With INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe), the European Union is creating common standards to make environmental information quickly and easily accessible. This will translate into clear benefits for European citizens, ranging from improved emergency services to a healthier everyday environment. Common standards will help to cut costs and improve the basis for decision making at all levels.
Hundreds of experts from across Europe have been working together for several years to agree common definitions in important policy areas such as energy, climate change, biodiversity, the marine environment and human health. The proposed standards are now open for public consultation and testing to assess their usability across disciplines and nations.
Further information is available at INSPIRE