In 2007 the EU started with INSPIRE: creating a geographical data infrastructure in Europe based on metadata. In Germany, in 2010 the decision was made to create an open data platform, a way in Germany to get your hands on open (governmental) data in central locations.
The current situation:
There is a large number of portals in Germany for open data…
There is only one legally binding metadata standard: INSPIRE.
Since 2014 there is W3C recommendation (“DCAT”) for exchanging metadata between data catalogs.
Above DCAT format is currently the basis for a German effort to exchange all sorts of governmental open data.
More than 90% of all open data portals are made with CKAN. CKAN supports DCAT.
A problem is that the data model of CKAN and INSPIRE is different, so you need to do a conversion.
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