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 second workshop will take place on 3 and 4 September at the EEA in Copenhagen. It is a 2-days workshop with a focus on guidelines to create/improve Environmnetal Informations Systems (websites) to support the regular tasks on the EU-lvel. One of the goals is if this can contribute to the monitoring and eReporting obligations of the Member States and to what extent this can lower the burden of reporting. In the workshop we will ask the particpnats to contribute in evaluating ofthe presented work fits within their needs and further improvements can be achieved

The third and last workshop will take place on 11 and 12 December 2018 at JRC in Ispra. it is a 1-day workshop (afternoon and morning) where the draft results of the project are presented and discussed

First workshop February 8, in Brussels

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