3rd Workshop 11-12 December

3rd workshop on Environmental Information Systems

Note: the workshop has already been passed

Date: December 11 and 12, 2018,
Venue: Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Via Enrico Fermi, 2749, I – 21027 Ispra (VA) Italia

Are you involved in active dissemination of environmental information? This workshop needs your input and you are invited to join!

This workshop is designed according to the principles and requirements of the project ‘Promotion of good practices for national environmental information systems and tools for data harvesting at EU level’. The project has started in October 2017 and is supported by the Commission under framework contract ENV.D.4/FRA/2016/0003. Its main purpose is to explore means to retrieve environmental information from existing European Environmental Information Systems (EIS) which are around. If environmental information becomes more easily available or is better accessible, you as a stakeholder can better inform yourself. This will be beneficial not only for you, but also for the general public, business and public authorities. The project also aims at minimizing the efforts to report the same information more than once.

Why attend the workshop?

Since the results of this work can assist you in your day to day work, your participation is important to bring in ideas and feedback to shape the final result of the project. This is the third workshop of three, all held in 2018.

In the first workshop we had a closer look on ‘Environmental Information Systems’, any website or portal providing information on the environment. This workshop has set the boundaries for the work in the project by focusing on ‘What EISs are around?’ and ‘What defines a good EIS?’ An inventory of all EISs around in Europe has been presented and additions have been made. The second workshop we focused on what the most important criteria are to evaluate good practices and to translate this into guidelines. In the last 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.


The program will cover the results we have in this project. It contains all elements which are used to set up the demonstrator, current practice, the environmnetal tool box, and impact. The demonstrator is a very first product that supports in retrieving environmental information EU-wide. The workshop will be built on three main parts:

  1. Good practices: we will show an overview on what is evaluated in the Member States, how this relates to another, what is the governance structure and, most important, show guidance on how to improve systems that are around to actively disseminate environmental information
  2. From the systems around in the Member States a lot of information already can be extracted, harvested. There are many ways to extract this information and new technologies can help to do the work. What are these technologies, how did we already include this in the Demonstrator, the environmental support toolbox
  3. As a starting point we identified the user needs for certain target groups and tried to describe typical scenarios (use cases) to design the MVP. This is an important step to start from a user point of view to see what is needed. As will be shown we do not try to invent the wheel once again, but use existing ideas and tools. The added value will be bringing this together, integrate and tailor this to fit the purpose. Since this is just a start we would like to invite the participants here to discuss what could be the impact. We present also for that purpose the road ahead to stimulate and also think ahead on potential possible future use.


Draft program


Draft program


Tuesday December 11, 2018


Transport from hotel to JRC and registration for the workshop


Lunch JRC



Welcome, introductory round & introduction

Vlado Cetl

Adam Nagy

Jandirk Bulens


Warming up session combined with

Introduction to the project and program workshop

  1. Project based on introducing the demonstrator
  2. Line of working this workshop

Jandirk Bulens


Part 1 Evaluation good practices and guidance

Wies Vullings


Coffee break


Break-out session1: active dissemination

  1. Governance
  2. Guidance


Sharing results break-out sessions


Closure day 1 Transport to the hotel

Jandirk Bulens


Social dinner Hotel (grand palace Varese tbc)


Wednesday December 12, 2018


Transport from hotel to JRC


Program today, summary of day 1 and overview of today

Jandirk Bulens


Part 2: The demonstrator, an environmental support tool

  1. Harvesting
  2. design of the tool

Onno Roosenschoon


Break-out sessions 2

  1. under the hood of the demonstrator


Coffee break


Sharing break-out results


Part 3 Impact and the road ahead (I)

  1. what is achieved in the project?
    1. Where did we start off: support in Env information access and use, lowering the burden to report, ..
  2. future developments and timeline?
  3. Possible challenges
    1. Technical, organizational, legal, usability, use on EU & National level,

Jandirk Bulens

Wies Vullings




Part 3 Impact and the road ahead (II)

  1. what are possible consequences? (Quality, legal usability?)
  2. impact: weaknesses, strengths, threats and opportunities
  3. do we have to change our mind set?


Sharing break-out results


Discussion and Feedback ‘Commission’ on the workshop results


Wrapping up results and closure

Jandirk Bulens,

Adam Nagy