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Spacial Data IconINSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009 came into force on 31 December 2009.  The regulations implement EC Directive 2007/2/EC in Scotland - similar regulations implement the Directive across the rest of the UK.

The purpose of the regulations is to create a Europe-wide electronic network of spatial information which is accessible to the public.  "Spatial information" is information which has a geographical reference, for example postcodes and map data.

The Regulations set out, amongst other things:

  • definition of "spatial information" and "spatial datasets"
  • definition of Scottish public authorities and third parties covered by the regulations
  • the obligations of bodies covered e.g. creation of metadata, establishment and operation of discovery services, links to other datasets as part of a network
  • details of how the regulations will be enforced.

A full text of all legislation, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' legislation.gov.uk website:

INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The Scottish Government has published guidance on implementing the regulations:

Word DocumentScottish Government: A Guide to the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009 SSI/2009/440 (Word - 575 kB)

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