Geographical areas characterised by specific ecological conditions processes structure and life support functions that physically support the organisms that live there Includes terrestrial and aquatic areas distinguished by geographical abiotic and biotic features whether entirely natural or semi natural
Habitats and Biotopes is a biodiversity theme that deals with habitats and biotopes as areas and their distinct boundaries Spatial data model provides characterisation of geographical areas being functional for living organisms biotopes being the spatial environment of a biotic community habitats being the spatial environment of specific species To achieve harmonization on local national and international level habitat types should refer to the the European Nature Information System habitat classification in the first place but could also use Habitats Directive 92 43 EEC and Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008 56 EC as a reference
The INSPIRE Interactive Data specification platform offers MS data providers two new applications to support in general their initial data scope “identification” task whether their dataset(s) fall under the data scope of INSPIRE or not.
The first application “Interactive Data Specifications” facilitates the use of the INSPIRE Data Specification – Technical Guidelines documents by providing means to study as well as compare selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation (from up to 3 data themes).
The second application “Find your scope” has been developed to support MS data providers with identification of the INSPIRE data scope that is relevant to their dataset(s) that they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations where data provider’s datasets do not follow exactly the INSPIRE data themes /application schemas content.
The platform also provides links to useful additional resources of information (e.g. INSPIRE Registry, website etc.).
The development of the Toolkit has been supported by ARE3NA, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme.