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Background and scope


This activity, also known as API4INSPIRE aims to investigate new developments in geospatial standards and technologies, foremost the new OGC API – Features and OGC SensorThings API, together with the outcomes INSPIRE MIG Action 2017.2 on alternative encodings for INSPIRE data.

An evaluation strategy is being developed to determine how these new standards can best be utilised to leverage existing investments by the EU Member States in INSPIRE implementation and support new developments in e-Government and the Digital Single Market.

The evaluation has a strong focus on various facets of usability, ranging from the configuration and deployment aspects of services to the ease of uptake of the API. A wide range of stakeholders is involved in the evaluation process.

This activity has a strong "hands-on" component. Standard-based APIs are deployed and analysed in partnership with volunteer European data providers.

The activity lead contractor is Fraunhofer IOSB (supported by GeoSolutions and with the participation of six data providers from Germany, France and Austria.

Outputs of the activity

During the project several use-cases have been investigated, including:

Airy Austria Air quality and meteorological data, together with data on the air transport network.
Urban Data Platform Hamburg Huge volume of sensor and geo data , smart city applications and standard-based APIs in between.
Franco-Germanic Flows Cross-border Water data providing alternative perspectives on the Rhine.
COVID-19 ad-hoc Based on current events, an interesting collection of air quality, COVID-19 cases and a background layer of demographic data is made available through standards-based APIs.

Different standard implementations are used in the project, most importantly the open-source ‘GeoServer’ and the Fraunhofer Open Source SensorThings Server (FROST). In addition, a specific implementation of the OGC API – Features has been developed under the API4INSPIRE project.

Additional Information

The topic was presented at ELISE at INSPIRE 2020 online conference, in the webinar ‘INSPIRE/API’

Check out the API4INSPIRE GitHub page for additional information:

Virtual event

ELISE Online Workshop: INSPIRE/API

Energy and environmentGeospatialStandardisation
Virtual event

ELISE's API4INSPIRE at the GO-PEG Workshop “a step towards High Value Datasets”

Virtual event

ELISE Workshop: Smart Data Loader and Templating for GeoServer

Energy and environmentGeospatial+2 topics
Last update: 12/05/2021

Presentation: Smart Data Loader and Templating for GeoServer

Energy and environmentGeospatial+6 topics
Virtual event

ELISE Workshop: SensorThings API brings Dynamic Data to INSPIRE

GeospatialOpen Source Software
Last update: 12/05/2021

Presentation: SensorThings API brings Dynamic Data to INSPIRE

GeospatialOpen Source SoftwareStandardisation
Last update: 06/04/2022

Report: Evaluation of Application Programming Interfaces for INSPIRE

GeospatialContent and knowledge management+3 topics