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Report: Evaluation of Application Programming Interfaces for INSPIRE

Published on: 04/04/2022 Last update: 06/04/2022 Document

The European Commission has created building blocks- like the INSPIRE Directive, EULF framework, AREe3NA, and currently ELISE-  to  promote open access to public data across Europe, breaking down electronic barriers at national borders through the creation of common data, service models and legislation.

The goal of the API4INSPIRE study is to ​evaluate two new standards developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) in the context of the INSPIRE ecosystem.

  •  OGC-API Features: provides API building blocks to create, modify and query features on the Web.
  • OGC SensorThings API: provides an open and unified way to interconnect the Internet of things devices, data, and applications over the Web.

Emerging standards can best be utilized to leverage existing investments by EU Member States in INSPIRE implementation, as well as supporting new developments in e-Government and the Digital Single Market

The evaluation strategy was developed to determine how these new and emerging standards can be best used as:

  • valid INSPIRE download services
  • introducing simplifications within the INSPIRE data models as foreseen within the INSPIRE MIF activity 2017.2

The evaluation focused on various facets of usability, ranging from the configuration and deployment aspects of service deployment to ease of uptake of the API, and included a wide range of stakeholders within the evaluation process.

The report identifies gaps in information, and based on its insights, new supporting material and software solutions as extensions were created and disseminated among interested stakeholders

Download the report here

How to cite this document: Schleidt, K., Van Der Schaaf, H., Mossgraber, J., Grellet, S. and Oliveira, N., Evaluation of Application Programming Interfaces for INSPIRE, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2022, ISBN 978-92-76-49644-1, doi:10.2760/00811, JRC128885

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