In the course of their work, local authorities create lots of mapping data e.g. green belt land, tree preservation orders and planning data. If this data is held on an electronic map and falls under an Inspire category, then they are also required to publish the data.
The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) is a directive passed by the European Commission to establish a European-wide spatial (mapping) data infrastructure (SDI).
It aims to:
- improve the joining up of and access to existing mapping data across the European Union
- improve how mapping data is shared between public authorities
- improve public access to mapping data