The INSPIRE directive came into force on 15 May 2007 and will be implemented in various stages, with full implementation required by 2019.
The INSPIRE directive aims to create a European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure. This will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe.
A European Spatial Data Infrastructure will assist in policy-making across boundaries. Therefore the spatial information considered under the directive is extensive and includes a great variety of topical and technical themes.
INSPIRE is a set of guidelines on different types of environmental spatial data: this document describes the INSPIRE Data Specification for the spatial data theme Soil.