The aim of the workshop was to help subjects in understanding the linkage of spatial data sources and aspects of spatial data interoperability that are evaluated during each process of metadata harvesting from the national catalog to INSPIRE geoportal. The final scope of this, as well as the previous 14th NSDI workshop, is to increase number of available national records on the INSPIRE geoportal, with particular emphasis on view and download network services.
In the introductory part of the workshop, the Head of NSDI Division, Tomislav Ciceli, MSc., welcomed participants and emphasized the importance of interoperability for the functioning of spatial data infrastructure.
Afterward Tanja Rodin, MSc, delivered a lecture on resource linkage and aspects of spatial data interoperability. The lecture was followed by an overview of good practice of interoperable data sets and network services on the INSPIRE geoportal.
The second part of the workshop was devoted to practical work and exercises to test aspects of interoperability. Through the stand-alone use of the INSPIRE diagnostic tool, participants learned to identify sources from their jurisdiction on the INSPIRE geoportal and understand errors related to the interoperability of spatial data.
With the help of NSDI Division staff, the participants successfully completed exercises from the script and expressed their great satisfaction that through practical work and concrete examples they could understand the principles on which INSPIRE geoportal operates and the errors that occur due to unfulfilled interoperability aspects.
A great deal of interest was shown for this kind of workshops by paticipants and they expressed the desire and need for organizing more practical workshops on this and on the theme of the 14th workshop.