Introduction to the COBWEB Project, January 2013


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  • View this as a stakeholder engagement opportunity and fly some kites With special emphasis on the Access Control issues Many other ways OGC relevant Sensor web Geopackage Fusion approaches
  • Created this slide for GEO-IX and also used at OGC Redlands
  • Introduce people who are here today
  • Ask if anyone knows of any history here. Don’t want to reinvent the wheel Mention Chair of UKMAB C’ttee on Advisory Board
  • Ask if anyone knows of any history here. Don’t want to reinvent the wheel
  • Mention GeoViQua and Earthserver
  • Roy, H.E., Pocock, M.J.O., Preston, C.D., Roy, D.B., Savage, J., Tweddle, J.C. & Robinson, L.D. (2012) Understanding Citizen Science & Environmental Monitoring. Final Report on behalf of UK-EOF. NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Natural History Museum.
  • Introduction to the COBWEB Project, January 2013

    1. 1. Introduction to the COBWEB projectCitizens’ Observatories Projects Coordination Workshop, Brussels. 29th Jan, 2013 Chris Higgins, Project Coordinator, EDINA National Data Centre, University of Edinburgh.
    2. 2. The bare bones…• Research project started Nov 2012 for 4 yrs• Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making• Introduce quality measures and reduce uncertainty• Fusion of crowdsourced data with reference data…• Spatial Data Infrastructure - like initiatives – National SDI’s in UK, Greece and Germany – INSPIRE – GEOSS
    3. 3. FP7-ENV-2012 observatories Name Lead TopicCitclops Barcelona Digital Coast and ocean Centre Tecnològic optical (Spain) monitoringWeSenseIt University of Water Sheffield (UK) ManagementCITI-SENSE Nilu (Norway) Air qualityOmniscientis Spacebel (Belgium) Odour monitoringCOBWEB UEDIN (UK) Various
    4. 4. Project PartnersUniversity of Edinburgh Wendy MacAdie, Pete O’Hare UKUniversity of Nottingham Mike Jackson UKAberystwyth University Steve Walsh UKWelsh Assembly Government Simon Agass UKEnvironment Systems Limited Steve Walsh, Jamie Williams UKEcodyfi UKOpen Geospatial Consortium Europe Bart De Lathouwer UKUniversity College Dublin Gregory O’Hare IRTechnische Universitaet Dresden DESecure Dimensions GmbH DEUniversity of Western Greece GROIKOM – Environmental Studies Ltd GRGeoCat BV NL
    5. 5. Essential context – WNBR• UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes (MAB) World Network of Biosphere Reserves – 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 societys ability to cope with change, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals• Main route to citizen engagement• Chair of UK MAB on COBWEB Advisory Board• 610 reserves in 117 countries – But we are concentrating on three…
    6. 6. COBWEB Biosphere Reserves1. UK (Wales): Biosffer Dyfi – Development work concentrated here2. Germany: Wadden See and Hallig Islands3. Greece: – Mount Olympus – Gorge of SamariaLeft open possibility of expansion to further BRslater in project
    7. 7. Status at moment• Kickoff Nov 15th, 2012, in Edinburgh with associated press release• Still mostly in project setup mode• Initial website up by end of month• Consortium meeting April: – Website plus content management system – Communication plan – COBWEB technical architecture – Technical Work Packages kickoff – Initial outputs stakeholder engagement
    8. 8. WP2: Stakeholder Engagement (Welsh Gov)• Engage the main target stakeholder groups to elicit requirements• Encourage broad involvement in the project across sectors, e, citizens, public sector, private sector, academia• Effectively feed user requirements to the rest of the project to ensure COBWEB is user driven• Establish and maintain alignment between project deliverables and policy drivers• Encourage take up of project deliverables and results during and beyond the project’s life
    9. 9. Stakeholder Engagement – GEO-IX• GEO Plenary main annual GEOSS event• Impression was that mainly political/admin with technical aspects peripheral• Presented COBWEB at: – EC Side Event – Poster at booth – Authentication Workshop• Implications for Cit. Obs. Coordination: – Opportunity to mention all projects – Flyers would have been good – Brazil was a long way to go…
    10. 10. Stakeholder Engagement – OGC TC• Again attempting to stimulate discussion.• COBWEB using OGC processes, eg, – GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilots – Interoperability Experiments – OWS – OGC Network – OGC/AGILE/EuroSDR Persistent Testbed (PTB)• Would be happy to meet up at TC’s!
    11. 11. Stakeholder Engagement – UKEOF• UK Environmental Observation Framework – "facilitate the ongoing environmental evidence required to understand the changing natural environment and its societal interactions, thus guiding current and future environmental management, policy, science and innovation priorities for economic benefit and quality of life“• Producers of report Understanding Citizen Science & Environmental Monitoring Dec 2012• Data Advisory Group is the UK forum with responsibility for the INSPIRE theme environmental monitoring facilities
    12. 12. WP3: Citizen Observatory Framework (UCD) • Design of the COBWEB Portal & COBWEB framework; • Implementation of the COBWEB portal; • Implementation of the COBWEB framework; • Integration with other relevant WP’s resulting in the final COBWEB platform; • Production of necessary documentation including user guides.
    13. 13. WP4: Citizen observatory mobile data collection, validation and quality system (UNOTT) • Design the prototype mobile phone data collection sub-system • Design and develop the back-end server based system for dynamic model-based data validation and quality assurance. • Field test and iterate as necessary the prototype citizen mobile data collection system and ensure that it is compatible with work done under WP5 (privacy assurance and access control) and provides a citizen friendly intuitive data collection component for the demonstrator development (WP6)
    14. 14. WP5: Privacy assurance and access management (SECD) • “Data collected should be made available through the GEOSS without any restrictions” • “…addressing questions of privacy…” • COBWEB about environmental, not personal data • Some kinds of protected data that may be encountered during the project: – Personal information, eg, expert or novice observer – Location protected Species – Reference data from European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies
    15. 15. WP6: Demonstrator Development (UCD)• Minimum of 3 demonstrators in each of the three subject areas 1. Creation and validation of data products from EO data 2. Biological monitoring 3. Flooding• Proven working under different conditions in different Biosphere Reserves• Additional demonstrators in response to community consultation• Option of a non-EU international demonstrator towards the end of the project
    16. 16. WP7: Data and knowledge management (UEDIN)• Maximise use and reuse of Citizen Observatory data and information.• Working within the GEOSS framework, establish a suite of common methodologies, standards and guidelines for data archiving, discovery and access for use by the WNBR.• Create Biosphere Reserve data repositories compliant with the above and demonstrate how the process is repeatable with other Biosphere Reserves and interoperable with other standards compliant data infrastructures• Establish metadata and quality guidelines for use with crowdsourced data• Modified GeoNetwork catalogue software capable of handling crowdsourced “sensor” metadata, privacy and concomitant data access
    17. 17. WP8: Testing and validation (ENVSYS)• Test the approach taken by the project and assess its feasibility for operational implementations• Develop and document a test environment incorporating test criteria and test cases for testing and validating project outputs• Test the data and services provided by COBWEB for the three pilot case study subject areas, validated initially in the Welsh Biosphere Reserve• Test and validate the data and services provided by COBWEB for other BR’s, eg, in Germany and Greece• Document the approach so that it may be used for other reserves within the WNBR
    18. 18. Some COBWEB testbed considerations• UNESCO WNBR as a global testbed environment• Link up with other related testbed initiatives?• Sustainability an ongoing problem• Continue with the PTB? – OGC (University Domain Working Group) – Association GI Laboratories Europe (AGILE) – EuroSDR• Attempt to develop links with existing academic sector SAML federations?• Use OGC interoperability experiment process? 18
    19. 19. WP9: Dissemination, exploitation and usage (ENVSYS) • Gain maximum exposure for and raise awareness of the project with all relevant stakeholders • Encourage enthusiastic involvement in the project • Encourage take up of project deliverables and sustained results during and beyond the project’s life • Evaluate and assess business models predicated on COBWEB technology and outputs • Evaluate and assess applications for the data and services produced by COBWEB
    20. 20. Any questions?