EU Download Services Technical Guidance published

At the AGI & UK Location Programme Data Providers Winter Workshop in February, we provided an introduction to Download Services. Download Services are the next step in enabling access to location data, and they allow the underlying data in a spatial data sets to be downloaded or, where practicable, accessed directly. To enable interoperability, and build on existing best practice, UK data publishers will be implementing Download Services in line with the European technical guidance for Download Services.

This technical guidance has just been published by EU, and can be downloaded directly from the INSPIRE web-site at All Download Services implemented within UK will need to conform to the guidance published in this document.

The guidance itself defines three options for the implementation of Download Services:

  • Web Feature Services (WFS), providing direct access to features
  • WFS, delivering pre-defined datasets
  • Atom feeds, providing access to pre-defined dataset

Now that this guidance has been published, the UK Location Programme is planning to provide a number of tools to help with the implementation of Download Services. This will include additional operational guidance to support the implementation of these services, as well as making available an open-source software tool (GeoServer) for implementing INSPIRE-conformant Download Services.

If you have any questions about this guidance and its implementation, then please contact us.


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