​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​INSPIRE Geoportal


The European INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EK) aims to create a European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure. This will enable the sharing of spatial information among public sector organizations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe. INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information that are created by the Member States and that are made compatible with common implementing rules and are supplemented with measures at Community level. These measures should ensure that the infrastructures for spatial information created by the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and cross-boundary context. Network services are necessary for sharing spatial data between the various levels of public authority in the Community. These network services, such as the INSPIRE GeoPortal of Cyprus make it possible to discover, transform, view and download spatial data and to invoke spatial data and e-commerce services according to the INSPIRE Directive.

INSPIRE is available for public use without having the pre-condition to login to the DLS Portal.

1. ​Home

​The INSPIRE homepage contains the following features:

1.       Menu

    • Home
    • Search (Advanced)
    • Browse
    • Validation (This field is displayed only if user is logged in to the DLS Portal)
    • Help

2.       Search 

3.       Show Map

4.       INSPIRE Content


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2. ​Home

​The INSPIRE homepage contains the following features:

2.1       Basic search

Basic search is accessed from the geoportal homepage. There is a field on the homepage labeled Search. Simply enter a search term keyword in the field, click the Search button, and the results of your text search will display in the search results page.

2.2       Advanced Search

Advanced Search is accessed by clicking the Search tab on the geoportal web application interface. Advanced search enables you to narrow search results by selecting additional filters. The filters described below can be removed from the search query by clicking the Clear link on the search page. ​​

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3.2.1    Search Term Input Box

Use the search term input box to input a search term or query.

The search provide the autocomplete functionality which means that the system predicts the word that is typing the user and fetches relative results.

3.2.2    Interactive Map Spatial Extent Search

Define the spatial extent of the records to be returned from the search, using the Locate Tool and the Map Navigation Tools.

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Anywhere: Search results will return resources from any extent

Intersecting: Search results will return resources that have some portion of their extent touching or included in the area defined in the search map

Fully within: Search results will return resources that are fully contained in the area defined in the search map

Locate Tool: you can type in a place name, and the geoportal will use a locator service to provide a list of places that have that name. Select a place from the list, and the map will center on that place. If you type in integer values, the geoportal will not use the locator but will instead zoom to the geographic coordinates on the map (to disable this capability.

Map Navigation Tools: Zoom in or zoom out using the arrows on the search map or your mouse wheel. Pan the map by clicking the map and dragging.


3.2.3   Federated Search

Click the Records shown from: link and select from the listed resources on the list. This enables searching remote catalogs from the geoportal's interface. 

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Note: Resources listed in the federated search dialog are registered CS-W based catalogs, certain customized REST endpoints, or ArcGIS Search Service endpoints.

2.3   Additional Options

Content Type

Searches return documents that are associated with either INPIRE Data   or INSPIRE Services

Data Category

Nineteen topic categories defined in the ISO 19115 metadata standard. FGDC metadata has integrated the topic category concept into its own tags as well. Searching by data category will retrieve resources that have the selected data category in its designated place in the resource's metadata XML

Option: Users can choose more than one data category by checking them in the search form list. Checking more than one box broadens the search; results will be returned for resources from any or all of the data categories selected.​

Modified Dates

Refers to the date the resource's metadata was last modified within the geoportal catalog

Option: By designating a start date and an end date, the search will return records that have been modified during that designated time period.

Sorting Results

Results are shown sorted by one of seven criteria from the resource's metadata XML. Users can designate how results should be sorted by choosing one of the following from the Sort By drop down box.

Relevance: If you have typed a search term in the search field at the top of the page, then results are sorted by relevance to that search term. If you have not typed in a search term but search on the other criteria (for example, a search based on just the Content Type), then the results are sorted by date in descending order.

Title: Sorted by Title text in alphabetical order, with the "A's" at the top.

Content Type: Sorted and grouped by Content Type, with Live Services at the top and Unknown Resource at the bottom.

Ascending Date: Sorted by date modified, with the most recent listed at the bottom.

Descending Date: Sorted by date modified, with the most recent listed at the top of the list.

Ascending Area: Sorted by the size of the spatial extent, with records having a smaller extent at the top.

Descending Area: Sorted by the size of the spatial extent, with records having the largest extents at the top.

2.4 Search Results Footprints

Search Result footprints allow users to see what the spatial extent of the selected resource. For each resource in the search results, a footprint of that resource's spatial extent is shown in the search results footprint map. As you scroll over the footprints in that map, the corresponding resource for that footprint will be highlighted in the search results list. Conversely, if you scroll over a particular resource in the list of search results, its spatial extent will be highlighted on the map.

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4. Access Resources

Features in this section focus on helping users access a discovered resource for use in other applications.

4.1       Access through the REST API

Every resource in the geoportal catalog is accessible through the a REST URL. This URL is visible at the bottom of the Details page, and is formatted similar to the example below. In the example below, you see that the URL references the document ID for the metadata document, shown below after the 'id=' parameter in the URL. By pasting the REST URL in a web browser, you can access the resource's details information.

 /geoportal/rest/document?f=html&id=%7BF6B6CCA6-9013-4018-9FFE-5F8163E27FBD%7D

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It is also possible to see search results as a list in different formats through the REST API Syntax. By using the REST API to define a search, you can easily access resources that meet your search criteria without using the geoportal interface to define the search. You can embed the REST URL in an external webpage, list it as an entry in your content management system, or subscribe to it through an RSS feed. Any time the link is accessed, all resources published to the geoportal that meet the search criteria will be displayed. Scroll to the bottom of the search result page and note the REST format options: GEORSS, ATOM, HTML, FRAGMENT, KML, JSON and CSV.​

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5. INSPIRE 

The result's icon allows users to know what type of resource is being described, e.g. its content type. Search results are categorized as:​

INSPIRE Data 

  • Metadata of data
    INSPIRE Services   (There are two types of services)
  • INSPIRE View Services​

    • Have capability of viewing data as a WMS service
  • ​INSPIRE Download ​​Services

    • Have capability of:
      1. WFS service (for Annex I themes + Geology and Lan Cover themes). The user can click on the followings buttons:
      2. Downloading INSPIRE compliant GML files for vector spatial data and TIF files for raster spatial data (for Annex III + Orthoimagery and Elevation themes).​


6. INSPIRE Data

Clicking on the name of the result the system will display the available options for the selected results.​

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  • Details
    • Display the metadata record in a well arranged style

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  • Metadata
    • Display the XML file of metadata
  • Zoom To
    • Zoom to enables users to zoom to the spatial extent of the resource in the search results footprint map.


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7. INSPIRE View Services

​The result's icon allows users to know what type of resource is being described, e.g. its content type. Search results are categorized as:​

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7.1       INSPIRE View Service 

    • Have a capability of viewing data as a WMS service
    • The user can click on the following buttons:
      • Open – display getCapabilities of WMS in new window/tab
    • The Open link enables users to access a website that describes the resource itself.
      • Preview – display a service in Preview Map window
    • The Preview link enables users to preview a live service to determine if it meets their data needs. ThePreview page also provides connection information so users can access the live service from other client applications, such as ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Explorer, or other viewers. If the resource is recognized as a live service but the URL is not defined, the Preview link will still open the Previewpage, and instead of showing the live service in a map, the organization's website information will display as provided in the resource's metadata.
      • Add to map – add a view service to the external Map Viewer
      • Details – display a metadata in more legible form
    • The Details link enables users to easily read basic information about a resource by displaying the resource's title, publisher/originator, geographic extent, and abstract on a Details page. The Detailspage also allows users to view Reviews of the resource - or leave a review if they are logged in (seeHow to Leave a Resource Review), view Relationships the resource may have to other documents in the catalog (see How to View Resource Relationships), and Preview live data resources. Note: ADetails link will not be displayed for search results returned from a federated search.
  • Metadata - The Metadata link enables users to see the resource's metadata XML.
  • Zoom to – enables users to zoom to the spatial extent of the resource in the search results footprint map ​


8. INSPIRE Download Services


Clicking on the name of the result (download service), the system will display the available options for the selected results.

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Have a capability of:

      1. WFS service (for Annex I themes + Geology and Lan Cover themes). The user can click on the followings buttons:
        • Open – the same functionality as the Download button
        • Details – display a metadata in more legible form
        • Metadata - metadata in raw form (XML file)
        • Download – display getCapabilities of WMS in new window/tab
        • Zoom to – enables users to zoom to the spatial extent of the resource in the search results footprint map
      2. Downloading INSPIRE compliant GML files for vector spatial data and TIF files for raster spatial data (for Annex III + Orthoimagery and Elevation themes). The user can click on the followings buttons:
        • Open – the same functionality as the Download button
      • If the resource is downloadable and the downloadable data file - ftp, zip, or other downloadable format - is referenced in the resource's metadata, the Open link may give the option of downloading the file. The Open link will not appear of there is no website information in the resource's metadata.
        • Details – display a metadata in more legible form
        • Metadata - metadata in raw form (XML file)
        • Download – download datasetatom XML file which contains a link or links to GML packages (in case of raster data TIF files are included)
        • Zoom to – enables users to zoom to the spatial extent of the resource in the search results footprint map


The result's icon allows users to know what type of resource is being described, e.g. its content type. Search results are categorized as

9. Browse Functionality

The browse page is accessed on the geoportal user interface by clicking the Browse tab. The Browse page lists a hierarchical structure of categories on the left hand side. By clicking on the headings and expanding the headings users can view the resources associated with those categories.

  • Content Type
  • ISO Topic Category
  • Inspire Data Theme
    Clicking on the arrow next to each category, the tree is expanded.

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When a category that has resources associated with it is highlighted, the results are displayed in a window to the right of the tree. Just above the results is a total count of all results under the selected heading, the number of results displaying on the page and, if there are more than 10 results, additional pages that the user can click through.

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The user also has the ability to filter the results within the selected heading. By entering text in the text box and clicking Filter the number of results within that selected heading will be narrowed down. To list the full number of results under the selected heading click Clear.

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The browse tree is divided into three categories:

  • Content Type
  • ISO Topic Category
  • Inspire Data Theme
    Clicking on the arrow next to each category, the tree is expanded.

10. Validation

If you want to validate the document, click Validate. If your document is invalid, the geoportal will report which elements in the document need to be addressed. If the metadata schema to which the document conforms is not supported by the geoportal, the error will say that the schema is invalid. If the document is valid, you will see a successful message.

To check that a metadata record is valid. To validate a metadata file, follow these steps:

Login to the geoportal

Click the Validation tab

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Choose file - 1

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Click Validate - 2.

  • If your document is invalid, the geoportal will report which elements in the document need to be addressed.​
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  • If the metadata schema to which the document conforms is not supported by the geoportal, the error will say that the schema is invalid.​
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  • If the document is valid, you will see a successful message.
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​More details about INSPIRE can be found in the following link: http://server.arcgis.com/en/inspire/​