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Design of the shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and development of a web-based GIS interface

By Marc Bonazountas, Giacomo Martirano, Tim Camilleri and Anestis Trypitsidis


Chapter 5The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is a collaborative initiative of\ud the European Commission (EC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) aimed to\ud establish an integrated and shared EU-wide environmental information system together\ud with the Member States.\ud SEIS presents the European vision on environmental information interoperability. It is\ud a set of high-level principles & workflow-processes that organize the collection, exchange,\ud and use of environmental data & information aimed to:\ud • Modernise the way in which information required by environmental legislation is\ud made available to member states or EC instruments;\ud • Streamline reporting processes and repeal overlaps or obsolete reporting obligations;\ud • Stimulate similar developments at international conventions;\ud • Standardise according to INSPIRE when possible; and\ud • Introduce the SDI (spatial database infrastructure) principle EU-wide.\ud SEIS is a system and workflow of operations that offers technical capabilities geared to\ud meet concept expectations. In that respect, SEIS shows the way and sets up the workflow\ud effectively in a standardise way (e.g, INSPIRE) to:\ud • Collect Data from Spatial Databases, in situ sensors, statistical databases, earth\ud observation readings (e.g., EOS, GMES), marine observation using standard data\ud transfer protocols (ODBC, SOS, ft p, etc).\ud • Harmonise collected data (including data check/data integrity) according to best\ud practices proven to perform well, according to the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC\ud (1) Annexes I: II: III: plus INSPIRE Implementation Rules for data not specified in\ud above mentioned Annexes.\ud • Harmonise collected data according to WISE (Water Information System from\ud Europe) or Ozone-web.\ud • Process, aggregate harmonise data so to extract information in a format understandable\ud by wider audiences (e.g., Eurostat, enviro-indicators).\ud • Document information to fulfi l national reporting obligations towards EU bodies\ud (e.g., the JRC, EEA, DGENV, Eurostat)\ud • Store and publish information for authorised end-users (e.g., citizens, institutions).\ud This paper presents the development and integration of the SEIS-Malta Geoportal.\ud The first section outlines EU Regulations on INSPIRE and Aarhus Directives. The second\ud covers the architecture and the implementation of SEIS-Malta Geoportal. The third\ud discusses the results and successful implementation of the Geoportal.peer-reviewe

Topics: Information storage and retrieval systems -- Environmental sciences -- European Union countries, Environmental sciences -- Data processing, Geographic information systems -- European Union countries
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Social Wellbeing
Year: 2014
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Provided by: OAR@UM

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