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

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Published on March 5, 2014

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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.

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

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.

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

Project Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dimensions of Interoperability From the European Interoperability Framework for Pan-European eGovernment Services (

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

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