European conference of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU
Opportunities of SEIS and SISE: Integrating Environmental Knowledge in Europe | March 25-27, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic

Programme | Workshops

W2ICT-ENSURE: European ICT Environmental Sustainability Research
(workshop chairpersons: Werner Pillmann, Jiří Hřebíček, and Antonios Barbas)

This ICT-ENSURE workshop is the third in a series of regional workshops across Europe. Its special focus in Prague is on ICT supporting environmental sustainability in Europe. The workshop targets researchers whose fields of interest address specifically the enabling role of ICT in various sustainability domains such as Energy consumption/efficiency, climate change, eco-industrial applications, industrial ecology, agriculture, landscape and biodiversity, personalised information services and quality of life, sustainable urban development, health and environmental risk management. The aim of the workshop is two fold:

  1. to communicate research knowledge on the positive role of ICT in the above fields of application and
  2. to contribute to a European survey of existing research programmes and initiatives at various levels (local, national, international) supporting this type of research.

The ultimate aim of ICT-ENSURE is to strengthen a European Research Area in the field of ICT for environmental sustainability, see

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W3eEcoRA - Information Technologies in Ecological Risk Assessment
(workshop chairpersons: Ivan Holoubek, Karel Bláha, Ladislav Dušek, and Alberto Susini)

Workshop will summarize current methodology of ecological risk assessment (EcoRA) in view of most common problems with data accessibility and processing. Complementary practical session will provide basic overview of information and communication technologies used in EcoRA including overview of available Internet databases and applications. Main part of the workshop will be focused on processing and modelling of complex abiotic and biotic data entering EcoRA and their aggregation according to rules given by problem to be solved. All issues will be supported by practical case studies working with real data from bio-monitoring of fresh waters and soil ecosystems.

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W4eEnvironment Terminology
(workshop chairpersons: Thomas Bandholtz, Joachim Fock, Rudolf Legat, Michal Nagy, and Paolo Plini)

Environmental terminology and its semantics constitute a major building block of SEIS and SISE as important instruments for discovery, understanding, and integration of any kind of accessible information. They have already taken a long way starting with early subject heading systems of the libraries, moving on to multilingual thesauri such as GEMET, some of them evolving towards more expressive ontologies.
This workshop will present several domain-specific and interdisciplinary examples and discuss common design issues such as terminology structure models, cross-referencing, symmetric vs. asymmetric multilingualism, identity and reference, publishing terminology in the Web, and linking environmental data to such published terminology.

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W5SEIS/NESIS - ICT Components for SEIS around Europe
(workshop chairpersons: Jarmila Cikánková, Giorgio Saio, Danny Vandenbroucke, Rafal Wawer)

The NESIS is a Network promoted within the ICT-PSP program with the aim to promote the uptake of ICT solutions by public authorities in providing information for the monitoring and reporting of environmental impacts and threats. By supporting a shared vision towards an interoperable information infrastructure, the Network fosters the creation of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and a coherent frame for existing best practices.
The project partners have mapped the current status of ICT components that could contribute to the development of SEIS in their countries, with a good vision of diverse European situations, both in term of geographical area and country size.
The Country scope enlargement policy of NESIS will allow upgrading the European coverage as well.

The workshop will present and discuss the:

  • The results of the assessment of the status of environmental monitoring and reporting in the countries of the network partners based on a draft version of a Summary Report ;
  • Good practices in IT solution in handling environmental data, as already collected by the project partners into the NESIS Best Practice Catalogue.

Finally a round table, with invited contribution from EC and national representatives, will wrap-up the NESIS achievements so far and will give inputs the next steps towards SEIS.
All the participants of the conference are welcome to contribute on the project by bringing in their own ICT solutions to be included into the Best Practice Catalogue and into the European Summary Report.

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W6GIGAS Forum - Bringing together GEOSS, INSPIRE, GEOSS, and SEIS
(workshop chairpersons: Eva Klien, Alessandro Annoni, Pier Giorgio Marchetti )

The fact that there are various environmental initiatives that share commonalities but that are being developed independently makes up a complex landscape in terms of adoption of standards introducing interoperability barriers.

The GIGAS Forum is an authoritative platform aiming to monitor and advice upon architectural progresses in relevant Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Information Management initiatives of European interest (including GMES, GEOSS, INSPIRE, and SEIS). Through direct linkage with other relevant forums, the GIGAS Forum provides a central point to access information. It is the place to meet, discuss and agree about geospatial standards and best practices and to find solutions for interoperability problems in cross-initiative scenarios.

The Workshop provides an introduction into the GIGAS project, which is a support action for setting up and activating the GIGAS Forum. In the project, methodologies are generated and tested for monitoring and comparing existing initiatives (like GEOSS, INSPIRE, GMES, and SEIS) and for facilitating a consensus building process on how to influence their evolution.

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