INSPIRE Thematic Clusters



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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

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