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Collaborative by Nature - Chris Higgins, IGIBS & EDINA


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Presentation given at the Collaborative by Nature event (#gecoenv) in Cardiff on 11th November 2011.

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Collaborative by Nature - Chris Higgins, IGIBS & EDINA

  1. 1. Interoperable Geographic Information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS) Collabora tive by Nature , Welsh Government Bldgs, Cathays Park, Cardiff. 11 th November, 2011, Chris Higgins, Project Manager
  2. 2. IGIBS – What is it? <ul><li>JISC funded 7 month project (to Nov 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Kickoff meeting was at Wales Institute for Sustainable Education on 11 th April </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership between: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EDINA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES), University of Aberystwyth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welsh Assembly Government </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exploiting developments in data access to make it easier for people to get the data they want online in a form conducive to what they want do </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dyfi Biosphere Vision Statement <ul><li>“ The Dyfi Biosphere will be recognised and respected internationally, nationally and locally for the diversity of its natural beauty, heritage and wildlife, and for its people’s efforts to make a positive contribution to a more sustainable world. It will be a self confident, healthy, caring and bilingual community, supported by a strong locally-based economy.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Spatial Data Infrastructure #1 “ SDI encompasses the policies, organisational remits, data, technologies, standard delivery mechanism and financial and human resources necessary to ensure that those working with spatial data, whether at the global or local scale, are not impeded in meeting their objectives (INSPIRE consultation paper, 2003)”
  5. 5. Spatial Data Infrastructure #2 <ul><li>Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) Directive </li></ul><ul><li>UK Location Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our National SDI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rolling out INSPIRE in the UK </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UK Academic SDI </li></ul><ul><li>Some key EDINA/JISC components of the UK Academic SDI relevant to IGIBS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GoGeo! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GeoDoc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ShareGeo </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Main IGIBS Aim – Improve UK SDI Interoperability <ul><li>Public </li></ul><ul><li>Sector </li></ul>Academic sector Real world SDI R&D requirements - Resources - Data - <ul><li>Better educated graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Future customers/employees used to using high quality public sector reference data via Geospatial Web Services </li></ul><ul><li>R&D requirements get met </li></ul>Virtuous Circle
  7. 7. IGIBS Deliverables WP1 <ul><li>Project website; wiki and blog </li></ul><ul><li>Programme reporting and project management documentation </li></ul>WP2 <ul><li>Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level </li></ul><ul><li>Report articulating future requirements </li></ul>WP3 <ul><li>Working prototype of the “WMS factory” tool </li></ul><ul><li>Simple mapping application </li></ul><ul><li>Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the “WMS factory” tool into production </li></ul><ul><li>Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI </li></ul><ul><li>Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward </li></ul>WP4 <ul><li>Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for further work </li></ul>
  8. 8. Requirements gathering <ul><li>Primarily through focussing on real world, interdisciplinary use cases emerging from Dyfi Biosphere related R&D </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder engagement work package led by Aberystwyth University </li></ul><ul><li>Main outputs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased use of open geospatial interoperability standards in teaching and research at Aberystwyth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report: Best Practice Interaction with the UK Academic Spatial Data Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation for future projects </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Report: Best Practice Interaction UK Academic SDI <ul><li>The “Data Deluge” brings a need to improve our use of technology and the academic SDI </li></ul><ul><li>Publicly funded data managed professionally and made openly available in line with Research Council and Government policy </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for the management of research data through the three phases of research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquisition- Increased efficiency through data reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis and admin during the research project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curation and sharing of data post project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making data discoverable and accessible </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. WMS Factory Tool <ul><li>Open geospatial interoperability standards underpin SDI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Map Service (WMS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or View Service in INSPIRE jargon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A tool, an application to allow users to upload their data, and instantiate a WMS </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to specify styling and metadata </li></ul><ul><li>That can then be viewed online in conjunction with… </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mapping Application <ul><li>Reference data from Welsh Gov, eg, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protected Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hydrology, etc, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simple mapping prototype application to allow a variety of data relating to the Biosphere Reserve to be integrated and viewed, explored, analysed, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Access control around some services to enable a wider range of data to be made available </li></ul>
  12. 12. Access Control <ul><li>Article 19 of the INSPIRE Directive ”…Member States may limit public access…etc, etc”. </li></ul><ul><li>OGC Standards agnostic about security </li></ul><ul><li>Grand challenge: lack of a genuinely interoperable security solution a major barrier to all sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Have now shown: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shibb Access Control around OGC Web Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No changes to the OWS interface specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No changes to the core mainstream Shibboleth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of clients (browser and desktop) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nov 2010. OGC “Plugfest” demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>June 2011. Workshop at INSPIRE conference </li></ul>
  13. 13. Use Case #1 <ul><li>Working tool </li></ul><ul><li>A student has a work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>Wants to quickly view their data in conjunction with reference data from WG </li></ul><ul><li>Uses the “WMS Factory” tool to upload data and create a WMS </li></ul><ul><li>Can see their WMS layer within the mapping application </li></ul><ul><li>Can control who else can access it, eg, individual, department, university, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>And now the demo… </li></ul>