Friday 26th February from 09:30 to 11:00 CET

European Commission INSPIRE announcement | video recording

How can gridded data be efficiently shared and utilized?

Gridded data, often in the form of remote sensing imagery as well as weather and climate data (more generally: multi-dimensional raster data) have long been an essential part of spatial data infrastructures. For this purpose, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have created both the OGC Coverage Implementation Schema (CIS) data model and the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) service model, providing an efficient and compact method of structuring such data paired with a powerful service for data provision.

Coverages appear across many INSPIRE themes in Annex II and III; unfortunately, due to encoding issues, it was not possible to provide the data pertaining to these models via WCS. Since 2014 a number of OGC, ISO and INSPIRE experts have teamed up in the scope of the activities of the INSPIRE Community Forum to identify the related issues and overcome the drawbacks by establishing best practices, evaluated and demonstrated through sample services. The outcome of this work is available from and has been endorsed by MIG-T as an INSPIRE good practice candidate. The present event constitutes the outreach webinar for this initiative, according to the procedure established for endorsing INSPIRE good practices.

In this workshop, participants will be walked through all stages of the coverage provision and usage process. Starting with a simple orthoimagery data file in GeoTIFF format, participants will learn how to create the necessary additional INSPIRE metainformation as well as how to import both the rastered data as well as the metainformation to a WCS instance. Once the data has been imported, the participants will then see the power of WCS in allowing the user to query and process the data as required for subsequent portrayal.