Objectives and addressed topics

Objectives

  • a forum of stakeholders at national level to share good practices and provide indications and solutions about environmental information management within SEIS. At such aim the involvement of EIONET (the European Environmental Information and Observation Network) has been pursued as a key factor, to leverage and exploit its competence and pool of implementation experience
  • a ICT roadmap, through stakeholders consultation, for the implementation of SEIS as a distributed information system
  • structuring and expressing the needs arising from the INSPIRE compliancy process, the spatial data infrastructure of which will be backbone of SEIS for geospatial data exchange. It will result in a roadmap to ensure convergence of SEIS and INSPIRE
  • streamlining the SEIS implementation with other EU initiatives about environmental information services (e.g. GMES, ICT 7 FP and ICT PSP related projects)
  • a further involvement of stakeholders at the local and regional level, with cross-fertilisation of ideas and proposals, also individuating specific pilot initiatives to improve efficiency and impact of environmental information exchange
  • to investigate how new technology could be addressed by the ICT-PSP-CIP programme to promote proper initiatives and stimulate the uptake of innovative ICT solutions in Member States

Addressed topics

  • the increasing demand for environmental information faced by Member States: the latest developments in ICT for distributed information management and system oriented architecture will be explored
  • the reuse of environmental information, optimising institutional cooperation so that information is reported once but used by many: duplication and confusing information requests should be prevented
  • the comparability of information: data and information to assess Europe‚Äôs environment are often not comparable between countries due to diverging definitions and data collection practices; there are few common standards, insufficient interoperability between systems, limited opportunities to share data
  • the timeliness: despite the current ICT technology environmental data and information are often still old when published or reported; then integration of (near-) real time monitoring data will be explored
  • the policy requirements: integrated assessment, as well as the integration of policies, needs connectivity and interoperability between policy sectors and across environmental compartments and geographical scales
  • the awareness: there is not a single model to organise the data flow and the most effective and timely construction of such flow needs a development tuned to each topic area; a state-of-play of the existing European systems is needed
  • from local to global: here the challenges are to improve data sharing at all levels, with a better knowledge of the effects & effectiveness of European measures, to rebalance the reporting effort and to exploit the current ICT for efficient and transparent information sharing. This is a challenge both for the Member States and the EU institutions