It’s a new year and January seems to be disappearing fast, but the INSPIRE compliance race continues. For Local Authorities that are yet to be compliant, the big question being asked is – How do I get my datasets to data.gov.uk?
Don’t panic! I agree this may be a bit tricky, but with the right guidance it becomes straightforward. Here are our 5 tips to help you.
1. Register your Local Authority with Data.gov.uk.
To register you need a data.gov.uk account. If you do not have an account, you can get one from the data.gov.uk site by clicking on the ‘I want to create an account’ tab.
You can then proceed to register your local authority here. I would do these little tasks as soon as possible as it only takes a few minutes and you can get it out of the way.
2. Identify datasets that you are required to publish.
This seems basic but the process is faster when you have worked out what datasets need to be published. You can see a list of INSPIRE Annex III themes here on the INSPIRE Data Specifications page. Or alternatively we have made a handy, simplified Annex III crib sheet that can be found under the Free Guides section on our DataPublisher page – you don’t need to be a customer to download it so take a look.
3. Understand Licensing related to each dataset.
Datasets derived from proprietary data might require some form of License/access restrictions. For Information about Ordnance survey Licensing regarding INSPIRE, see below:
We understand that these licences might seem scary but if you have any questions you can email us.
4. Choose a Metadata Creation tool.
We recommend using the UK Location Metadata Editor tool.
Send an email to UK-INSPIRE-Help@defra.gsi.gov.uk to request access to the online tool. You should also do this early as it’s another two minute job that is easy to get done to set yourself up.
If you need help using the tool, watch our video guides – available on our DataPublisher or miso portal YouTube pages. Our INSPIRE experts take you through each section of the tool in easy to follow sections.
5. Create a directory on your server.
You will need this for data.gov.uk to be able to access your metadata and publish it to their website.
Got any burning questions? We’re a friendly lot – you can catch us on 0121 232 8000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.