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Current and future SEIS based ICT solutions – related to eReporting, INSPIRE and the SOER process. Stefan Jensen, Head of group Workshop on future trends in Environmental Reporting – at Swedish EPA Stockholm, 30.10.2013. Outline. Some E uropean policy framework

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Current and future SEIS based ICT solutions

related to eReporting, INSPIRE and the SOER process

Stefan Jensen, Head of groupWorkshop on future trends in Environmental Reporting – at Swedish EPA Stockholm, 30.10.2013


Outline

Some European policy framework

a) SEIS and SIIFs - drivers for the evolution of eReporting

b) SEIS and INSPIRE implementation - potentials of a technical framework to foster interoperability and harmonisation

c) SEIS, SENSE and SOER - tools for deeper integration with EEA member countries


SEIS and related EU policy instruments

SEIS communication 1/2008 >>>

vision, background, principles

c) SEIS staff working paper 6/2012

(EU internal) >>> re-inforcement,

guidance and priority setting

b) Communication on better implementation 03/2012 >>> policy relevance through Structured Information and Implementation Frameworks (SIIFs)


SEIS implementation outlook – shortcomings

  • Quality of data and information

  • lack of comparability in the information provided by the Member States

  • scale of the data and the level of detail in the assessments

  • Data flows and information systems

  • Where the public at large is concerned

  • Not suited to the needs

  • Not enough flexibility, not enough feedback possibilities

  • Where the Member States and local authorities are concerned

  • better adress cross-border environmental issues

  • improved ways to find data and information needed

  • Data redundnacy – not folling SEIS principles

  • Where the Commission is concerned

  • More timely access in support of policy proposals

  • Better monitoring of implementation of legislation

  • Better disemmination through more open source powered solutions


SEIS implementation outlook – priorities

  • Assessing (and support the improvement of)

  • the current capacities within the Member States

  • (e.g. Copernicus GISC, EMODNET, GEO projects)

  • Streamlining EU reporting requirements towards fully on-line reporting

  • (e.g. WISE, BISE, SENSE, eReporting systems)

  • Improving public access to environment information

  • (EU open data strategy, strengthen EU environmental data centres)

  • Improving public participation in the collection and dissemination

  • of environment data and information

  • (e.g. review of PSI directive)

  • Promoting and assessing the implementation of

  • the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe Directive

  • (Review INSPIRE – a core architecture for SEIS)


Outline

Some European policy framework

a) SEIS and SIIFs - drivers for the evolution of eReporting

b) SEIS and INSPIRE implementation - potentials of a technical framework to foster interoperability and harmonisation

c) SEIS, SENSE and SOER - tools for deeper integration with EEA member countries


3 concept for a new uwwtd reporting assessment and information system
3: Concept for a new UWWTD reporting, assessment and information system

SIIF Principles

Keep up to date (free to update their national systems when data become available)

Look forward (from assessing non-compliance of the past to future actions on getting into compliance)

Reduce burden (reducing reporting for areas in compliance, focusing on non-compliance)

Develop step-by-step (development of a modular approach)

  • Focus on compliance(implementation/compliance)

  • Ensuretransparency(publicallyavailableandaccessible)

  • Decentralise (fromcentralisedtodistributedinformationsystems)

  • Self-assess(EU-MS carry out a compliance assessment themselves)


Consolidating the data models information system

Tabular data:

thematic attributes incl.

compliance data

Reference data / layers:

Spatial data – INSPIRE

conformance

- UWWT plants,

discharge points

- agglomerations

- sensitive areas

Example: simplified reference data:


Data structure and IT system information system

Guiding principles:

Flexibility, decentral maintenance, more up-to-date

data and information

Implemented through:

Common structure to use for integrated work in WISE

> reference data, INSPIRE data models

Use of standardised, distributed services

> INSPIRE network services (WMS, WFS)


SIIF using distributed services – the simple picture information system

holds relationship between National WFS services and EU base layers / EU SIIF node

national SIIF nodes

EU SIIF node

UWWTD

Data viewer

2nd generation

WFS

WFS

WFS

Broker / Harvester

UWWTD

Viewer

integration view

WFS

WFS

WMS

WFS

WFS

REST WS

Discomap

REST services

reference maps


SIIF using distributed services – the experiment part 1 information system

holds relationship between National WFS services and EU base layers / EU SIIF node

national SIIF nodes

EU SIIF node

WFS

Broker / Harvester

UWWTD

Viewer

integration view

WFS

WFS

REST WS

Discomap

REST services

reference maps


The European SIIF node – WFS/WMS „experiment“ – reference data

EEA starts providing INSPIRE conformant network services

http://inspire.discomap.eea.europa.eu/arcgis/rest/services


The European SIIF node – WFS/WMS „experiment“ – reference data

UWWT

plant

info

related catchment

Info

UWWT

discharge point

info

... and more


SIIF using distributed services – the experiment part 2 reference data

holds relationship between National WFS services and EU base layers / EU SIIF node

national SIIF nodes

EU SIIF node

WFS

FR data

WFS

Broker / Harvester

HANDCODED

UWWTD

Viewer

integration view

WMS

WFS

WFS

Discomap

REST services

reference maps


The National SIIF node - WFS „experiment“ – FR data reference data

2: Next, we choose the dataset. In this case: ”http://inspire.discomap.eea.europa.eu:80/arcgis/services/SIIF_UWWTD_INSPIRE_WM/MapServer/WFSServe”

After that, we click on ”Parameters...” button and a large form appears. On this form we have to choose the Feature type.

1: We choose the reader format ”WFS (Web Feature Service)”.

Next we choose the dataset. The easiest way to do is to introduce the complete url

with the requested feature in the WFS.

For example: “http://www.uwwtd.oieau.fr:80/services/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&VERSION=1%2E1%2E0&REQUEST=DescribeFeatureType&TYPENAME=UWWTD%3AUWWTD%5FUrbanWasteWaterTreatmentPlant

3.- 6. .... Special configurations

7: One result

....

As of 23.10.2013 - 15:00 - for trial

WFS GetCapabilities

http://www.uwwtd.oieau.fr/services/wfs/?service=WFS&version=1.1.0&request=GetCapabilities


Issues encountered reference data

Distinction compliance information / thematic data /

(spatial) reference data needs more clarification

Availablility of web services not a given

> sustainable effort for national SIIF node?

Configuration of WFS needs som expertise

> extra guidance needed

Cost of maintaining the system – who covers what?


Scenario 1 (full reference data WFS / evt. WMS based)

National SIIF node provides WFS in agreed format – covering all spatial data –

both, thematic and INSPIRE data elements in the following alternative forms

(i) complete – all data renewed at each update event

(ii) updates only – a) the new data added, old data kept

EU SIIF nodes loads full data from harvester/broker and updates regularily

depending on option (i) or (ii)

Parts of EU wide reference data set in EU SIIF node are replaced by

National SIIF node data („cookie cutting approach“)


Scenario 1 (full reference data WFS / evt. WMS based)

MS SIIF node -

full national

spatial data

incl. attribute

data

SDI

(i) only or

updated by (ii)

EU SIIF node -

reference data

partly

replaced /

updated by

country data

EU SIIF node -

EU reference data


Scenario 2 (hybrid) reference data

a) National SIIF node provides WFS in agreed format – covering only often changing

tabular data and or additional compliance data – link through spatial object/ID

National SIIF node provides updates to their reference data manually to Reportnet

EU SIIF node updates EU reference data sets in regular intervals

b) EU SIIF nodes loads this partial data – as done previously – into harvester/broker

and updates regularily

Reference data sets in EU SIIF node are complemented by National SIIF node data

(„add-on approach“), proper versioning is needed

GREEN = current approach


Scenario reference data 2 (hybrid)

ID linkage

a)

ID linkage

National SIIF node –

partial / dynamic attribute data

with enhanced

QA/QCfunctions

update x

integrated version x and y

b)

Manual update –

ETC/EEA QA/QC

National SIIF node –

more stable spatial reference data

update y


Scenario 3 (current – extended Reportnet ) reference data

National node provides all data manually to Reportnet

National node informs / Reportnet+ checks availability of new data

The entire dataset is exchanged

Only updates are been exchanged

b) EU node manually updates member state data and

EU reference data sets in regular intervals (maintain versioning)

GREEN = current approach

BLUE = Reportnet development scenario


Scenario reference data 3 (extended Reportnet)

MS node -

full national

spatial data

incl. attribute

Data (both i

and ii option)

provided into

Reportnet

EU node -

Reportnet +

Reportnet

a)

initial

QA/QC functions

b) Manual update – ETC/EEA QA/QC

version n

version n+1


Way forward reference data

Conclude on concept validation

review lessons learnt from experiments (”mock-ups”)

> evt. conduct more in-depth experiments

Move from mock-up to first implementation steps

> provide full data modelling (thematic vs. INSPIRE)

> consider cost implications

> build functional system prototype incl. pilot countries


Outline reference data

Some European policy framework

a) SEIS and SIIFs - drivers for the evolution of eReporting

b) SEIS and INSPIRE implementation - potentials of a technical framework to foster interoperability and harmonisation

c) SEIS, SENSE and SOER - tools for deeper integration with EEA member countries


Where is INSPIRE on data specifications reference data (slide from 6/2012)

  • The implementaion rules related Annex II and III specifications became very generic

  • For reporting data use cases, the principle was followed to keep thematic details outside

  • Many environmental themes are spread across Annex III specifications

  • Maintenance discussion still at the very beginning

  • Future support to codelists / registries of special interest to EEA


S reference data upporting INSPIRE content/infrastructure (slide from 2012)

  • Provide selected environmental use cases to the data specification work

  • Contribute expertise on environmental data to the data specification work

  • Identify potential European reference data sets for maintenance

  • EEA SDI catalogue operational since late 2011


Identify and build INSPIRE data models, reference data

reference data, work on INSPIRE conformance

Fresh water

River basin (sub)districts

Flood risk zones

... (tbc)

Urban Waste Water

Sensitive areas

Agglomerations

Plants and discharge points

Marine

Maps of marine (sub)regions

Coastal and marine waterbodies

European coastline

Marine assessment units

Noise

tbc

Natur and biodiversity

CDDA (designated areas)

...

Land

Corine land cover

Industrie Emmission Directives

tbc

Airquality

14 reference layers to be built

and integrated


INSPIRE data themes and MSFD reference data

Presentation by Cecilia Silvestri, ISPRA at INSPIRE Conference 2013


Way forward reference data

  • Working plan and principles

  • Stepwise implementation

  • „Learning by doing“

  • Based on thematic interest and needs

  • Based on milestones coming from reporting obligations

  • Building data models, data sets and services

  • Involving EIONET in stages, establish action list for work with EIONET

  • Capacity building through EIONET NRC EIS and other networks (e.g. INSPIRE MIG) and tools (e.g INSPIRE FORUM)


Outline reference data

Some European policy framework

a) SEIS and SIIFs - drivers for the evolution of eReporting

b) SEIS and INSPIRE implementation - potentials of a technical framework to foster interoperability and harmonisation

c) SEIS, SENSE and SOER - tools for deeper integration with EEA member countries


SENSE: Shortly recap the project aims reference data

  • Support thematic experts in connecting existing indicator specifications and assessment at European, national and sub-national level

  • Support technical experts in advancing the technological infrastructure (continue to rely on Semantic Web/Linked Data technology)

  • Facilitate the collaboration between the two communities mentioned above in order to ensure the handshake between thematic desires and technical capabilities

  • Support input to SOER 2015 and beyond


SENSE: Shortly reference data recap the project activities

  • Capacity Building: training on indicator concept and model, as well as infrastructural capabilities and capacities

  • Contribution to pan-European Reporting: thematic and technical mapping of indicator components, and agreement on the overall technical approach

  • Testing: further exploiting new possibilities for sharing SOE information.

  • Evaluation: evaluating the outcomes and viability of approaches used to support future SOE reporting


Relations to indicator work and SOER reference data 2015

SYN

A

B

C

Synthesis

& Derivatives

Thematic SOE summaries

Country-levelSOE summaries

Global Megatrends

Static information

Synthesis report

11 GMT fiches

20-30 thematic fiches

39 country fiches

2012

2013

2014

FLIS

IMS / CSI

SENSE

3 indicator reports & stakeholder workshops

8 to 37 indicators

11 to 44 indicators

37 to 200 indicators

Dynamic information

FLIS

?

Reportnet

(incl. PDF, ...)

Eionet(incl. SERIS)

?

Signals 2015 and other derivatives



SENSE3 as support project to SOER 2015 reference data

Currently in EEA and Eionet consultation

Kick-off in September 2013

Scheduled next project steps


Draft set of indicators to work on* reference data

X

* currently in NFP/EIONET

consultation

X – 3 out of 8 also tested in SENSE2

X

X

SENSE2 indicators

SENSE3 indicators


Actual situation reference data

Indicator availability and structure in countries extremely heterogenious (finding from SENSE2 project)

A common indicator definition is pending (maybe even unlikely)

> EEA needs to come forward with indicator needs for SOER2015 (now in progress)*

Key interest of countries lies in capacity building

Readiness of some countries to participate in “experiments”

Suggested experiments

a) An enhanced SENSE2-type indicator submission using slightly revised schemas

b) An enhanced RDF-based indicator exchange based on VOID/RDF allowing the usage of attractive visualisation tools

c) A metadata-based (non-RDF) submission of (indicator related) data using the DCAT format as used in the EU open data portal

Situation and Way forward


Summary reference data

Thank you for your attention and for a fruitful discussion


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