Introduction

 

For years the European Commission has been promoting the development of openly accessible environmental information at all levels. The Directive 2003/4/EC on Access to Environmental Information, and the European Spatial Data Infrastructure Directive INSPIRE-2007/2/EC set the legal framework on the subject.

The number of systems, tools, databases, and repositories, as result of this active promotion is substantial. These systems have however been developed for specific uses and purposes. This means, they differ appreciably in anticipated use, type of user addressed, complexity, connectivity, usability, completeness, quality, and other aspects. In addition, the legal obligation to report and monitor throughout the full environmental domain is showing a scattered landscape of different environmental management information systems linked to specifications of the regulatory framework. Since these information systems are intended for common use to support the environmental acquis, aligning these data would be a major benefit.

The challenge is to retrieve information on environmental data scattered about different locations and systems, and to assess examples of best practice of active dissemination of environmental information. And also to explore, develop and test tools for data harvesting and data mining in an effective way to collect environmental data and information.

Figure 1: Streamlining data flows & improving information management

Figure 1: Streamlining data flows & improving information management

During the project a series of workshops will be organised. These workshops will be the main interaction with Member State experts and other interested stakeholders/experts. In the workshops interim results of this project will be presented and, even more important, the stakeholders will be consulted.

 

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Currently the next workshops are scheduled.

The third and last workshop will take place on 11 and 12 December 2018 at JRC in Ispra. it is a 1,5-day workshop starting in the afternoon of the 11th december. In this workshop we will present the draft results of the project in three major parts. Good practices and examples showing this, also converted to guidance to improve and or create systems to actively disseminate environmental information. Next we present an overview of developments in technology that will support to extract environmental information available in distributed systems. The last major part will be show how technology already might be used retrieve environmental information in addition to what should be reported to the commission. Since we know that you as stakeholder are also aware of recent developments in the field we will ask you to comment on our findings and add where you think we overlooked promising developments

First workshop February 8, in Brussels

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