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The NATURE-SDIplus project’s main aim is to establish a Best Practice Network on geographical information for nature conservation to stimulate the members and, in perspective, the target users at improving the harmonisation of their datasets on nature conservation to better exploit and access them.

NATURE-SDIplus proposes, as a first attempt toward the harmonisation process, the evaluation of the common metadata profile as defined by the INSPIRE DT MD which is focusing on discovery mandatory elements (a set of metadata elements to provide a comprehensive and relevant description of community resources) based on the ISO 19115/119 standards and a common data model compliant with INSPIRE specifications.

The accessibility of the metadata profile by the target users beyond the end of the project is assured by publishing the profile as a CEN document. In this way the information is accessible for all members of the EU and EFTA. The data accessibility is supported by a set of web services available and accessible by the NATURE-SDIplus Geo-portal having also the aim to attract and encourage the involvement of the NATURE-SDIplus Network members and stakeholders in this process.

The project Consortium will interact with INSPIRE Drafting Teams both to tune the adopted solutions according to INSPIRE specifications and to support the Implementation of the Directive at network level.

Data availability will be assured by the data providers and the national co-ordinator of data providers belonging to the NATURE-SDIplus Consortium, whilst other data will be sought during the project by exploiting the potentiality of the network in terms of new members and the recruitment of new data providers.

Best Practices on interoperable datasets for nature conservation will be collected, implemented and validated at network level through a consensus building approach.