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Questions on INSPIRE Themes

To what depth are geographical names subject to the INSPIRE theme Geographical Designations (e.g. named places, street names, designated building blocks names, names of landscape elements etc.)?

You will find a contribution to the discussion of this subject in the INSPIRE-FORUM

There are no profiles referring to some subtopics of the theme Tansport Networks - will these still be supplied?

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Regarding the profile on the theme Protected Areas, geological protection areas are - in contrast to the draft regulation – not mentioned in the tabular representation. Hence, is geology not concerned by the theme Protected Areas?

You will find a contribution to the discussion of this subject in the INSPIRE-FORUM

Are address data only subject to the theme Addresses if they have been georeferenced by means of a coordinate pair?

Yes. According to Article 3 No. 2 of the INSPIRE directive are meant by geodata all data with direct or indirect reference to a particular location or geographical area.
If there exists a geodata set with addresses within the member state without direct spatial reference, the latter should be integrated with another geodata set of this member state, which possesses the geometric information.
Connections with other datasets (e.g. administrative units or Geographical Designations) are only required if there exists an association function between the feature types of these themes (e.g. between addresses and parcels).
The address data kept in, e.g. pure population registers, which means normally without direct georeferencing do not come under INSPIRE, given that these data do not constitute geodata in the sense of the INSPIRE directive..

Does the theme Addresses also concern data holders of thematical addresses (slaughterhouses, agricultural businesses etc.)?

INSPIRE pursues the approach to separating the address specification from the concrete technical objects. Address specifications as well as geographical names are in the first place a “means to an end“, in order to be able to georeference indirectly or to search spatially for technical objects. Therefore, the data theme is dealt with in an interdisciplinary/subject area-neutral manner, so that in the INSPIRE data model referring to the addresses, in the case of a concrete address specification, the thematic technical significance is not proven at all. Theme-specific address specifications (addresses ON slaughterhouses, ON hospitals) possess for INSPIRE no added value, given that the respective user cannot recognize the thematic reference at all.

Are also the “finest“ supply networks, e.g. those within residential buildings, also concerned by INSPIRE?

INSPIRE macht keine Einschränkung bezüglich der „Dimension“. Einschränkend wirkt ggf. Art. 4 Abs. 6, nach dem die Sammlung oder Verbreitung der Daten auf lokaler Ebene rechtlich vorgeschrieben sein muss. Wenn z.B. Informationen zu Stromleitungen gesetzlich notwendig sind, um eine Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung durchzuführen, dann würden diese Stromleitungen unter INSPIRE fallen.

Do heritage-protected buildings come under the theme Protected Areas?

Yes, Heritage-protected buildings as well as other protected sites and objects (e.g. archaeological and natural monuments) are covered by the theme protected areas (cf. profile “protected areas”).

Are the public utility companies obliged, on the basis of the INSPIRE directive, to provide geodata sets on the theme “Public Utility Industry and Government Services“?

Basically, two cases must be distinguished:

  1. Geodata of the public utility industry held by the public utility companies themselves. These data are subject to the INSPIRE-D, provided that the respective company is an "Authority" in the sense of the broader definition of authority according to Art. 3 No. 9 of the INSPIRE-D (e.g. municipal utilities).
  2. Geodata of the public utility industry held (also) by public authorities, for example within the context of environmental impact assessments, or because operating sites of the company are recorded within the scope of the PRTR-RL. These data must be made available by the responsible authorities in an INSPIRE conformal manner. There are no rights against the company itself (and its reference data) to claim access to or use of the data.

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