The MOTIIVE project is one of the pilot projects of INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe, which is the latest initiative from the European Commission to create a pan-European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI). MOTIIVE builds on the work of the MarineXML project, which ended in February 2005.
The Objective of MOTIIVE is to examine the cost benefit of using non-proprietary data standards while addressing data harmonisation requirements between the INSPIRE data component "elevation" (terrestrial, bathymetric and coastal) and INSPIRE marine thematic data for "sea regions", "oceanic spatial features" and "coastal zone management areas".
The project stresses analysis of the cost-benefit implied by strong harmonisation between “core” and “thematic” INSPIRE data, while supporting the infrastructure requirements of the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) “Ocean and Marine Applications” theme, now being implemented by GMES Service Element (GSE) Phase 2 projects such as MARCOAST. The aims of MOTIIVE are to produce application instances of a series of OpenGIS specifications and use these to examine the potential need for a formal OGC Working Group (WG) for Marine Data, while actively participating in existing OGC Working Groups within which marine data is an important component of thematic data coverage, e.g. remote sensing, environmental data, etc. Determining such need requires, as per OGC rules, development of a qualified business case for creating such a WG, which must be accepted by the OGC Technical and Management Committees.
The Technical Secretariat for the project is provided by IOC-IODE via the IODE Project
Office in Oostende, Belgium.