The NATURE-SDIplus project establishes a Best Practice Network on geographical information for nature conservation in order to improve harmonisation of datasets on nature conservation to better exploit and access them. The project started in October 2008 and will continue until March 2011. 30 partners from all over Europe have joined the initiative.
URSIT Ltd. is coordinator for Bulgaria and will during the project work with the protected areas in Bulgaria.
The project contributes to the INSPIRE implementation in protected areas with specific reference to data themes on nature conservation (as per the INSPIRE Annexes):
- Protected sites (Annex I);
- Biogeographical regions, Habitats and biotopes, Species distribution (Annex III).
The Nature-SDIplus Network will involve new stakeholders; share data and best practices; improve and stimulate exploitation and re-use of information on nature conservation.
NATURE-SDIplus proposes the evaluation of the common metadata profile as defined by the INSPIRE Drafting Team Meta Data, which is focusing on discovery mandatory elements (a set of metadata elements to provide a comprehensive and relevant description of community resources) based on the ISO 19115/119 standards and a common data model compliant with INSPIRE specifications.
Data accessibility is supported by a set of web services available and accessible by the NATURE-SDIplus Geo-portal having also the aim to attract and encourage the involvement of the NATURE-SDIplus Network members and stakeholders in this process.
More information is available at http://www.nature-sdi.eu.