INSPIRE Thematic Clusters



Owner: Tim Duffy

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This is an open subgroup for people involved and interested in  Geology (people responsible for data content and services establishment, management and implementation, as well as end users), within the  INSPIRE Earth Science Thematic Cluster.

Please use this subgroup to share resources and have discussions which are specific and focused just on the INSPIRE Geology theme (noting this includes Geomorphology, Geophysics, Boreholes and Hydrogeology). You can join this sub-group INSPIRE theme by just clicking once the 'join group' button on this page that you will see here once you have successfully logged on with ECAS.

For those which are related to more than one INSPIRE theme within the Thematic Cluster, please use the Main cluster group created for such purpose.

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Cookbooks for the EGDI Bridging project to provide INSPIRE compliant web services from the pre-INSPIRE OneGeology-Europe services

Detailed cookbooks and exemplar services have been provided on this sub-group page on 08/01/2016:

INSPIRE recommended codelists for each Data Specification TG published on INSPIRE Registry 20/05/2015

The INSPIRE codelist register at

has been published on 20/05/2015 containing the full TG recommended codelists for (WWW resolvable URI) values to be used in data content conformant web services and GML e.g. the Geology Lithology list has expanded from the 20+ legally mandatory values to the 226 values that the Geology Data Specification team recommended for actual practical use. Geological Survey data providers can now map their data to these values and publish INSPIRE content conformant data.


UPDATE 4th November 2015:

During summer 2015 preparations took place for the implementation of the EGDI-Bridging project. The aim of this project is  to help OneGeology-Europe service providers use as much as possible  their existing already ‘harmonised’ datasets and WMS and WFS services to provide parallel fully conformant INSPIRE and OneGeology services (see below) with as little effort as possible. This included looking at in detail the published and required INSPIRE codelists to be used and added to such services. Exemplar services were set up and during this process a small number of ‘typographical inconsistencies’ were identified amongst the published recommended (by the 2013 INSPIRE Geology Data Specification) Lithology  (LithologyValue) and Geochronologic Era (GeochronologicEra Value) code URI Values/tokens (the ‘human understandable ‘language neutral terms’ on the right hand end of the URI’s). These URI’s are what is used within the harmonized INSPIRE data to WMS/WFS query and provide definitions of properties within the Geology model. Whilst currently the JRC INSPIRE framework requires data services to use INSPIRE URI’s, it is recognized that  there are always term definition ‘exact matches’ between these values and those ICS/CGI published URI’s used by the IUGS-CGI SISSVOC URI resolving service, e.g., which was developed to support the use of GeoSciML within OneGeology etc.  The CGI will always aim to govern and publish as URI’s Geoscience vocabularies that are of truly Global applicability but will aim to ensure that they are   super-sets of what the European INSPIRE framework requires which must be explicitly implemented by at least 28 European Geological Surveys. During this URI review process – with involvement from BGS, BGR, CZS, ISPRA (Italy Geological Survey – Carlo Cipolloni – INSPIRE MIG-T Earth Science Thematic cluster Liaison and chair of the MIG-T MIWP-5 Validation and Conformity work package),  AZGS (USA), GA (Australia), GNS (New Zealand), GSC ( Canada) and very helpfully Chris Schubert himself (although he now no longer works for JRC/|INSPIRE directly but does work in Europe on interoperability and is a member of this Geology cluster) a few typographical changes were identified on the CGI exact match URI’s for these INSPIRE codelists and CGI is actioning those changes.

The following 18 (out of 481 total values in these two vocabularies) recommended INSPIRE URI’s changes are being submitted to the December 2015 Rome, MIG-T meeting for approval.

If approved these new values will be added to the INSPIRE registry. The old values will remain there marked as deprecated i.e. if by any chance the old values have already been used in data then they will still work to resolve to the brief term definition on the INSPIRE registry. The fuller CGI definitions will also continue to work as before. The MIG-T is considering many formal changes to INSPIRE models and Technical Guidance and the values below are formally recommended values in the current Technical Guidance Geology Data Specification. Please note none of them happen to be INSPIRE law mandatory values nor do any happen to be changing the definition of any of the terms. As this MIG-T review process continues there will be more changes to the registry entries (and other recommended improvements to the relevant TG’s) and hence ultimately more improvements to the TG documents will be published.


Old INSPIRE registry value :: proposed new one

LithologyValue/alkali-OlivineBasalt :: LithologyValue/alkaliOlivineBasalt

/LithologyValue/anthrazit :: /LithologyValue/anthraciteCoal

/LithologyValue/arenit :: /LithologyValue/arenite

LithologyValue/glaukophanschiefer :: LithologyValue/glaucophaneLawsoniteEpidoteMetamorphicRock

LithologyValue/kalsiliticAndMeliliticRocks :: /LithologyValue/kalsiliticAndMeliliticRock

/LithologyValue/impaceu-technicaleneratedMaterial :: /LithologyValue/impactGeneratedMaterial



INSPIRE  Geochronologic Era proposed 12 out of 204 just changes late/early to upper/lower.

Old INSPIRE registry value :: proposed new one

/GeochronologicEraValue/earlyOrLowerCretaceous :: /GeochronologicEraValue/lowerCretaceous

/GeochronologicEraValue/latePleistocene :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperPleistocene:

/GeochronologicEraValue/lateCretaceous :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperCretaceous

/GeochronologicEraValue/lateJurassic :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperJurassic

/GeochronologicEraValue/earlyJurassic :: /GeochronologicEraValue/lowerJurassic

/GeochronologicEraValue/lateTriassic :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperTriassic

/GeochronologicEraValue/earlyTriassic :: /GeochronologicEraValue/lowerTriassic

/GeochronologicEraValue/latePennsylvanian :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperPennsylvanian

/GeochronologicEraValue/lateDevonian :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperDevonian

/GeochronologicEraValue/earlyDevonian :: /GeochronologicEraValue/lowerDevonian

/GeochronologicEraValue/lateOrdovician :: /GeochronologicEraValue/upperOrdovician

/GeochronologicEraValue/earlyOrdovician :: /GeochronologicEraValue/lowerOrdovician

Tim Duffy, Facilitator, Earth Science Cluster.


Dear colleagues,

Yesterday (18/12/2014) JRC published a new release candidate of the INSPIRE Registry software with the long expected publication of complete code lists and code list values for INSPIRE in additional formats like RDF, CSV and ISO 19135 based XML.

The release candidate of the INSPIRE registry service is available for testing until 23 January 2015. Please use this opportunity, especially for INSPIRE Mineral Resources Theme and the revisions based on WP5 results within Minerals4EU.


Release candidate service link: or


More information and instructions for testing of the 5th release for the INSPIRE registers is available here


There, you will find also a nice data management component, for submitting new proposals, trnslations and improvements, as new software development (

By the way the whole software package, called Re3gistry is an open source tool and could be installed and run for own purposes to set up registers.

To participate on the testing you have to be registered, for more details or needed support do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes and a relaxing break

Chris Schubert



Scientific / Technical Project Officer

  • Two codelists necessary for the implementation of the Geophysics part and mentioned in the DS do _not_ exist at the given URL's: GeophProcessParameterNameValue -...
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    • Tomas LINDBERG

      Hi Tim,

      just had a quick look and found a few what I think is inconsistencies:

      latePleistocene - should this be upperPleistocene?(other ages use upper instead of late, name and definition should be altered to conform)

      middle - should this be middlePleistocene?

      cromerian - a lot of citation marks?

      Holocene subdivisions - missing real definitions and boundaries

      But it's hard to know if this is errors or intended, is there a correct register to compare with? You point to Geoscience Australia at sissvoc, but I can't find a geochronology vocabulary there (only general geology terms). Am I missing something in the interface?

    • Tim Duffy

      Dear Tomas - yes all these errors spotted by you can be said to be intended if you go to the master document for these values which is the 2012 pdf from the ICS site at

      so many thanks Tomas they are now incorporated into v7 here and Carlo will take this forward with Robert Tomas next week (Carlo will also remind us how to get the 2012 age vocab on the sissvoc - all the year variants are there but the interface defaults to showing  the latest i.e. 2016 and there is a too clever way to ask for the 2012 one....). He will also discuss with Robert why the geophysics schema (not the uml - that does not need fixing) cannot have it's minor? error fixed (that Laszlo reported 900+ days ago as the chair of the original geophysics committee - and nobody has disagreed with his proposed fix on the cluster since) and this would mean no geophysics words need changing in the TG which is what Laszlo would prefer.

      Ola Aurete! - congratulations  on your progress on  the Spanish-Portuguese map.

      There is no response from the team that designed the INSPIRE lithology list as to why they decided on using one term for the two you wish to express but as you recognised the two terms can be mapped to one with a loss of information. The issue is there is always a loss of such discriminatory information as you move to higher interoperability across Europe i.e. for INSPIRE services. So it is great in fact that you only find (perhaps so far!)  one desire to express two terms when one covers them in the list. The long term (up to 2020) solution is to get your 'loca'l national INSPIRE registry to serve new local (for the country - could be either Spain or Portugal!) such codes as URI's then under INSPIRE rules they are allowed to be used as formal extensions of the recommended INSPIRE lithology codelist.  Now at the recent INSPIRE conference there was German Lander Regional geological survey present who wanted to add literally 100's of his local codes - that were more specific to his region to the INSPIRE recommended list. So this was  explained to him and he found out that his German Federal registry would be ready to serve his submitted to them code uri's by the end of 2018 (with the deadline for all this working remember 2020) so that he could populate detailed data with the detailed more local codes - more detailed information of course but with lower interoperability across wider than his local area - such as wider across the EU.

      Hope helps - Obrigado!

      Tim - now a dual-nationality citizen, my new nationality stays in the EU - I am Irish! 

    • Aurete PEREIRA

      Hello Tim

      Congrats on your new dual-nationality citizen! And sim muito obrigado for your explanation it helps who are "in the field" doing the work, the feelling is "I'm not alone...". Welcome and thank you very much for all your work for the INSPIRE cause.

      Portugal is working on the Registry Service and we hope it up and runing till the end of 2018!

      Best regards

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