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Generic Sustainable Information Space for Environment in Europe

Generic Sustainable Information Space for Environment in Europe
Mission and Objectives: 
GENESIS FP7 Integrated project has been launched by DG INFSO in 2008. Relying on standards and harmonization processes, GENESIS will provide a thematic-independant innovative solution : made of a generic software package, it is used as an “information system set-up framework”, which provides the interoperability layer to existing information systems, so that they can access to environmental databases or services available at regional, national or European levels. The proposed solution, highly flexible and scalable, can be easily instantiated and customized to various thematic fields and various contexts all over Europe. The main benefits of the GENESIS solution are : - Easy query and access by different actors to environmental data at different levels, - Improved management of trans-boarder contexts, - Easier sharing of data and consolidation at European level, - Near real time decision making and fusion of various sources of environmental data, - Visualization and combination of static or near-real-time information, - Support of critical or recurrent activities by automated work flows, - Improvement of response phase, - Progressive constitution of a set of reference data models in Europe to support the various thematic domains. The benefits are demonstrated on real use cases, including trans-boarder cases, through pilots managed by thematic actors who connect the generic software package with their thematic data and tools. The use cases focus on thematic fields of Air Quality, Fresh /Coastal Water Quality and their impact on Health. The 7 use cases taken from the 3 thematic domains, involving health actors, address a wide range of data and services to demonstrate the benefits listed above, as well as the flexibility of GENESIS. The thematic actors play a leading role in the selection of innovative technologies included in GENESIS solution through an interactive process in synergy with technology experts. Among these new technologies, GENESIS addresses : multilinguality and ontology, near-real-time data fusion, dynamic work flows, customizable portal,… The GENESIS solution is open and sustainable as based on de facto and emerging standards (OGC, OASIS, INSPIRE,…). Moreover, the GENESIS project proposes a strategic integrated approach building on current state of the art and innovative researches of major EC or ESA projects as : - Service Oriented Architecture derived from WIN and Orchestra FP6 projects, - Services infrastructure derived from ESA MASS-SSE project - Interface with EO data derived from ESA HMA harmonization project, - Sensors networks architecture derived from SANY and OSIRIS FP6 projects, - GMES projects like LIMES, PROMOTE, GEMS, HALO, BOSS4GMES… - data harmonization in relation with INSPIRE, FP6 HUMBOLDT and RISE projects. Proposed GENESIS consortium relies on a strong background and on a recognized expertise of its partners in ICT and thematic application domains, in particular through their involvement in these projects. GENESIS project represents an important step in operational environmental management in Europe thus paving the way to an effective wide deployment of the solution as part of the future Single Information Space for Environment in Europe.
Formal Mandate: 
The mandate of the GENESIS SDIC is "in the hands" of the GENESIS consortium. The GENESIS consortium comprehends the 30 partners involved in the project ; the Coordinator of the project is Thales Alenia Space France. The GENESIS Consortium brings a wide panel of multidisciplinary skills and experiences : · participants skilled and experienced in environmental domains as well as in health issues are key actors for the identification of users requirements, definition and implementation of the pilots, evaluation and take-up of the solution; · participants skilled and experienced in ICT and related domains are key actors to define a reference collaborative architecture, and to make an efficient and sustainable solution. The variety of partners profiles is a key factor of an optimal strategic integrated approach. a) European R&D laboratories or universities : - propose several emerging technologies as innovation to the solution, - ensure compatibility of the solution with their long-term vision of the future technological and domain evolutions b) Industrial companies, including a number of S/W vendors : - ensure the robust integration of the emerging technologies in the solution - help to deliver project results in a close to operational status, - allow to adopt whenever possible, a “products line” approach, for the sake of the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the solution, - help to draw the picture of the future markets in the domain, and will perform actions to be in a good position on these future markets . The participation of industry having experience in operational deployment of collaborative information systems will be essential to ensure an efficient deployment of the solution beyond the project. The constant synergy in the project between technology and application domain participants will facilitate the take-up of the solution by an early understanding of the deployment needs, and a strong and common effort to make the solution easy to set-up, and easy-to-operate. c) National or regional agencies or authorities, and final users bring their experience to promote the use of the GENESIS solution in a way that guaranty effective added value in their domain. Moreover the outstanding roles played by several participants in major projects or initiatives in progress in Europe, like JRC-IES co-chairing of GEO/GEOSS and coordination of INSPIRE implementation, help to define a reference solution in Europe. The GENESIS Consortium includes a wide set of experiences allowing to make the synthesis of ESA and EU FP6 projects visions: - FP6 WIN integrated project , regarding the definition and development of a Services Oriented architecture and a set of generic services for risk management, - FP6 ORCHESTRA integrated project, regarding a reference model and a European distributed services framework applicable to risk management and beyond on environmental domain, - FP6 ICT projects (OSIRIS and SANY )and projects from ESA (COPS-B, CoMu) related to in situ sensors networks and Sensor Web. - The ESA vision, regarding the Service Support Environment, and Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility solutions, in relation with EO systems and related applications services.
Main activities are : - capturing in several thematic domains (Air Quality , Fresh Water Quality, Coastal Water Quality) the user requirements on an IT solution supporting the process of monitoring and response of the environment and its impact on health, - defining representative pilots to cover use cases taken from the 3 thematic domains, involving health actors, - assessing the advanced edge technologies conditioning the solution and helping their transfer into a stable solution, - defining and implementing the generic services to be deployed on the various pilots, - maximising the impact of the project on a European scale and in particular in the frame of the set-up of the Single Information Space for Environment in Europe.
Thales Alenia Space (Project Coordination, Cross Cutting activities, Dissemination activities ) DLR (sub-project Air Quality) SOGREAH (sub-project Fresh Water Quality) ACRI (sub-project Coastal Water Quality) University of Munster (sub-project New Technology assessment) Spacebel (sub-project Technology Integration)
GENESIS project is a Technologic project but it is performed for the sake of several thematic domains : - sub-project Air Quality, - sub-project Fresh Water Quality - sub-project Coastal Water Quality.

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

  • participate in the review process
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    7 pilots in Europe
    Societal Sector
    Environment management
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    GSE PROMOTE WIN, ORCHESTRA FP6 IP projects (risk management) SSE EO portal Service oriented Architecture
    Environmental application domains
    Air Quality, Fresh Water Quality, Coastal Water Quality and impact on Health
    Primary Business
    Environment management