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Habitats (Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats)  related spatial data is critical in the management of Europe's bio-diversity. INSPIRE needs work here, particularly in its Annex III data themes: 16-18 (Sea regions, Bio-geographical regions, Habitats & biotopes, Species distribution).
To address this, the HABITATS consortium of 10 partners, including content providers, users and service providers builds a trans-European social network to generate usage scenarios and requirements and assess the impact of project outcomes, to directly feed into interactive data/metadata modelling of the four INSPIRE Annex III data themes 16-19. Widespread user validation is grounded in 7 pilot services covering these data themes across Europe & led by content-providing partners. Its deeply user-driven approach to standards adoption processes permeates a 30-month workplan.
The validation pilots are formed by multi-stakeholder partnerships where users actively participate in the co-design of the network services, develop on-demand for integration into the pilot service mash-up platforms. Validation pilot partnerships develop and test organisational/institutional arrangements for service

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