COBWEB Project
Citizens Observatories Side Event,
GEO-X Plenary, Geneva, Switzerland.
15th Jan, 2014
Chris Higgins
Project...
Citizen Observatory Web

• 4 year research project
• Crowdsourced environmental data to aid
decision making
• Introduce qu...
Project Partners
Essential context – WNBR

• UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes
World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR)
– Sites of exce...
COBWEB Biosphere Reserves

UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi
– Development work
concentrated here

• Germany: Wadden See and Halli...
What are we going to build?

A number of demonstrator mobile phone
applications
– Exactly what, deliberately left open and...
Requirements driving architecture
Emerging Architecture
Making data available through GEOSS

• Data will be available via OGC Web Services,
eg, WFS, WMS, SOS
• Discoverable via C...
Technology that can be used by other observatories

• “Data collected should be made available
through the GEOSS without a...
WP5: Privacy assurance, access management

• COBWEB about environmental, not
personal data
• Some kinds of protected data ...
Why put effort into federated access management?

• Frequently, SDI content and service
providers need to know who is acce...
COBWEB/GEOSS AIP-6 Federation

Service Provider (SP)

Discovery Service (DS)
Catapult
Catapult

Identity Provider (IdP)

T...
Where we are in the project…

• Month 15 of 48
• November 2013: Milestone 2:
– End of design and initial stakeholder
engag...
Dimensions of Interoperability

From the European Interoperability Framework for Pan-European eGovernment Services
(http:/...
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Presented by Chris Higgins at the Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X), 15-16 January 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Month 15 of 48
    This is a research project and debate within consortium about whether we will produce production strength outputs or not
    Concept of citizen science very relevant here
  • Ask if anyone knows of any history here. Don’t want to reinvent the wheel
  • Most progress to date in 2.
  • Top down, bottom up approach
  • Using an RM-ODP approach
  • Quotes round privacy
  • Mobile related
  • Not just SDI, many kinds of information infrastructure require access control
    Typically, authentication is a pre-requisite. Some use cases where you don’t, eg, public
    Barriers to interoperability include; cost, vendor lock-in, lack of a support community, not standards based, etc
    Return later to those last points
    Can AMF’s meet COBWEB requirements for privacy?
    Do AMF’s meet GEOSS requirements?
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    1. 1. COBWEB Project Citizens Observatories Side Event, GEO-X Plenary, Geneva, Switzerland. 15th Jan, 2014 Chris Higgins Project Coordinator chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk http://cobwebproject.eu/
    2. 2. Citizen Observatory Web • 4 year research project • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making • Introduce quality measures and reduce uncertainty • Combine crowdsourced data with existing sources of data
    3. 3. Project Partners
    4. 4. Essential context – WNBR • UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) – Sites of excellence to foster harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participation, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction and human well-being improvements, cultural values and society's ability to cope with change, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals • 610 reserves in 117 countries
    5. 5. COBWEB Biosphere Reserves UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi – Development work concentrated here • Germany: Wadden See and Hallig Islands • Greece: Mount Olympus & Gorge of Samaria • Left open possibility of expansion to further BRs later in project
    6. 6. What are we going to build? A number of demonstrator mobile phone applications – Exactly what, deliberately left open and subject to discussion with stakeholders 3 pilot case study areas: 1. Validating earth observation products 2. Biological monitoring 3. Flooding
    7. 7. Requirements driving architecture
    8. 8. Emerging Architecture
    9. 9. Making data available through GEOSS • Data will be available via OGC Web Services, eg, WFS, WMS, SOS • Discoverable via CSW • Will continue working within the context of the Architecture Implementation Pilots (AIP) – AIP-6: COBWEB contribution concentrated on authentication and Single Sign On – Some possibilities for future AIP collaboration: • • Address additional access control questions identified by GEO community Perhaps work within context of specific SBA’s
    10. 10. Technology that can be used by other observatories • “Data collected should be made available through the GEOSS without any restrictions” • But, we must address “questions of privacy…” • In AIP-6 we piloted the use of access management federations
    11. 11. WP5: Privacy assurance, access management • COBWEB about environmental, not personal data • Some kinds of protected data that may be encountered during the project: – Personal information, eg, name, email address – Location protected species – Reference data from European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies – Conflated data
    12. 12. Why put effort into federated access management? • Frequently, SDI content and service providers need to know who is accessing their valuable resource • The ability for a group of organisations with common objectives, ie, a federation, to securely exchange high value information is a powerful SDI enabler • Identified as a priority in GEOSS – Architecture Implementation Pilot 5 – GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board
    13. 13. COBWEB/GEOSS AIP-6 Federation Service Provider (SP) Discovery Service (DS) Catapult Catapult Identity Provider (IdP) Trust Gateway (TG) to OpenID CUAHSI* CUAHSI* NASA Ames NASA Ames Secure Dimensions Secure Dimensions “GEOSS user” SingleSign-On MEEO MEEO EarthServer (FP7) project EarthServer (FP7) project Google Google OpenId OpenId Kst. GDI.DE Kst. GDI.DE University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh *: Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science
    14. 14. Where we are in the project… • Month 15 of 48 • November 2013: Milestone 2: – End of design and initial stakeholder engagement phase. Start implementing platform • November 2014: Milestone 3: – First Welsh demonstrator completed and ready for testing in the field chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk
    15. 15. Dimensions of Interoperability From the European Interoperability Framework for Pan-European eGovernment Services (http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/servlets/Docb0db.pdf?id=31597)
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