Less could be more for INSPIRE

Last year the INSPIRE reps were indicating that about 55% of the 4 year budget had been committed by DeFRA and other participants. There was optimism about gaining support from others for the remainder.

Now it appears that the crunch has hit budgets within government departments and the funding commitment is down to 33%. This has forced a rethink and may result in a slimmed down Location Council as apparently there is no seat at the top table without a contribution although now non-monetary contributions may be considered.

This may mean a lighter and less centrally dominated SDI for the UK. That could be a blessing in disguise.