Guidance and Tools

Guidance and other tools that support the implementation of INSPIRE in the UK and the operation of the UK Location Information Infrastructure are set out on this page.

Please note that separate guidance may be published in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Guidance may also be published by public sector representative bodies or thematic networks.

If there is any topic not covered here that you would like guidance on, and for any other comments, questions or suggestions please contact the UK Location Helpdesk or login to comment at the end of this page.

Contents

1. Getting Started
2. Data Sharing Operational Guidance
3. Network Services
3.1. Discovery Metadata Service
3.1.1. Metadata Standard
3.1.2. UK Location Metadata Editor
3.1.3. GEMINI 2 Technical Guidance
3.2. View Services
3.2.1. GeoServer reference implementation
3.3. Download Services
3.4. Transformation Services
4. Linked Data
5. Registries

1. Getting Started

The Getting Started guidance series gives a simple introduction so anyone can quickly get an understanding of INSPIRE and the UK Location Information Infrastructure.

2. Data Sharing Operational Guidance

The UK Location Data Sharing Operational Guidance series addresses issues which could present barriers to the sharing and re-use of location data published into the UK Location Information Infrastructure.

3. Network Services

Both the UK Location Information Infrastructure and INSPIRE are service based and data publishers must make their data available using these services.

There is UKLP guidance and tools available for data providers and publishers for three Network Services: Discovery Metadata Service, View Service and Download Service. We have posted an update on the background to INSPIRE Transformation Service, and we will provide an update on the INSPIRE Invoke Service later in the year.

3.1. Discovery Metadata Service

The UK Location Discovery Metadata Service is a set of standards, guidance and tools for data providers and data publishers to use to help people find and understand their data and services.

Our operational guidance sets out how to publish datasets using the Discovery Metadata Service, including how to create metadata and register this with data.gov.uk, to assist in creating metadata we have also detailed common metadata errors:

3.1.1. Metadata Standard

The UK Location Discovery Metadata Service requires metadata to conform to the UK Gemini Standard:

UK GEMINI 2 (version 2.1)

Metadata Guidelines for Geospatial Data Resources:

(All published by AGI)

3.1.2. UK Location Metadata Editor

Data publishers can create, edit and validate metadata records using the online UK Location Metadata Editor or any other compliant metadata tool.

The UK Location Metadata Editor can be accessed at:

A User Guide is available at:

3.1.3. UK GEMINI Metadata Standard Technical Guidance

This set of resources provides detailed technical guidance for creating discovery metadata to the standard required by UK Location. This guidance is primarily intended for system suppliers and integrators.

3.2. View Services

View Services provide images of data enabling it to be quickly consumed in client applications. UK Location Information Infrastructure requires View Services to meet defined standards that are clearly set out in the following guidance:

3.2.1. GeoServer reference implementation

To support data publishers we have provided guidance on developing a view service using the Amazon cloud service and open source GeoServer:

The latest version of GeoServer is available as a software download with supporting documentation here.

3.3. Download Services

Download Services allow the raw data in spatial data sets to be downloaded or, where practicable, accessed directly. Download Services may be delivered using Web Feature Service (WFS). The UK Location Information Infrastructure requires Download Services to meet particular standards and they are explained in the following guidance:

3.4. Transformation Services

Transformation of existing datasets to INSPIRE conformant specifications can be achieved either as part of a publishers production process or by implementing some form of transformation service. More information on data transformation can be found in the following update:

4. Linked Data

UK Location Designing URI Sets for Location provides design considerations and guidance for data providers wishing to publish, develop and maintain linked-data Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) sets for Location data.

5. Registries

Registries are required by data providers to support the creation of standardised discovery metadata and services. Although each is documented in various technical guidance documents, this section provides an initial list of approved resources:

INSPIRE glossary: http://inspire-registry.jrc.ec.europa.eu/registers/GLOSSARY/items

Discovery metadata code lists. This sets out code lists in use and duplicates information specified in UK GEMINI, its encoding guide, and/or ISO 19139.

Code list - Authority - Authoritative location - Remarks

Topic category - ISO TC211 - ISO 19139 -

Responsible party role - ISO TC211 - ISO 19139 -

Scope - ISO TC211 - ISO 19139 - Only a subset is used by INSPIRE/UK GEMINI for “resource type”: series, dataset, service

Restriction - ISO TC211 - ISO 19139 - Used for ‘limitations on public access’

Maintenance Frequency - ISO TC211 - ISO 19139 - Used for ‘frequency of update’

Language - ISO 639 maintenance authority - http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/ - Items not individually accessible.

Spatial data service type - INSPIRE - Part D 3 of the INSPIRE Metadata Implementing Rules - Not a machine readable authoritative register.

Spatial reference system - OGP Surveying & Positioning Committee - http://epsg-registry.org

“ISO 19139” implies http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/ISO_19139_Schemas/resources/Codelist/gmxCodelists.xml, which can be directly encoded in metadata records.

For INSPIRE themes, use the INSPIRE theme section of GEMET http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/inspire_themes for controlled vocabularies in use.

Style layers may be required to support a network of INSPIRE view services, particularly where the datasets and their styling is not INSPIRE compliant.

The current definition of the licensing framework for INSPIRE in the UK is Version 2 of the UK Government Licensing Framework.

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UK Location Infrastructure

The UK Location infrastructure enables you to find, share and reuse, location data, including data published under the INSPIRE Directive.

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