COBWEB Project
Citizens’ Science and Smart Cities Summit,
JRC, Ispra, Italy.
5th Feb, 2014
Chris Higgins
Project Coordinat...
The brief…

• Explore the interoperability and reusability of
data across citizen-centred projects (technical,
organizatio...
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...
Making data available through GEOSS

• Data will be available via OGC Web
Services, eg, WFS, WMS, SOS
• Discoverable via C...
GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilots (AIP)

• One of the means by which GEOSS
addresses interoperability issues and
GE...
Technology that could be reused

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

• COBWEB about environmental, not
personal data
• Some kinds of protected data ...
Dimensions of Interoperability

From the European Interoperability Framework for Pan-European eGovernment Services
(http:/...
Where we are in the project…

• Month 16 of 48 – still some flexibility
• November 2013: Milestone 2:
– End of design and ...
COBWEB (presentation from Citizens’ Science and Smart Cities Summit) - Chris Higgins
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Presentation given at the Citizens’ Science and Smart Cities Summit hosted by the JRC at Ispra, Italy, on 5th Feb, 2014.

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COBWEB (presentation from Citizens’ Science and Smart Cities Summit) - Chris Higgins

  1. 1. COBWEB Project Citizens’ Science and Smart Cities Summit, JRC, Ispra, Italy. 5th Feb, 2014 Chris Higgins Project Coordinator chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk http://cobwebproject.eu/
  2. 2. The brief… • Explore the interoperability and reusability of data across citizen-centred projects (technical, organizational, legal perspectives), • The relationships between Smart Cities and Citizen-centred projects, • The interoperability with official data infrastructures, such as the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) of which JRC is the technical coordinator.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Project Partners
  5. 5. 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 • Seville criteria means modern reserves have to encompass significant human populations in order to get designated
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilots (AIP) • One of the means by which GEOSS addresses interoperability issues and GEOSS Common Infrastructure extension work • Led by the OGC • All contributions are in-kind • Phased approach • AIP-7 being planned now
  10. 10. Technology that could be reused • “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, eg, INSPIRE Network Services – Conflated data
  12. 12. Dimensions of Interoperability From the European Interoperability Framework for Pan-European eGovernment Services (http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/servlets/Docb0db.pdf?id=31597)
  13. 13. Where we are in the project… • Month 16 of 48 – still some flexibility • 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

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