The application Find your scope supports data providers with identification of the INSPIRE spatial data themes and spatial object types that are relevant to the dataset(s) they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations when datasets fall under two or more INSPIRE data themes / application schemas content. The application also serves as a catalogue of all objects defined by INSPIRE.

There are tree possible ways for "finding your scope" or INSPIRE objects:

The main result

The main outcome of this application is the list of the INSPIRE objects, including their properties – attributes, code lists values etc. which are relevant to one’s dataset(s). The final list also includes all associated objects and their properties.

Additional results

Apart from the main list of relevant INSPIRE objects a data provider after completing the whole interactive workflow will be also able to:

  1. Find a spatial object type and its property defined by INSPIRE.
  2. Identify data properties needed to be transformed according to INSPIRE definitions.
  3. Identify missing information in his/her dataset that is required by INSPIRE object definitions. (Gap Analysis)
  4. Identify a potential INSPIRE data theme extension, to cover his/her full dataset scope.


The INSPIRE theme register contains all spatial data themes, as defined in the Annexes of the INSPIRE Directive ( Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE)). The descriptions of the themes are based on version 3.0 of the "Definition of Annex Themes and Scope (D 2.3)" by the data specifications drafting team and subsequent updates by the INSPIRE Thematic Working Groups (TWGs). See more...

Application schemas

An application schema is a conceptual data model that is developed for a specific application (in data production), or for setting the interoperability target for a data theme in SDIs. It contains the spatial object types, their relationships and attributes, as well as eventual constraints applicable to the elements of the model. In SDIs each data theme contains at least one application schema. Any spatial object, regardless of the application schema or theme in which it is created, can be referenced from other application schemas (in other themes). See more...

Code lists

Code lists for spatial data already exist and should be reused in INSPIRE (wherever possible). See more...

They are extensible where:

- No agreed code lists or classifications exist in the domain

- Code lists or classifications in a specific domain are subject to frequent changes (e.g. addition of values)

- Code lists in a specific domain are hierarchical


The application schemas included in this section are specified in UML, version 2.1. The use of a common conceptual schema language for formal documentation of the data models allows automated processing of application schemas. The spatial object types, their properties and associated types are shown in UML class diagrams.

Feature Catalogue

A feature catalogue is an equivalent representation of the information in the application schema. They support the conversion of the application schema information into text that is readable by humans and facilitate searches and access to individual elements in the application schema. See more...


The INSPIRE Glossary contains general terms and definitions that specify the common terminology used in the INSPIRE Directive and in the INSPIRE Implementing Rules documents. The glossary supports the use of a consistent language in different documents when referring to the terms. See more...

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