... the opportunity to participate in the developments regarding harmonization, standardization and interoperability of spatial data infrastructures ...
To ensure that the spatial data infrastructures of the EU member states are compatible and usable in a Community and transboundary context, the INSPIRE Directive requires that common Implementing Rules (IR) are adopted in a number of specific areas (Metadata, Data Specifications, Network Services, Data and Service Sharing and Monitoring and Reporting). Geological Survey of Austria as an organisation providing geodata has built a new metadata foundation around open standards like SKOS.
An important criterion when evaluating the software tools was the usage of interfaces for a better networking and communication.
(from Abstracts of OGD2011)
See also: Presentation by Martin Schiegl