INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009 came into force on 31 December 2009. The regulations implemented European Directive 2007/2/EC in Scotland (similar regulations implemented the Directive in the rest of the UK). The regulations were amended in 2019 and remain in force despite the UK's exit from the European Union.

The purpose of the regulations is to create an 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.

The full text of the regulations, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' legislation.gov.uk website:
INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009

There's more information and guidance about the INSPIRE Regulations in the Scottish Government's Open Data resource pack.

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