Harmonised multi resolution grid with a common point of origin and standardised location and size of grid cells
Geographical grids are an agreed defined and harmonised grid net for Pan Europe with standardised location and size of grid cells Examples of cell sizes could be 10x10 m 100x100 m 1x1 km 16x16 km A good candidate for the INSPIRE focused Pan European grid has been proposed as a result of the Workshop on European Reference Grids The grid proposed as Pan European standard is based on the ETRS89 Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area coordinate reference system with the centre of the projection at the point N 52o E 10o The grid is defined as hierarchical one in metric coordinates in power of 10 The detail description of the proposed grid is available at the Proceedings of the Workshop on the European Reference Grids EUR Report 21494 EN 2005 The Proposal for a European Grid System is presented from page 39 to 46 of that document Other grids could be also used however they need a lot of harmonisation work as well as a number of conversion tools Some international organisations like WMO perform their operations using their own and purpose oriented grid construction
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.