The INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) directive came into force on 15 May 2007 and is planned to reach full implementation in 2019. The directive aims to create a European Union Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for sharing GIS data among public sector organisations across Europe. All EU countries are mandated to adapt to the INSPIRE principles and update their national legislation to support the initiative. A strict time schedule has been drawn up, outlining when the various different types of service should be in place. A lot of services have already been established and the number is growing rapidly. Valuable sources of information are becoming readily available for further use.
The INSPIRE initiative is having a profound effect on the geospatial community and is a strong driving force behind making more and more geodata available through standard web services.
The INSPIRE directive
The Carmenta Server supports all service interfaces for geodata and metadata exchange according to INSPIRE regulations, recommendations and guidelines.
Carmenta is constantly improving the platform in order to also align with future INSPIRE requirements. A download and view service functionality is provided by Carmenta Server, which includes wide and compliant support for service endpoints standardised by OGC. The platform is also a GIS portal for setting up discovery services that comply with OGC and ISO standards.
At Carmenta, we are constantly working towards adapting and certifying our products for open standards. As a Technical Committee member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), we are very much part of the process of developing positive standards and are dedicated to promoting the use of open standards wherever possible.
The Carmenta Server is one of the most standardised server products on the market and holds six OGC interface certificates.