The new version of GeoDCAT-AP has been officially released!
As part of the SEMIC Action, we are delighted to inform you about the release of the new version of GeoDCAT-AP (version 2.0.0).
This brand-new version incorporates the changes and suggestions reported within the GeoDCAT-AP Working Group as well as discussed during the GeoDCAT-AP webinar. This specification is therefore the outcome of a continuous effort to bring GeoDCAT-AP up to date, with the ultimate goal of making geospatial information better findable across borders and sectors.
Introduced as an extension of the DCAT-AP and developed according to the INSPIRE directive, GeoDCAT-AP allows Member States to keep geospatial datasets up to date and compliant according to the INSPIRE guidelines while also facilitating the publication of these collections on DCAT-AP compliant data portals.
What are the major changes brought by this new version?
The new version is a major revision of the GeoDCAT-AP specification that can be summarized as follows:
- Whereas the GeoDCAT-AP 1.0.0 mainly focused on the mapping from the ISO standards in the context of INSPIRE to DCAT-AP, GeoDCAT-AP 2.0.0 is now developed as a standalone extension of DCAT-AP for geospatial datasets;
- The mapping and the supportive tooling comply now with the latest version of GeoDCAT-AP;
- GeoDCAT-AP 2.0.0 is now aligned with the latest releases of DCAT 2.0.0 and DCAT-AP 2.0.0; and
- Many of the lessons learned from the usage of GeoDCAT-AP 1.0.0 have been included in the latest release of DCAT 2.0.0. This has led to a new specification that better supports the publication of the geospatial information on data portals.
With a view to easing the access to this new version of GeoDCAT-AP and consequently increase its reuse rate, the distribution of this specification was also published online, in addition to the traditional collaborative platform GitHub.
We remain at your entire disposal to answer any questions you may have.
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