For people interested in INSPIRE and metadata issues, especially in the field of biodiversity, a visit to the social platform of the HABITATS project could be of interest! http://inspiredhabitats.ning.com
This platform provides a basis for a social validation process of the INSPIRE directive concerned with Annex III data themes 16-19 (Sea regions, Bio-geographical regions, Habitats & biotopes, Species distribution).
A number of pilot areas from different parts of Europe provide locals use cases for the discussion of different application areas.
According to the HABITATS user-driven approach to standardisation, the full impact of results will be sparked off by the pilot service scenarios and their ability to attract new participants to the communities of adoption. Each pilot is therefore built on a) existing concrete services currently carried out by project partners, b) potentials of data access through network services and c) enhancement through usage scenarios developed by user communities, in order to meet the three criteria criteria of relevance, openness and responsiveness.
The pilots fall into the three forward-looking categories described above as follows:
* Management of natural resources
o Wild Salmon Monitoring (IE)
o La Palma Protected Marine Area (ES)
o Hiking Trip Planner (IT)
o Soria Natural Reserve (ES)
* Economic activities
o Sheep and Goat Herd Management (IT)
o Economical activity at marine coastal benthic habitats (LV)
* National policy
o Czech National Forest Programme (CZ)
Each of these validation pilots relies on trans-regional and trans-European data sharing between pilot settings, within INSPIRE networks present in the project and with collaborating members of the HABITATS User Communities.
International contributions and open discussion are welcome on this platform and support the local validation process. So take a look and perhaps you find interesting input to join the discussions! http://inspiredhabitats.ning.com