The INSPIRE Directive requires the Commission to establish a community geoportal as an access point to the Member States infrastructures through network services. The Member States may also provide access to those services through their own access points.
The new INSPIRE Geoportal builds on the experience of running the INSPIRE Geoportal Pilot and supports several actions of the INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Work Programme (MIWP) 2016-2020, especially regarding the simplification of use and availability of priority data sets for environmental reporting.
The Geoportal provides the means to:
The Geoportal now focuses on displaying metadata about data sets and on directly downloading and/or viewing them through network services. Therefore, it will display service metadata only in the context of the data sets to which they provide access (and no longer as stand-alone resources).
The metadata used in the Geoportal is regularly harvested from currently 36 discovery services of EU Member States and EFTA countries. The status of harvesting is available here.
The INSPIRE Geoportal currently supports two main applications:
In both application, data discovery, view and download have been simplified for the users by applying the following pre-defined thematic and spatial filters:
We are constantly working to improve the Geoportal and will be adding further "Views" based on emerging user demand. We are also encouraging users to provide any feedback related to functionality as well as data availability. Please, provide your feedback here.