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In the NESIS survey activity, various practices have been identified and selected for the NESIS Catalogue, as they were presented by the partners as Good Practices at a national level, having contributed to the improvement of the management of environmental information and considered suitable as possible models also for other countries.

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AUSTRIA

Environmental Portal Austria (AT)

With Environment Portal Austria, public authorities, on the federal and the state level as well as the municipal/local level, offer a common and central public access point to environmental information in Austria. Project carrier is “Digital Platform Austria”.

URL: http://reference.e-government.gv.at/Umweltinformation.1024.0.html

SEIS-CAFE Pilot: Development and demonstration of technical IT solutions for data Exchange and reporting under CAFE Directive using INSPIRE services (LOT 4) (AT)

Reporting under the CAFE directive requires the provision of air quality data at various levels of aggregation ranging from primary monitoring data (hourly measurements) over station level aggregates (yearly means, statistics) to zone level aggregates (exceeding stations per zone). Additionally, the CAFE directive requires data provision in accordance with INSPIRE. Due to the limitations of WFS technology in the provision of monitoring data (no clear description of measurements available in capabilities, no method for temporal sub-sampling), we chose to implement this prototype using the OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS) from the Sensor Web Enablement Suite (SWE). Both the SWE data models (O&M, SensorML) as well as the SOS services have been shown to be well suited for this task, as well as complying to the INSPIRE Network Services Regulation. A further interesting concept demonstrated by the prototype is the calculation of required aggregates on both the station and zone levels on the fly. The F3 processing nodes developed within the Sany IP (Sensors Anywhere Integrated Project) are capable of reading data from multiple SOS data services, aggregating this data according to the rules defined, and in turn providing this higher level data as an SOS service.

URL: https://develop.umweltbundesamt.at/CafeReportingSosClient/


BULGARIA

GIS database Of Osogovo Mountains in Bulgaria and Macedonia

Since 2007 the project "The green belt in Osogovo Mountains" has been ongoing, realized by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and the Macedonian Ecological Society and financed by the Frankfurter Zoological Society and Pro Natura, Switzerland. In course of the project a lot of field investigations were carried out both in Bulgaria and Macedonia, in an area, for which very few data existed so far. Field investigations covered many animal groups, also a map of the habitat types was created. All the data is organized and stored in a GIS-database. On Bulgarian side big parts of the project area are designated as NATURA 2000 sites according to both Directives. They still do not have management plans. On Macedonian side a designation of landscape park according to national law is in consideration. In both countries the created GIS-data is on disposal to the responsible national institutions and will create a good and profound base for the proper management and the good transboundary cooperation for the protection of the Mountain. It represents a good experience in transboundary cooperation with GIS practice, worth to be shared as good practice.

URL: http://www.bbf.biodiversity.bg/

Mediating Conflict between Urban Development and Nature Conservation (BG)

The town of Tzarevo and Strandja Nature Park are situated on the Black Sea coast in south-east Bulgaria and are neighbours. A procedure for creating a new Master Space Plan started in the local authority - Municipality of the town of Tzarevo in 2007. The administration of the Strandja Nature Park Directorate (NPD) had found some inexactnesses of the Nature park territory borders recorded in the newly created Master Space Plan. In order to clarify the reasons for the mistakes in the Master Space Plan the NPD studied a lot of information and documents of land registration both of urban lands of Tzarevo and protected sites of the Nature Park. It was found out that during a 10 year period the authority of town of Tzarevo had been permanently changing the borders of urban territories and in this way the protected sites territories of the park had been permanently decreasing. The actions of the Tzarevo authority had been done without considering the procedure for changing of the territory border as it is fixed in the Protected Territory Act. The Strandja Nature Park Directorate prepared a written report and ppt presentation about these illegal actions of the Tzarevo municipality and delivered them to responsible organizations in the Ministry of Environment and Waters and the Executive Agency of Environment of Bulgaria. The mass media was informed about this as well. All these measures taken by the NPD had been highly appreciated by NGOs and Bulgarian population.

URL: http://www.strandja.bghttp://www.bbf.biodiversity.bg/


CZECH REPUBLIC

Information System of Technical Environment Protection – ISTOZP (CZ)

There are several mandatory reporting obligations according to European and national law, which allow us to monitor existing and possible future sources of pollution. Data about pollution sources and producers are stored in several registers. ISTOZP integrates data from all of these registers, publishes these data and results based on statistical operations with this data. ISTOZP input and output communication is based on SOA and web-services. For a wide range of users there is a web portal providing information from this system.
As a good practice it represents experience on data interoperability across several registers and on a gateway (single access) to information harvested from several registers.

URL: http://zeus.cenia.cz

SIRIUS - System of Integration and Management of Information in the Field of Technical Environmental Protection

The project aims at development of a single comprehensive information system for the technical protection of the environment and its connection to basic registers of the public administration. It will be mainly integrated with the new information system - Information System of Performance Reporting Requirements (ISPOP) which will be one of the main receivers of all environmental information. This single platform for linking and integrating various existing environmental database systems will provide comprehensive assessment and interpretation of technical information on environmental protection and will provide reliable information and technical conditions for the implementation of administrative duties in the computerization of information exchange – e-Reporting.

URL: http://www.cenia.cz

Information System of Statistics and Reporting – ISSaR (CZ)

On a national level, ISSaR works as a single reporting tool for fulfilling all the requirements in the field of environmental statistics outputs (SOER, Statistical environmental yearbook, regional statistical environmental yearbooks and others). On the other hand, ISSaR acts as a single provider of environmental information services: data and information are user-friendly and at appropriate level of aggregation, presented to end users as soon as they are registered and verified by authorities (without any delays).
Currently, ISSaR is ready to give data access to the partners on a national and international level using a general communication interface. CENIA builds ISSaR as a communication node, i.e. a national gate to the Czech environmental information sources.

URL: http://issar.cenia.cz

Czech Environmental Metaportal (CZ)

The Czech Environmental Metaportal is a unique information system, based on the principle of sharing information, which is stored in different places using web based technologies.
The aim is to create an integrated metadata system across the environmental department (9 organizations at the beginning of the project), which - a) enables management of the metadata sets as close as possible to the relevant data sets and helps in the implementation of metadata standards and - b) provides a direct access to all metadata available from one location using a simple web client.

URL: http://mis.cenia.cz


FRANCE

Environmental Portal (FR)

The portal on the Environment is created to:

  • give access to all the other portals and all the data and information on-line (3 levels: general public, advanced, expert)
  • Help (on-line) to organize data and information sets at all territorial levels
  • be consistent with Aarhus principles
  • be based on interoperability principles and norms (OGC, ISO 19100 series, … ), taking in account INSPIRE, SEIS, …
  • represent a collegial structure (governance à 5 or “5 parties governance”): State, regional and local communities, representatives from trades unions (employer’s, wage earners), NGOs.
  • use the “Exalead” technology, managed by BRGM
  • be publicly accessible and fully operational around June 2009. Initially, public data would feed the portal, and then other regional or local data would be added continuously

This practice represents an important demonstartion of multilevel approach.

URL: http://www.legrenelle-environnement.fr/grenelle-environnement/

Geoportal (FR)

The Geoportal objective is to provide public geographical information to the citizen and the public authorities in user-friendly way including map-viewer, searching, downloading services, and so forth. It complies with the INSPIRE directive requirements and will implement web services in the future.

URL: http://www.geoportail.fr/5063351/index/accueil.htm

NatureFrance, Portal of the SINP - Information System on Nature and Landscapes (FR)

The SINP aims to organize the knowledge on the Biodiversity and the landscape diversity. The most important goal is to improve access to the data in order to:

  • Build up and evaluate the public policy
  • Assess the projects on the territories
  • Give to the citizen access to information useful for the debate
  • Make the reporting easier for all national or international engagements
The setting up of the SINP is in keeping with:
  • The national strategy on the biodiversity
  • The regional partnership framework
  • The shared governance principles
  • The scientific and quality data management principles
The SINP has to ensure the link between the main actors related to biodiversity at the different levels:
  • National: MNHN, ONCFS, CELRL, ONF, AAMP, IFREMER, …
  • European in the SEIS and INSPIRE context
  • International: GBIF
  • and for different sectors, such as agriculture, forestry, urban matters and others.
As a good practice, it represents a valuable and transferable experience and on multilevel and multipurpose system.

 

URL: http://www.naturefrance.fr/

GIS Sol - National Interest Group on the Soils (FR)

The GIS Sol was created in 2001 in order to share the skills and the observation means among many administrative actors working on the soil topic.
Presently, the organizations participating in the GIS Sol are: Ifen (which is now the MEEDDAT/CGDD/SOeS), INRA, ADEME, IRD, IFN, Ministry of Agriculture. Many other regional or local organisations, and engineering companies as well, are involved in the GIS Sol through operational projects.
The information produced by the GIS Sol is widely disseminated to all the interested public bodies / to general public. The main functions of the GIS Sol are:

  • inventorying the soils (and creating the soil maps),
  • monitoring the soils quality (RMQS),
  • manage the databases,
  • produce scientific publications,
  • provide information to the public,
  • report on the state of the soils to the public authorities.
One of the most important GIS Sol’s programs is the RMQS, which aim is to map the soil quality of the whole national territory. Financial support comes from the Ministries in charge of Agriculture and Environment and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. Research function involves the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and the Research Institute for Development. Diffusion and valorisation function towards the public is managed by MEDDAAT, but all the partners have their own way of communication.

 

URL: http://www.gissol.fr

Water Information System France - WIS-Fr (FR)

This information system is setup to manage any environmental data related to water. These data are mainly at “state” level (biology, chemistry …). But some data represent “pressures” or ”impacts” (dams, ecological continuity)?, others are also “responses” to potential impacts and threats (protected areas, monitoring programs, management plans, water price, ...). WIS-Fr is also a platform to exchange and share data and skills. It has to be seen as the central node of other networks dealing with water. The portal, which is operated by ONEMA, offers the ability to reach other more specialized websites where different kinds of data and information are available and downloadable.

  • Ades : database on groundwater
  • Hydro : database on hydrometry and hydrology
  • Image : database on freshwater fishes
  • Economie : database on water economics
  • Gest’eau : provide tools for the integrated water management
  • Sandre : portal on the water data normalisation, giving access to the water data
  • Surveillance : water state assessment monitoring programs
  • Zones conchylicoles : atlas of shellfish-farming areas

To know more about the WIS-Fr (in French): http://www.eaufrance.fr/?rubrique15&id_article=447 With its capacity of constituting a gateway to other information systems, it offers valuable experience to be shared among stakeholders.

URL: http://www.onema.fr/IMG/EV/cat4b-sie.html


GERMANY

PortalU (DE)

The German Environmental Information Web Portal, PortalU, offers central access to public environmental information from federal and state level in Germany. PortalU aims at establishing a fast and reliable survey of all relevant public environmental information. The main focus is set on the evidence of environmental information according to the EU Directive on public access to environmental information 2003/4/EC. To achieve this the active dissemination of environmental information as well as the evidence of existing environmental data through metadata plays an important role. Currently more than 2 Million web pages and over 500,000 data base entries from over 450 public institutions are accessible through PortalU. Altogether 28 data bases from public administrations are available. 18 of them are environmental data catalogues which contain about 5,000 INSPIRE relevant metadata entries. In PortalU all environmental information, web pages, databases as well as data catalogues can be searched by simple or advanced search queries according to the requirements of the user. The results are displayed in a ranked result list independent from the data source. Besides this, PortalU offers a separate access to service pages, environmental measurement pages and selected web pages, which serve as easy access point to diverse environmental topics. The technology of PortalU has a modular structure and is thereby easily extendible. It is based on open source components and internal developments. Therefore it can be used without external license costs within the public administration.

URL: http://www.portalu.de, http://www.kst.portalu.de

UmweltGoogle Environmental Information Portal based on Google Search Technology

The Environmental State Portals of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Bavaria and Thuringia serve as a central access platform that facilitates search by offering a thematically structured approach and various search options to the user. They all are instances of a pragmatic approach to the construction of environmental portals for the public. Environmental information is often found only when the authorities themselves and their structures are known in detail. Even internet search engines are not always very helpful, as the large number of hits hides the information searched for, or data is part of the so-called Deep Web, that is not accessible to internet search engines. Since 2003, the Federal States’ Environmental Portals provided access to quality-proved environmental information from the state level in the participating states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. In their current second generation, the systems do not only provide full-text search features for websites, but also access to structured data, spatial information, news feeds, and values measured in real time.

URL: http://www.umwelt-bw.de


HUNGARY

National Regional Development and Spatial Planning Information System

The National Regional Development and Spatial Planning Information System (NSPIS) is a hungarian web based operative system providing data and GIS services. The principle of the system is an initiative enabling users from diverse area of specialties to use and analyze solid spatial related data. Originally it has been developed by the VÁTI Limited Liability Company for landscape and territorial planners. Nowadays it is for a wide range of customers. NSPIS is a huge data container maintaining massive data and supporting complex spatial related queries. The most important data are: Census and regional statistical data , Conservation and environmental safty data, Statistical data of mining, Forest culture statistical data, Statistical data of municipalities etc.

URL: http://teir.vati.hu


ICELAND

Interactive map solution – Icelandic nature (IS)

Goal of the interactive map solution is to enable the target group to get an overview of GI and model results from different data owners in a standardized way. The interactive map solution is a platform for scientists and researchers to present their results. The platform consist of both front end solution as well as a content management system for inserting GI, metadata and other relevant information. A user-friendly interface, interactivity and dynamic data, including a unique conversion of GI to vector format and model results on a timeline are amongst the unique features of this solution. Today there are no known intuitive front-end solutions available where the user can compare different polygon coverage or other information overlay, control their order and transparency and seamlessly collect interactive information from any one of them. The business model for this project reflects the need for more efficient tool for registration of geographic information (GI) and more effective dissemination. In the future it is expected that users gather GI about the nature and cultural heritage, without being a professional in the field of GIS. This solution creates value in the form of better accessibility to GI. The solution can be used for different purposes; users spend less time gathering information, and get better quality of information which may lead to better decision making and planning. Among other reasons for being good practice, it represents experience on GIS facilities for evaluation.

URL: http://www.natturuvefsja.is/


ITALY

The Italian Environmental Information and Monitoring System and the SINAnet network (IT)

The Italian Environmental Information and Monitoring System (SINA) is a nationwide cooperating network among the main environmental institutions involved in data collection and management processes. Since 2001, the network has involved all the environmental authorities from local to national level to ensure mandatory environmental data provisions and reporting as expected by European directives. Resembling the EEA/EIONET model, SINAnet is composed of a National Focal Point (NFP) and several Regional Focal Points (RFPs) that collect environmental data about its own spatial envelope and provide them in a shared model.

URL: http://www.sinanet.apat.it

Environmental information sharing between Regional Focal Point of Piemonte and the SINA network

The SINAnet aims to collect and share environmental information between the Regional Focal Points, in order to rebuild a national perspective of thematic data and metadata. Two solutions were identified, one based on a distributed database and another based on a centralized database. The second one is the adopted solution, at the moment. This solution requires each peripheral node to expose web services, for allowing national catalogue to reach local metadata information. In 2008 Piedmont Regional Focal Point developed a SOAP web service to provide, via XML, metadata about spatial data and services. The web service is described by a WSDL available at URL http://www.sistemapiemonte.it/sitad/services/sitadwls?WSDL. The first step, FindbyPatternISPRA method, returns the identification number and title list of the metadata exposed by RFP, that is a pre-defined subset filtered from the regional Catalogue data base. The second step, CreaXML method, implemented by regional SDI SITAD, exports single-metadata information in an XML profile compliant with the structure supplied by DigitPA (Public Administration National Informatics Centre). The SINAnet Catalogue invokes daily PRFP web service and fills in the centralized database. At national level the Environmental Catalogue is evolving now into a Federated Catalogues system, in compliance with INSPIRE specifications. GI-Cat is the open source software adopted to federate the catalogues. This software is so flexible to use the same SOAP webservice developed by Piemonte, which is also used to share environmental information at sub-regional level with the provincial systems.

URL: http://www.sistema.piemonte.it/ambiente, http://www.sinanet.apat.it/it

Portal of Geological Survey of Italy

The Italian Geological Portal aims to make land monitoring maps, produced by the Geological Survey of Italy (now part of ISPRA), accessible in digital format according to the definition of the INSPIRE Network Services. The following is the information available on the Portal: Geological and topographic map of Italy at several scales; Gravimetric map of Italy; Geological and geothematic sheets on a scale of 1:50,000 covering the entire national area; Database of the subsoil investigation and deep drilling; Database of capable faults; GeoIT3D: 3D modelling and visualization of geological data; IFFI Project (Italian Landslide Inventory); Census and description of sinkhole phenomena that occurred in the national territory ; National inventory of the actions for the land conservation; Reference data (street network, hydrogeological network, administrative boundaries, urban layer, toponymy....).

URL: http://sgi.isprambiente.it/geoportal/catalog/main/home.page

GELSO - Best Practice database (IT)

GELSO (Local Management for the Environmental Sustainability) is a database on the good practices for local sustainability. It's a working tool for public administration, environmental associations, environmental experts, general public and for everyone who needs to be updated in the field of environmental sustainability. The primary objective of Gelso is creating a "network" of information exchange between local authorities. The monitoring of good practices makes it a dynamic tool that provides information on results achieved and threats occurred.

URL: http://www.sinanet.apat.it/gelso

Common Thesaurus framework for Nature Conservation (IT)

The Common Thesaurus framework for Nature Conservation is a multi-thesauri solution to define/share standard technological and scientific terms of geographic data understandable by different user communities operating in the field of nature conservation, in particular the following data themes listed in INSPIRE annex are considered: protected sites, biogeographical regions, habitat & biotopes, and species distribution. In the framework different well known knowledge organization systems (classifications, taxonomies and thesauri) for the four nature conservation themes are shared and assembled. For this purpose the framework is characterized by the properties of modularity and openness for further thesaurus extension and updating, and the ability of interconnection between thesauri and exploitability from other systems. The framework has been implemented considering the semantic web\W3C recommendations. In particular thesauri have been encoded in a machine understandable format SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System) and published exploiting existing protocols in the web according to the linked data best practices.

URL: http://linkeddata.ge.imati.cnr.it:2020, http://www.nature-sdi.eu/

BDN (Banche Dati Naturalistiche) (IT)

Since 1975, the Protected Areas planning Department has collected naturalistic data about Parks of Piedmont Region. There are different types of data organized in specific databases: boundaries of Protected Areas, data of Nature 2000 Network and other geographic information about species distribution, habitat and biotopes, Biogeographical regions. Limitations of data access and use are regulated by a user profiling system based on three levels: citizens and stockholders, data providers and Public Administration. Each category can access different types of data following an identification process.

URL: http://www.sistemapiemonte.it/ambiente/bdn/


LITHUANIA

National (Lithuanian) Environmental Information System (NEIS)

Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency has initiated the project "Development of Electronic Services for Environmental Information". It will include modernization of existing environmental information system, its extension and development of user friendly data management system. The developed system should cover air and water sectors including environmental quality and emission data and should establish links with other currently operating systems and registers in order to ensure data exchange between them. Project objectives are, as follow: - to develop electronic services for data and information on the state of environment in Lithuania access, provision and management to be used by legal and private persons through the Portal of Environmental Information; - to simplify data exchange between the state organizations, municipalities and business and streamline data flows; - to ensure access to environmental data for society, national and international organizations; SEIS principles are taken into consideration under development of the system. It also follows ICT Guidelines prepared by NESIS project. Project developers are NESIS partners. This could ensure putting NESIS project results in practice. (More about this project in Lithuanian language can be found at the link below).

URL: http://gamta.lt/cms/index?rubricId=b9d3fd67-624f-44cd-a951-8317c89e1ae7


MALTA

E-application (MT)

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority eApplications system has been implemented to enable the full electronic permitting process both for land use and environmentally-based applications. The system is fully web-based and enables clients to interact with the system over a secure and reliable infrastructure utilizing the Government’s electronic ID system. Applications including all annexed documentation can be made, bills and payments are done electronically and all documentation including plans and digital photos are processed for each application. The system has been in operation since the 1st of January 2007, and has helped the Organization in achieving better efficiency, communication and reduces operational costs. It has also helped various user groups, including the entire civil architecture community, whereby it is reducing their cost in paper, communication and also increases their efficiency. It has also made it possible, through a unique communication framework, to bring together various levels of Government during the consultation and decision processes.

URL: http://www.ambjent.org.mt

Ambjent.org.mt Environmental Portal (MT)

The Malta Environmental Portal has been created to provide environmental information to the general public in a user friendly approach using one central source. The idea is to implement SEIS concepts whereby data is held as near to the source as possible and linked through the portal. The INSPIRE Directive and its implementation is also being carried out and the portal hosts the first metadata view services within government.

URL: http://www.ambjent.org.mt

Maltese European Reporting Obligations Database - ROD Malta (MT)

The Maltese European Reporting Obligations Database was created for the European Integrations and Multilateral Affairs Unit (EUMA) of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA). The aim is to co-ordinate environmental reporting from Malta to the European institutions by documenting legal instruments, the operational tasks of different administrative units, deadlines, the actual reports and the reporting history.

URL: MEPA Internal Server (restricted access)


NORWAY

Norway Digital – Norwegian Spatial Data Infrastructure (NO)

Norway digital is the Norwegian government's initiative to build the national geographical infrastructure. It is a nation-wide program for co-operation on establishment, maintenance and distribution of digital geographic data. The aim is to enhance the availability and use of quality geographic information among a broad range of users, primarily in the public sector. A broad representation of Norwegian public bodies are participating, ministries and their Directorates at national level, all Norwegian Municipalities and different regional public bodies at local and regional level.

URL: http://www.norgedigitalt.no; http://www.geonorge.no

Species Map and Species Observation Service (NO)

The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Center (NBIC) was approved in a parliamentary resolution by the Norwegian national assembly in 2003. NBIC became operational in January 2005. The governing board is appointed by the Ministry of Research and Education. Annual grants of about 25 million Norwegian crowns grantee the supply of administrative services carried out by the University of Trondheim. More than 50% of the budget named above is allocated to buy services from research institutions. The Center is fully independent from sector interests and has an increasing focus on international co-operation.

URL: http://www.biodiversity.no/frontpage.aspx?m=23


POLAND

SEIS-CAFE Pilot: Development and demonstration of technical IT solutions for data Exchange and reporting under CAFE Directive using INSPIRE services (LOT 2) (PL)

SEIS-CAFÉ Pilot project provides a feasibility test for realization of the CAFE Directive obligations using SDI infrastructure implemented within the frame of the INSPIRE Directive. The expected results from this integration are the following:

  • Expose potential deficiencies of draft implementing provisions for reporting on ambient air quality, optimize provisions and find common solutions for CAFÉ Directive implementation
  • Support required thorough renovation of existing national practice on handling air quality information, including the regional, local level and monitoring networks
  • Provide feedback from different geographic areas and levels of governance that can be used by the Commission, DEG, EEA and Member States to support the implementation of the CAFE and INSPIRE Directives
LOT 2 focuses on the “decentralised data” scenario of SEIS-CAFE Pilot N. 384397. It is realized in Poland in cooperation with national, regional and local LMOs. As a part of technical solution for LOT2 is established as a set of web services providing discovery, view and download of air quality information in accordance to: (1) the requirements of INSPIRE Directive concerning environmental monitoring facilities and air quality monitoring, (2) draft INSPIRE Implementing Rules for network services and data specifications, (3) the requirements prescribed in draft Implementing Provisions for the CAFE Directive.

 

URL: Geo-portal temporarily available for the time of project realization (URL can be provided based on e-mail exchange with the contact person)


SLOVAKIA

 

Slovak Enviroinfo – Metainformation system about environment information (SK)

EnviroInfo is an Internet based database metadata system. This system allows users to create, update and edit metadata about documents, databases, maps, raster and vector spatial datasets and about any other kind of information. This metadata system creates one of the key elements for establishment of environmental spatial data infrastructure according INSPIRE initiative. This framework provides linkage to national and international level. Harmonization and standardization issues have been taken in account and as an initial effort an ISO 19115 profile has been implemented.

URL: http://enviroinfo.enviroportal.sk/

Slovakia Protected sites Data: Testing Process of the INSPIRE Annex I Data Specification (SK)

Template contains information about two types of testing procedures. The first is focused on transformation testing and the second on the application testing phase. Each testing phase is composed of two interlinked parts. The first part is more technical and is oriented on data content and the testing techniques used. The second part of the testing phase contains the cost-benefit considerations according to the Guidelines for Cost-Benefit Considerations in the INSPIRE Data Specification Development. The role of the testing participants is to help to understand how existing data can be made available according to the proposed INSPIRE common data specifications, to demonstrate the usefulness of harmonised specifications, and to determine the readiness of relevant methods and software tools for INSPIRE Annex I Data Specification Testing Report Template Protected sites.

URL: http://inspire-twg.jrc.ec.europa.eu/inspire-model/

Slovakia Water Data: Testing Process of the INSPIRE Annex I Data Specification (SK)

Template contains information about two types of testing procedures. The first is focused on transformation testing and the second on the application testing phase. Each testing phase is composed of two interlinked parts. The first part is more technical and is oriented on data content and the testing techniques used. The second part of the testing phase contains the cost-benefit considerations according to the Guidelines for Cost-Benefit Considerations in the INSPIRE Data Specification Development. The role of the testing participants is to help to understand how existing data can be made available according to the proposed INSPIRE common data specifications, to demonstrate the usefulness of harmonised specifications, and to determine the readiness of relevant methods and software tools for INSPIRE Annex I Data Specification Testing Report Template Hydrology.

URL: https://inspire-twg.jrc.it/inspire-model/

Slovak Environmental Index – multi language indexing/searching service, PoC (SK)

The Slovak Environmental Index is based on the article and open source code (initial version) from Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Z. Akbar and L.T. Handoko „A Simple Mechanism for Focused Web-harvesting“ - http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.0723 (Computer Science / Information Retrieval)
Their approach deals with a lot of obstacles, which will SEIS face in its development (mostly non technical). The solution was converted from Linux to Windows, which enables also „small“ user to use it, extended with mutli-language search (other languages to Slovak), with pdf document search, dealt with the problem of many character sets used in different web pages etc. It is a successful „proof of concept“ – it shows that this approach can be used as a supplement of the main SEIS strategy – semantic web.

URL: http://www.sazp.sk, (so far intranet)

Environmental Video Library – online service (SK)

The video library contains now more than 950 titles (Slovak and foreign films) with environmental themes. They are mainly from the international film festival of films, television programs and videos, about the care and protection of the environment - ENVIROFILM. Many kinds of films are offered - documentary films, natural history, current affairs, art, animated, educational, travel, fairy tales, essays, satire .... What connects all of them is tribute to the nature around us and they offer us guidance on how we behave in it.
It represents an ideal tool for teachers in the teaching of natural history, geography, ethics, environmental education. Tutorials, tips and ideas for leisure centres, cultural and educational centres. Number of interesting films for adults who have a relationship with nature and the environment. The majority of films is still on VHS cassettes and are dubbed or sub-titled in Slovak or Czech language, while 13% is on DVD.

URL: http://enviroportal.sk/video.uvod.php

Environmental Magazine and online service (SK)

The magazine brings to the Slovak information market an environmental magazine with complex approach, for both educational and public sector. It addresses environmental themes and problems in Slovakia and in worldwide. Annually are published 6 numbers + 2 to 3 special numbers related to special events or problematic. Audience assessed it as magazine with interesting information and usability for many years. An ideal tool for teachers in the teaching of natural history, geography, ethics, environmental education. Internet archive, website available, with forum for comments etc.

URL: http://www.enviromagazin.sk/

Access-eGov – Access to e-Government Services Employing Semantic Technologies

“Access-eGov (Access to e-Government Services Employing Semantic Technologies) is a 36-month STReP research and development project, co-funded by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme under the Information Society Technologies (IST) priority, contract No. FP6-2004-27020. This project addresses the strategic objective SO 2.4.13 Strengthening the Integration of the ICT research effort in an Enlarged Europe [1]. The Access-eGov project [2] is aiming at the development and validation of the platform for composition of government services into process definitions, enabling Semantic interoperability of particular e-Government services. The solution is based on the semantic technologies as enhanced WSMO (Web Service Modeling Ontology) conceptual framework, WSML (Web Service Modeling Language) ontologies, semantic annotation of services, their discovery, composition, mediation, and executing in the SOA environment. Adopting a citizen-centric approach , Access-eGov customises the workflow of electronic and traditional (i.e. face-to-face) services according to the personal needs of each citizen.”

URL: http://www.accessegov.org/acegov/web/uk/index.jsp?id=50002


SWEDEN

WaterInformationSystem Sweden – WISS (SE)

WaterInformationSystem Sweden (WISS) is a database containing all major lakes, rivers, groundwater bodies and coastal waters. For all these waters you can find information about:

  • classification of the water quality
  • monitoring stations in these waters
  • measures taken to improve the water quality
  • reporting River Basin Management Plans according to Water Framework Directive to EU
WISS is an information system developed by the Swedish County Administrations (CA) for use in day–to–day activities by professionals in the Swedish water administration. Through its web based interface WISS provides unlimited access – making it possible for stakeholders and the general public to see factors and decisions underlying the classifications of each water body. FEATURES:
  • National database for all water bodies
  • Maps of all water bodies
  • Real time status classifications, with written motivations and backtracking capabilities
  • Includes monitoring station data linked to water bodies
  • Same application for professionals and the general public
  • System allows for rebuilding (by non programmers) to meet new needs and changing definitions
  • ArcGIS 9.x tool for grouping water bodies, facilitating multiple simultaneous classifications
WISS is a fully distributed system where databases are run by County Administrations. Webbservices is used to:
  • connect modelled water flow for all waterbodies
  • point sources with impact connected to waterbodies from separate national database
  • monitoring data from other databases.
Search the water through an internet map service - the Water Map: http://www.vattenkartan.se

 

URL: http://www.viss.lst.se


UK

Bathing Waters Linked data pilot (UK)

The UK Location programme is looking at linked data as the approach for implementation of the INSPIRE directive in a way that allows for integration to other domains/communities. Both INSPIRE and Linked Data have rules based on best practice. They both depend on persistent identifiers and ontologies. Both also have government backing. While INSPIRE is legally enforceable across Europe, Linked Data is a key element of the White Paper “Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government” and therefore data.gov.uk, the online point of access for government-held non-personal data. All kinds of users are already able to source location and other information and metadata services through data.gov.uk. This pilot aims to prove the concept and deliver real benefits. If successfully implemented, this approach would enable our organisation to more effectively achieve some of the key outcomes of our data sharing agenda.

URL: http://www.defra.gov.uk

NBN Gateway (National Biodiversity Network Gateway)

In the UK there is an enormous amount of biodiversity information that has been gathered over the years by all sorts of organisations and individuals. Most of these people are volunteers who organise themselves through many national and local societies and recording schemes. The UK government (through its conservation and environmental agencies), local government and non-government wildlife-related organisations all collect and use biodiversity data. One of the principal means of collation and interpretation of this data is the network of local records centres and at the national level, the Biological Records Centre that collates and interprets data from national recording schemes. Until now it has been held by many different organisations and the individuals who collect it in a variety of formats, from computer databases to handwritten record cards. This means that although a huge amount of information exists, it isn’t always easy to access. Now however, the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), is making as much of the information as possible available to everyone who needs it. One way it does this is through an innovative website known as the NBN Gateway. The NBN Gateway quite simply acts as a “data warehouse” for biodiversity information, which can be quickly and easily accessed to understand the distribution of particular species in the UK. Individual records, covering plants, mammals, birds and invertebrates, are stored on the NBN Gateway and these can then be displayed on a map of the UK in a number of different ways. JNCC and BRC staff have worked closely together to support the establishment of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), including the technical work to set up the NBN Gateway as an Internet portal to numerous biodiversity datasets.

URL: http://data.nbn.org.uk/, http://www.defra.gov.uk/


EUROPEAN EXPERIENCES

Near real-time air quality system (EEA)

The purpose of the website is to inform about ground level ozone in Europe for current and recent situations based on hourly measurement data. The website also includes information on the health implications of ozone values. For particulate matter, the data are published in a pilot Google earth viewer. As a joint European initiative, the project reflects the international character of air pollution, which may be produced in one place but may have an impact many hundreds of kilometres away. The web site and Google viewer demonstrates how multinational data can be streamlined, harmonized and used to create a visual and easily understandable presentation of air quality measurement data for the public. The project is a joint activity of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and member countries in EIONET. The project has been extended in 2008 to pilot summer ozone reporting as a SEIS pilot. It is foreseen, based on the result of this pilot, that the system will be used for legislative purpose, i.e. for monthly and seasonal ozone reporting from member states to the European Commission. The near real-time air quality data system collects ground-level ozone as well as other air quality parameters from 750 air quality measurement stations across Europe on an hourly basis and presents the information as interactive maps and graphs. For ozone, the outputs are published on the EEA main website and is linked back to data providers as well as to national and regional air quality websites, giving easy access to local information.

URL: http://www.eea.europa.eu/maps/ozone/

EEA's Reportnet

In order to assist EU member countries in their data reporting task, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has been developing an infrastructure for supporting and improving the environmental data and information flows. This reporting infrastructure and the related suite of web-based tools and applications are referred to as Reportnet. It is based on a set of inter-related tools and processes, which are all built on the active use of the World Wide Web. The system integrates different web services and allows for distributed responsibilities.

URL: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/reportnet

Spatial Observation Services and Infrastructure – SOSI (AT, CZ, HU, IT, LU)

SOSI is an exemplary Good Practice project as it implements a standards-based infrastructure for shared access to distributed sources of spatial environmental information within the context of land monitoring and Earth observation initiatives at European and Member State levels. SOSI is a technology demonstration project with an emphasis on conformance with emerging standards under INSPIRE, GMES, and GEOSS, also utilizing GIGAS results. The objective is to demonstrate deployment of ESA’s Service Support Environment (SSE) technology for land cover/land use data with multiple national data sets, and interconnectivity of multiple geographically dispersed service nodes, each containing local land-cover data. Information managed within SOSI includes official land cover products and satellite observation data. The project’s results contribute to the concept definition of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) emphasizing symmetrical online sharing of environmental information as opposed to unidirectional environmental reporting. A user accessing a national SOSI portal (node) should have the ability to use Discovery, View and Download services for data covering either the home country, or comprising a choice of the home country and/or the other participating countries. Rather than requiring a centralized repository of the various country data, the data for each country physically resides on that country’s node, and is locally administered. All distributed data is accessible through each country-specific SOSI portal. For example, a user of the CZ portal may view any of the Land Cover/Land Use data for AT, HU, or LU entirely through the CZ portal. Additionally, the Czech and Hungarian nodes include access to certain local national data.

URL: http://wiki.services.eoportal.org/tiki-index.php?page=SOSI+Wiki

MESH (Mapping European Seabed Habitats)

If you work producing seabed habitats maps, use seabed maps in your work or just want to gain an overview of the marine mapping process this website has something for you. The website is designed to give easy access to the hundreds of project outputs that include an interactive mapping page, a catalogue of mapping studies, practical guides, tool kits, data templates and technical reports. These items cover most aspects of seabed habitat mapping from planning surveys, fieldwork standards, data handling, predictive modelling, producing maps to how to communicate your results. For an easy introduction to the MESH project you could start by reading the MESH Executive Summary or the Guide to Marine Habitat Mapping but if you already have interest in a specialist area why not jump straight into the products library. The MESH Project ran between 2004 and 2008 and is made up of a consortium of twelve partners from five European countries led by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

URL: http://www.searchmesh.net/