRE to be successful in meeting user requirements.

Other key topics addressed include open data, accessibility, licensing, coordination and communication issues, users’ needs and resources. These issues will feed into the middle term evaluation of INSPIRE which will show the way forward and action plan in addressing highlighted challenges.

It was also announced during the event that INSPIRE 2015 will be jointly organised with Geospatial World Forum on 24-29 May 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Source: Our correspondent