First workshop on Environmental Information Systems
February 8, 2018, Brussels
The workshop was attended by almost 50 particpants, the list is published here (use the particpant login to access). The workshop was the first workshop of a series of three. It focussed on three main questions for discussion:
- What EISs are around?
- What does define a good EIS?
- What will be the user requirements to retrieve useful information from the EISs?
In the full day workshop there were presentations by 4 Member States (see this page) and break-out sessions with a lively discussion on the topics presented. The results are useful for the project team to continue the work. The report of the workshop will be published as soon as it is ready.
On posters the list of EISs found so far in Europe were presented. Feedback on the list is processed and we published for each country on this website The list is still open for additions which can be entered in the survey (link below on this page).
Good practices Environmental Information Systems (EIS): setting the scene and types or categories of EISs.
The project team is collecting information on EISs in Europe and set out a survey to the stakeholders to collect a long list of EISs in Europe Since there are many varieties of EISs we came up with a high-level categorization in three different types all covering one and preferable more environmental domains:
- Environmental information portals. Portals that focus on presenting the information as a ‘full story’ meaning the information is presented in visualized maps and graphs based on data. These portals provide a description of the findings in text targeted at specific stakeholders varying form citizens (laymen) up the professional experts.
- Data portals containing data sets for viewing and preferable also for downloading. This can be research infrastructures, national (open) data (geo)portals covering many different domains
- Discovery portals presenting registries and/or catalogues of data by use of metadata of the data preferable using standards for describing datasets (ISO19115, Dublin core, DCAT and the like). The portals provide means to search (on metadata elements) and/or explore data (maps and/or tables/listings)
In the workshop the first results of the inventory and some preliminary stats and review/discuss the results and the categorisation are presented.
Criteria to assess the performance of EISs
In order to find and describe good practices, criteria need to be set. In the fitness check and various other documents and projects criteria are mentioned, such as effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, EU-added value and relevance. These criteria are collected and are used assessing different types of EISs. The outcomes help to create guidelines to create and/or improve new and current EISs. In the workshop we present our findings of the criteria from a desk research and like to discuss with the participant to come to a prioritized list of criteria useful to include in the guidance document.
As preparation for the first workshop, you are most welcome to fill in the questionnaire as your contribution is crucial for the success of the project.