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Ensuring the Citizen is at the heart of the COBWEB - Citizen Observatory Web - Jamie Williams, Environment Systems

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"Ensuring the Citizen is at the heart of the COBWEB - Citizen Observatory Web" presentation by Jamie Williams, Environment Systems as part of the European Commission Speakers' Corner programme at GEO X, Geneva, Switzerland, 15th January 2014.

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Ensuring the Citizen is at the heart of the COBWEB - Citizen Observatory Web - Jamie Williams, Environment Systems

  1. 1. Ensuring the Citizen is at the heart of the COBWEB - Citizen Observatory web 15/01/14 Jamie Williams jamie.williams@envsys.co.uk
  2. 2. • Project started 01/11/2012 and will run for 4 years; • Funded under the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 (Grant No: 308513). The COBWEB project
  3. 3. • Crowd sourced environmental data • Introduce quality measures and reduce uncertainty • Fusion of crowd sourced data with reference data… • Spatial Data Infrastructure - like initiatives The COBWEB project
  4. 4. The COBWEB project
  5. 5. COBWEB’s Obligations • COBWEB is obliged to work within GEOSS framework; • common methodologies and standards for data archiving, discovery and access. • “Data collected should be made available through the GEOSS without any restrictions”.
  6. 6. Conceptually, what is COBWEB? Sensors in the environment The crowd  Validated  Quality approved  Compliant Data client Authoritative data - Commercial - Government - Community
  7. 7. Study areas COBWEB is creating a platform to enable citizens within UNESCO Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental data using mobile devices. These UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves including those in Dyfi (Wales); Samaria, Mount Olympus (Greece); and Wadden Sea and Islands of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany).
  8. 8. Demonstrators • A number of demonstrator applications for mobile devices. •Three subject areas: 1. Validating Earth observation; 2. Biological monitoring; 3. Flooding.
  9. 9. Engagement Reaching the citizen • Face to face engagements, co-design and co- production; • Using volunteer projects, interest groups, local issues.
  10. 10. Feedback loop
  11. 11. • Stakeholder engagement drives the user requirements.  Validated  Quality approved  Compliant
  12. 12. Stakeholder example - Dyfi woodland Coed Tŷ Gwyn Education Wildlife Products Health and Well Being Recreation Woodland management plan
  13. 13. Dyfi woodland requirements examples •Pictures to aid identification of species; •Time stamped information; •Description of observation to be stored; •Visualise data entries on web based map
  14. 14. Prototype visualisation
  15. 15. Prototype visualisation
  16. 16. Stakeholder – Aberystwyth University • Geolocation; • Dichotomous key; • Photo catalogue; • Description of observation to be stored.
  17. 17. Stakeholder – Aberystwyth University
  18. 18. Co-design • Dyfi woodland • Ysgol Bro Dyfi (local school) • Welsh Government
  19. 19. Thank you http://cobwebproject.eu/ info@cobwebproject.eu Find out more at Citizens Observatories booth of the European Commission Stand, and at the OGC stand.

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