The software from the inspire-foss project does not consist of an executable program. Rather there are various scripts and configurations that use a variety of Free and Open Source Software tools and components. This section lists the various tools required, with some guidance how to set things up. This setup has been tested/performed on Unix-like systems like Mac OSX and Ubuntu Linux. All tools are also available for the Windows OS-family (XP, 7 etc).

Note that there is also a VirtualBox appliance for the entire inspire-foss environment listed below based on Ubuntu 10.10. This will be distributed later.

The Tools

Below are all required and optional tools needed to run inspire-foss scripts.

Core Tools

Transformation and ETL

Transformed data (GML) is published to a PostGIS DB via the deegree tool FSLoader. See below how to install.


Web Services


Linux (Ubuntu/Debian)

Most tools are easily installed using the apt program. Below some specifics.

Core Tools

Usually Java from OpenJDK comes pre-installed on recent Ubuntu distributions. To install Java from Sun, ahem Oracle, see

Update /etc/apt/sources.list (uncomment partners stuff). Then

apt-get install sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-jre

If still openjdk prevails (do java -version), reconfigure alternatives

update-java-alternatives -l (list)
update-alternatives --config java


apt-get install maven2
apt-get install subversion

Transformation and ETL

Installing a recent GDAL version is trickier, as Ubuntu/Debian repositories may contain older versions. Also (at least for the Netherlands) some tweaking of Proj is required.

Best is to use packages from ubuntugis . To enable add lines below to new file /etc/apt/sources.d/ubuntugis.list

deb maverick main 
deb-src maverick main 
deb maverick main 
deb-src maverick main 
apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 314DF160
apt-get update

Install GDAL:

apt-get install gdal-bin python-gdal

Update /usr/share/proj for these projections, at least check if they are as below.

<28992> +proj=sterea +lat_0=52.15616055555555 +lon_0=5.38763888888889 +k=0.999908 +x_0=155000 +y_0=463000 +ellps=bessel +units=m +towgs84=565.2369,50.0087,465.658,-0.406857330322398,0.350732676542563,-1.8703473836068,4.0812 +no_defs <>

<4258> +proj=longlat +ellps=GRS80 +datum=WGS84 +no_defs  <>

<900913> +proj=merc +a=6378137 +b=6378137 +lat_ts=0.0 +lon_0=0.0 +x_0=0.0 +y_0=0 +k=1.0 +units=m +nadgrids=@null +no_defs

xsltproc and iconv is usually available in a standard install.

The deegree FSLoader can be installed by executing 2 scripts in the directory /tools/loader/deegree-tools:


(TODO: use Maven).


apt-get install postgresql-8.4-postgis`

Below a setup for using PostGIS and the inspire DB.

# create PostGIS template DB
su postgres
createdb postgis
createlang plpgsql postgis

psql -d postgis -f /usr/share/postgresql/8.4/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql
psql -d postgis -f /usr/share/postgresql/8.4/contrib/postgis-1.5/spatial_ref_sys.sql
psql -d postgis -f /usr/share/postgresql/8.4/contrib/postgis_comments.sql

# setup inspire DB
createuser inspire (superuser "Y")

# creates database "inspire_blob" with owner "inspire"

passwd postgres (postgres)

# set password inspire user (for VM)
# as user postgre run:
alter user postgres with password 'postgres';
alter user inspire with password 'inspire';

NB also check if the spatial_ref_sys contains the proper « proj-settings » for your EPSG codes (see GDAL/proj tweaks above).

phppgadmin is optional to manage a PostgreSQL DB via a web client.

apt-get install phppgadmin

(May replace apache2 mpm worker with prefork)

Web Services

Apache webserver (only if you need phppgadmin and the WMS viewer)

apt-get install apache2

deegree is downloaded automatically via Maven when running the deegree server. In the directory /webapps/deegree3 execute or directly via Maven:

mvn clean install tomcat:run