OSGeo on the INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2021 – Review

At the end of October 2021 the annual INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2021 took place as an online event (25.-29.11.2021).


The INSPIRE Directive aims to create a European Union spatial data infrastructure for the purposes of EU environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. For more information see https://inspire.ec.europa.eu/about-inspire/563

The slogan of the events was “Towards a Common European Green Deal data space for environment and sustainability”

OSGeo was invited to join the conference.

Codrina Ilie contributed to the panel regarding the modernising INSPIRE within the European Green Deal data space, from a technological and organisational perspective. After a brief introduction to OSGeo, she emphasized on the long-standing collaborations over the years between the INSPIRE and the OSGeo communities. A close look at the solutions available for INSPIRE implementations from the very beginning – be it discovery, download or viewing services, metadata etc. – one easily identifies OSGeo projects. Following in a natural way, OSGeo contributions were constantly made to INSPIRE events, as well as INSPIRE -related topics turned into full day tracks in regional, as well as global FOSS4Gs. Starting with FOSS4G 2019, the European Commission, through the INSPIRE community, has become a partner of the global OSGeo conference (Slides The role of geospatial developer communities in the data sharing ecosystem Codrina Ilie https://inspire.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/03_codrinailie_osgeo_inspire2021.pdf)

Angelos Tzotsos introduced OSGeo and presented an overview of the new OGC API Records standard as a member of the OGC Standard Working Group (SWG). Then, an overview of OSGeo projects and specifically OSGeo catalogue implementations were presented. Slides available: (Slides Angelos Tzotsos OGC API Records: Overview and early implementations https://inspire.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/05_angelostzotsos_ogc_api_-_records_-_inspire_2021.pdf)

You find the program of INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2021 at:


Recordings of the conference are available at menu item “Recordings”:



Get the JRC Science for Policy Report

The JRC Science for Policy Report was published – “INSPIRE – A Public Sector Contribution to the European Green Deal Data Space”

“State of play, lessons learned and a vision for the future of INSPIRE: the Public Sector contribution to European Data Spaces and the #GreenDeal data spaceAsien-Australien auf dem Globus” (https://twitter.com/INSPIRE_EU/status/1451459058175782916)

You can download the PDF https://europa.eu/!8qH67V

In the report our board members (Angelos Tzotsos, Codrina Maria Ilie, Astrid Emde & Tom Kralidis) are acknowledged to have provided contributions on the role and impact of INSPIRE on OSGeo.

“[…] The Open Source Geospatial community is actively participating in the development of Open Standards through partnerships with OGC and ISO/TC 211. Specifically in Europe, the INSPIRE Directive has been widely supported and implemented using Open Source Software for over a decade. INSPIRE has provided OSGeo the opportunity to showcase the maturity and effectiveness of implementing open source solutions across the EU.[…]“ (see full text on page 37 in the report).

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