INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Estandarización Electrónica de Datos Ambientales
Mission and Objectives: 
Principles ETER is aligned with the principles upon which the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is based. Information should be managed as close as possible to its source. Information should be collected once, and shared with others for many purposes. Information should be readily available to public authorities and enable them to easily fulfil their legal reporting obligations. Information should be readily accessible to end-users, primarily public authorities at all levels from local to European, to enable them to assess in a timely fashion the state of the environment and the effectiveness of their policies, and to design new policy. Information should also be accessible to enable end-users, both public authorities and citizens, to make comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale (e.g. countries, cities, catchment areas) and to participate meaningfully in the development and implementation of environmental policy. Information should be fully available to the general public, after due consideration of the appropriate level of aggregation and subject to appropriate confidentiality constraints, and at national level in the relevant national language(s). Information sharing and processing should be supported through common, free open- source software tools. Objectives Harmonise the data and processes of public authority environmental information systems, and to provide authorities that do not have electronic information systems with a common basis on which to develop them. Improve the reliability and quality of statistics relating to all aspects of the environment in Spain. Comply with European regulations on statistical data relating to environmental issues. Enable the public authorities to provide the best possible service to their clients (the citizens) and, through the ETER project, improve the management of environmental data in their areas of competence, bringing about improvements in the management of knowledge, change and resources in particular. Study the possibility of disseminating the ETER philosophy and products (E3L) to the rest of Europe, thus extending its scope of application as it is an issue that has not yet been resolved by the European Commission. However, none of these objectives make sense if we lose sight of the sole and ultimate objective of ETER, which is the introduction of technologies for the restoration of the environment. Furthermore, the concept of integrating all environmental information is becoming an increasingly common way of enhancing cooperation between the public and private sectors. This is becoming increasingly evident with the preparation of proposals for directives and regulations that encompass all aspects of the environment, and not just specific areas such as, in this case, hazardous waste. Therefore, the creation of a common language to support the exchange of environmental information between all stakeholders in society will become a necessary tool in the area of information technology. Accordingly, the ETER project should be seen as the foundation for the construction of a standard -XML-based- language that will support the exchange of environmental information in Spain in the future.
Formal Mandate: 
Regional Government
Organising Entities Fundació Fòrum Ambiental is a not-for- profit organisation that works to create a platform of dialogue and cooperation between businesses, the authorities and the rest of society. Its goal is to work together to find and create a new more sustainable model of development. It centres on three lines of activity: Information and dissemination, project development and support for training and research programmes. The objectives of these lines are: to incorporate an environmental culture into the business culture, to make society aware that sustainable business development is compatible with the protection of the environment and, finally, to develop and protect indigenous economic activities based on the environment. Address Av. Reina Maria Cristina s/n - Pl. España - Fira de Barcelona - Palau de la Metal•lúrgia 08004 Barcelona E-mail Web Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For more information: Address C/ Albarracín, 25 28037 Madrid E-mail Web We thank the government assigned it follows the efforts of its staff and providing financial resources to the initiative, efforts are getting a better quality of environmental data that will facilitate in the near future the development of appropriate policies for the care and recovery of our environment
TER’S main objective is to provide organisational or technical solutions for the delivery of environmental information to the place and at the time required to meet our challenges. While achieving a continuous flow of information and contact between the different public authorities responsible for the environment is already an achievement in itself, it will not give rise to tangible results unless ETER can provide concrete solutions and products. If you would like to learn more about the materials and products that have been created by ETER, please visit the following sections: White Paper on Information Technology Applications in the Industrial Waste Sector Environmental Electronic Exchange Language E3L Environmental Electronic Exchange Guide E3G Environmental Electronic Exchange Templates E3T Environmental Electronic Exchange Services E3S Environmental Electronic Exchange Point E3P Environmental Electronic Exchange Forms E3F
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Andalucía Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Baleares Consejería de Medio Ambiente de Cantabria (MARE) Consejería de Medio Ambiente. Junta de Castilla y León Agencia de Residuos de Cataluña Conselleria de Medio Ambiente, Agua, Urbanismo y Vivienda de la Comunidad Valenciana. Consellería de Medio Ambiente, Territorio e Infraestructuras de la Xunta de Galicia Consejería de Medio Ambiente, Vivienda y Ordenación del Territorio de la Comunidad de Madrid Consejería de Agricultura y Agua de la Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia Departamento de Desarrollo Rural y Medio Ambiente de Gobierno de Navarra Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Planificación Territorial, Agricultura y Pesca del Gobierno Vasco Consejería de Medio Ambiente. Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
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    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    These are the main conclusions of the ‘White Paper on Information Technology Applications in the Industrial Waste Sector’, which was conducted in 2005 by Fundació Fòrum Ambiental and the information technology company Atos Origin, who, with the support of the Autonomous Communities of Cantabria, Catalonia, the Basque Country and La Rioja, created what we could say was the embryo of the ETER project. In addition to providing an overview of the technology situation in Spain and explaining why environmental information was so lacking, the White Paper also provided a Roadmap which, together with the impetus of the public authorities, has the potential to create the right environment for the reporting of environmental information by private entities. The first step in the Roadmap was the launch of a joint project where the participating public authorities agreed on the flow of information and presented it in a common language with rules that were accepted by all. This new standard will enable the interoperability of the technology platforms of the different parties, ensuring that the information reaches the public authorities at the right time and that it is of sufficient quality to meet the environmental challenges facing our society. XML technology served as a basis for the development of a language called Environmental Electronic Exchange Language (E3L), which provides rules that enable technology platforms to communicate with one another, and, moreover, gives us the first electronic dictionary of environmental terms (metadato). This ensures interoperability so that all of the parties involved in the processing and reporting of environmental information have a guideline to follow and know how to adapt their technology platforms to ensure data quality. Consequently, the need for human intervention in the process is drastically reduced and this results in cost savings for both private entities and the public authorities. The ETER project was one of the first initiatives in line with the recently established Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE). Please visit the following sections if you would like to learn more about the specific objectives of the ETER project, the participating public authorities that actively participated in the construction of E3L, the private companies that supported it through sponsorship and participation in all of the development stages, and the entities that coordinated and organised the expert committees and meetings: Philosophy & Objectives Member Entities Organising Entities Sponsors
    Environmental application domains
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