Using INSPIRE GML data models

The INSPIRE Thematic Working Groups have developed data specifications for various themes. From the created UML models GML Application Schemas are derived that define the GML-based data exchange formats for INSPIRE. One application of those exchange formats is the provision of data through INSPIRE Download services.

To use an INSPIRE GML data model in HALE all you have to do is loading the corresponding GML Application Schema as source or target schema (see Loading and browsing schemas).
The GML Application Schemas are provided by the European Commission. You can either use the schema presets defined in HALE (choose "From preset" when importing a schema) or the schema repository maintained by the JRC.

Downloads for the data specifications are available here:
http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.cfm/pageid/2/list/datamodels

HALE provides some pre-defined schema locations you can choose from - currently the INSPIRE schemas for Annex I, II and III in versions 3.0 and 4.0 are listed:

To access them choose From preset when loading a schema.

Another option to quickly start with mapping to an INSPIRE schema is using the Open web template option from the toolbar.

It allows you to find predefined templates that already include target schema and code lists, or even example projects including real data.

Alternatively, the schemas are available in the following repositories:
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/schemas/ (Approved schemas)
http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/draft-schemas/ (Draft schemas)

The schemas available there are not meant for download - instead their URLs should be used to load them into HALE (e.g. by browsing the repository and using "Copy Link Location" for a schema file to copy its URL to the clipboard and further providing it in "From URL" when importing a schema).

Code lists

The INSPIRE data models make heavy use of code lists. A lot of these code lists are provided through the INSPIRE code list register. With HALE you can easily load them to use them for a convenient selection from the available values. In the code list import, select "From INSPIRE registry" to download the current list of code lists and select a code list to load into the current project.

You can use the loaded code lists for instance in the Assign or Classification transformation functions - use the Assign a code list option to associate a code list with a target property, to be able to select a value from the code list. The actual values that reside in the data are actually URLs pointing to the code list value definition.

Note that code lists may be pre-defined, extensible or even empty. Some code lists are meant to be provided by the national INSPIRE registries or via other organisations.



What is a Schema?


Loading and browsing schemas


GML Application Schema Import