Second draft of Technical Guidance on Schema Transformation Network Service published

June 30, 2010 -- 1Spatial is pleased to announce that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the second draft of the Technical Guidance for Schema Transformation Network Service (TNS) for community review and comment.

The Technical Guidance constitutes the main deliverable within the scope of work for the EC JRC Contract Notice 2009/S 107-153973, as awarded to RSW Geomatics, 1Spatial and Rob Walker Consultancy in October 2009. A first draft has already received JRC and INSPIRE Drafting Team expert review, but this second draft has been published to enable the wider community to contribute.

At last week’s INSPIRE Conference in Kraków, Poland, a team from 1Spatial and RSW Geomatics showcased a prototype demonstrating the feasibility of the Technical Guidance. This highlighted the possibility for vendor neutrality based on W3C and OGC standards for model mappings and schema description respectively. The workshop was attended by 70 delegates and was described as thought provoking. The prototype demonstrated how the guidance could be used to deploy a transformation solution based on open source components and commercial offerings, working in an interoperable way, based around rigorous standards. The demonstration featured project partner’s Dutch Kadastre data being taken from SHAPE format and being delivered as GML3.2.1 in the target INSPIRE schema. The HALE open source mapping definition tool from the Humboldt project, GeoServer and Tatuk GIS were used as components of the demonstrated service. 1Spatial wrote an exporter extension to HALE to output RIF (the W3C rules interchange format) and this will be declared open source in conjunction with the Humboldt team.

The Technical Guidance is available via the JRC website at and people have until Friday 2nd July to comment on the draft Technical Guidance before revision work begins. Any feedback should be sent to Michel Millot ( Email Contact) at JRC.

It is anticipated that the final version of the Technical Guidance and a video presentation aimed at Business Managers to introduce the Technical Guidance and its goals will be completed by the end of July 2010.

The State of the Art analysis report on tools and standards for schema transformation has also recently been published for reference. It can be accessed via the JRC website at:

For further information about any of 1Spatial’s range of INSPIRE services please contact us at Email Contact or visit the 1Spatial website.

For more information please contact Hayley Merrill.
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