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EEA-USEPA Research linkages meeting September 23, 2004. Setting the scene: The Research and Environmental Policy Context What is the challenge?. The Office of Environmental Information and The Office of Research and Development. Meeting Objectives.

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Eea usepa research linkages meeting september 23 2004

EEA-USEPA Research linkages meeting

September 23, 2004

Setting the scene: The Research and Environmental Policy Context What is the challenge?

The Office of Environmental Information andThe Office of Research and Development


Meeting objectives

Meeting Objectives

  • Support coherent policy/decision making in crosscutting environment and sustainability issues by

  • Identifying research areas & linkages of common interest, and

  • Pursuing joint implementation, coordination and dissemination, under the ECOinformatics initiative.


Setting the scene the research and environmental policy context what is the challenge

Access,

Services

^

Capacity

Building

^

Forecasts

^

Indicators

^

>

Increasing

Sources

Of Data

v

v

v

Data To Useful Information

v

>


It s all about ecoinformatics

IT’S ALL ABOUT . . . . . . . . . ! ! ! ! ! . . . . ECOINFORMATICS . . . . ????

26 January 2010

Gary J. Foley, PhD

Co-Chair, GEO User Interface Committee

Earth Observation Systems Executive

Senior Advisor to the EPA Chief Scientist

Office of the Science Advisor, EPA


It s all about decision making

It’s All About Decision-Making

EPA makes decisions, requires some through regulations & policies to make decisions, and enables/empowers many to make voluntary decisions.

Accountability starts with improved decision-making and ends with metrics showing the resulting Societal Benefits

Research improves decision support tools and delivers data/information systems


It s starts and ends with the users i e the decision makers

It’s Starts and Ends with the Usersi.e. the Decision-Makers

It starts with the engagement of a “spectrum” of relevant Users (decision-makers) to learn about what they do and what could help them do it better

It ends with feedback from the Users on whether decision-making improved and the anticipated impacts/benefits were realized


The spectrum of users

THE SPECTRUM OF USERS

Earth observations & earth system models

Data-to-Information archiving & services

Decision support tool development

Decision making

Assessment of benefits

Earth system scientists and modelers

Earth system service providers

Environmental process modelers & researchers

Policy Makers & Environmental managers

Public officials, advocacy groups & the Public

User requirements well known

From observations systems

Not aware that observational Requirements are even needed

To societal benefits


It s starts and ends with the users i e the decision makers1

It’s Starts and Ends with the Usersi.e. the Decision-Makers

It starts with the engagement of a “spectrum” of relevant Users (decision-makers) to learn about what they do and what could help them do it better

It ends with feedback from the Users on whether decision-making improved and the anticipated impacts/benefits were realized


Communities of practice are

Communities of practice are…

Groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic by interacting on an ongoing basis

Etienne Wenger

Richard McDermott

Bill Snyder

Cultivating Communities of Practice, Harvard Business School Press, 2002


A geoss users community of practice

A GEOSS Users Community of Practice

The Public &

Public Officials


What are the missing pieces

What are the Missing Pieces?

  • Let’s use AirNOW as one “case study”

  • Let’s use the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) as another “case study”


About airnow

Observations

Media

Data

AIRNow

Data

Management

Center

Decision

Makers

and

Public

120+ State and Local Air Agencies

Internet

Maps and Forecasts

Forecasts

About AIRNow

  • Began in 1997

  • Funded by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Diverse stakeholder community

    • Federal, state, provincial, tribal and local air agencies (120+)

    • Scientific and health research organizations (15+)

    • Media and public outreach groups (30+)

  • Education and outreach

  • Substantial growth and data exchange

  • International activities

1997

2007


Airnow products

AIRNow Products

  • Real-time, hourly maps and data

  • Forecasts (300+ cities)

  • News stories, e.g. wildfires

  • Web cams (air quality)

  • Seasonal air comparisons


Airnow s human side

AIRNow’s “Human Side”

It’s not just a system, it’s a community

  • Annual conference

  • Regional cooperation

  • Daily interaction with stakeholders

  • Support during air quality events, emergencies

  • Leveraging state, local, and federal resources by collecting and distributing data back to partners, as well as to media outlets


From airnow to geoss

From AIRNow to GEOSS

  • The AIRNow experience has taught us several lessons

    • Community is KEY – 40% technology, 60% people

    • The public wants environmental information, but depends upon the community to interpret it

    • The community provides the context that lies between the data and the public, e.g. Shanghai pilot


A vision of geoss for air quality decisionmakers

Data Needs

Ambient Meteorology

Emissions Models

Satellite

A vision of GEOSS for Air Quality Decisionmakers

Decision Makers

Policy maker assessing intercontinental transport

AQ manager assessing an exceptional event

Public planning activities today and tomorrow

Decision-makers depend on common observations and data


Three characteristics are crucial

Three characteristics are crucial:

  • “A group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

    Etienne Wenger

  • Domain . . . the concern, interest or passion

  • Community . . . who value the interactions, often practitioners

  • Practice . . . sharing familiar experiences, building a shared knowledge and learning


Usability testing and the gci

Usability Testing and the GCI

  • Almost no one was testing the three GEO Portals and the GCI – WHY?

  • Usability testing was sponsored by the UIC at ISRSE-33, via webex, at GEO-VI and at ESIP Winter meeting

  • Almost 250 testers; good feedback

  • Reports to the IOC, the Portal Providers and the ADC with feedback


The spectrum of users1

THE SPECTRUM OF USERS

Earth observations & earth system models

Data-to-Information archiving & services

Decision support tool development

Decision making

Assessment of benefits

Earth system scientists and modelers

Earth system service providers

Environmental process modelers & researchers

Policy Makers & Environmental managers

Public officials, advocacy groups and the Public

From observations

Requirements well known

NOVICE USERS

Not aware that observational Requirements are even needed

To societal benefits


The novice user

The “Novice” User

science-to-policy analysts, decision makers, public officials, & the public

working/interested in specific issues that fall within one or more SBAs

not SOA- or GEOSS-experienced

looking for any and all observational data relevant to their issues

want to easily find it and view it


The novice user1

The “Novice” User

For the Novice User, EPA believes

The GEOSS Common Infrastructure is not YET user friendly

Metadata is important, but not useful

Components (data/services) need to provide sample data sets for easy viewing geographically


Geoss ontology missing

GEOSS Ontology – Missing!

  • Searches using the Portals do not work!

  • The Standards underpinning the GCI did not include using a standardized ontology/vocabulary/thesaurus-based set of keywords

  • The components, services and clearing-houses are not search engine friendly


Geoss registries

GEOSS Registries

UDDI

ebRS

CSW

Web UI

Web UI

SRU

EXISTING

GEOSS

Standards

GEOSS

Components

GEOSS Special Arrangements

GEOSS

Services

may

become

reference

offer

expose

nominate

U.S.A.

IEEE

NEW

USER

Requirements

GEO Task

US-09-01a

Gathering

Observational

Priorities

UIC

USER

Types

Who are they?

USER

Applications

What do they do?

User Engagement

EPA/NASA/IEEE/ECMWF/ERG/U Nevada


User engagement registries

USER ENGAGEMENT Registries

UDDI

ebRS

CSW

Web UI

Web UI

SRU

EXISTING

GEOSS

Standards

GEOSS

Components

GEOSS Special Arrangements

GEOSS

Services

may

become

reference

offer

expose

nominate

U.S.A.

IEEE

NEW

USER

Requirements

GEO Task

US-09-01a

Gathering

Observational

Priorities

USER-FRIENDLY

GCI ENTRY POINT

UIC

USER

Types

Who are they?

USER

Applications

What do they do?

User Engagement

EPA/NASA/IEEE/ECMWF/ERG/U Nevada


A vision of geoss for air quality decisionmakers1

Data Needs

Ambient Meteorology

Emissions Models

Satellite

A vision of GEOSS for Air Quality Decisionmakers

Decision Makers

Policy maker assessing intercontinental transport

AQ manager assessing an exceptional event

Public planning activities today and tomorrow

Decision-makers depend on common observations and data


It s all about

It’s All About . . . .

  • Decision Making, i.e . . . .

  • Engaging the “Novice” User

  • A User-friendly “engaging” GCI entry point

  • Building a Community . . . Supports DMs

  • Understanding “Decision Support”

  • An Information Delivery System > Maps/GIS

  • Based on a GEOSS Ontology, etc.

  • Regular usabilitiy testing and feedback


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