INSPIRE Knowledge Base

HABITATS

Description
Organisation: 
Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats
Acronym: 
HABITATS
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
The adoption of common standards, in coherence with the INSPIRE Directive, is a significant commitment so it is important that the proposed models have undergone robust validation procedures. HABITATS project addresses these issues by introducing a participatory process. Through 7 pilots distributed along 5 different countries in Europe, the objective of HABITATS project is to build a trans-European network to co-design and validate proposed standards with real citizens and businesses in a range of usage scenarios demonstrating their added value in real-world environments. HABITATS related information involves a group of data themes that need to be developed in concert: 16 “Sea regions”, 17 “Bio-geographical regions”, 18 “Habitats and Biotopes and 19 “Species distribution”. The social validation implies that users actively participate in the design of network services that will allow identifying, accessing, using/reusing aggregated geographical information resulting in: 1. Developing robust data and metadata models for the INSPIRE Annex III themes 16, 17, 18 and 19 as a coherent set of spatial information themes following INSPIRE principles and related standards 2. To define an open SDI network architecture for discovering, visualisation, transformation and processing of environmental data stored and maintained in services distributed throughout Europe based on INSPIRE principles for allowing bi-directional interfaces with user services both in accessing data and capturing user-generated information 3. To set up and run a coherent set of application validation pilots within the concrete usage scenarios to thus validate the robustness, relevance and added value of the INSPIRE-compliant data and metadata models in supporting concrete services of environmental relevance. 5. To build user communities in social networks and involve these communities in the development of usage scenarios and requirements and in a structured analysis of the HABITATS scenarios’ impact on standard construction processes and more specifically, on the effectiveness of their daily environmental-related activities. HABITATS is a pilot B action project partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Commission. Call identifier CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.3 Theme 6.2 Geographic Information Duration 30 months Starting date April, 1st 2010
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
Mandate: 
This a consortium of 10 partners: 1. Empresa de Transformación Agraria S.A.-TRAGSA (ES) Coordinator of the Project 2. Next Step s.r.l - NSI (IT) 3. The National Microelectronics Application Centre Ltd - MAC (IE) 4. Help Service Remote Sensing Sro - HSRS (CZ) 5. Technologías y Servicios Agrarios S.A - TRAGSATEC (ES) 6. Technische Univertitaet Graz- TU Graz (AT) 7. Ente Parco delle Madonie - MADONIE (IT) 8. Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - ISPRA (IT) 9. Forest Management Institute - FMI (CZ) 10. Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of Latvian University - IMCS (LV)
Activities: 
In line with the user-driven approach described above, HABITATS is structured as an iterative dialogue between social validation activities on the one hand, and the data modellig and network service development activities that implement the INSPIRE directive on the other. These two blocks of activity run throughout the project and each contains tow specific work packages: 1. Social Validations strand includes: 1.1 WP 2 "User Communities" which uses social networking to involve extensive communities of users in the standards co-design processes and ensure the maximum impact of HABITATS outcomes. 1.2 WP5 "Pilot Validation" where HABITATS network services are used in concrete habitats-related usage scenarios in a range of settings to validate the usefulness of the standards ofr carrying out existing activities more effectively and developing new service and business models. 2. The INSPIRE Directive related strand includes: 2.1 WP 3 "Data and Metadata Modelling" where metadata profiles are defined and interactive data modelling toos used to develop robust data models together with the user communities and pilot stakeholders 2.2 WP 4 "Network Services" which defines an SDI network architecture and implements on-demand network service applets for testing by community users and/or mash-up with the pilot validation platforms, to finally organise the set of deployec services into a coherent service toolkit. WP 1 "Project Management" and WP 6 "Dissemination and Exploitation" oversee all project activities. The social validation is foreseen through 7 pilots: 1. Wild Salmon Monitorins (IE) The objective is to improve presentation, accessibility and use of the data collected by the Irish Marine Institute through the use of INSPIRE data structures. 2. La Palma Protected Marine Area (ES) The objective is to be aligned with the INSPIRE Directive in order to achieve interconnection with other networks 3. Hiking Trip Planner (IT) The objective is the integration of real-time data on habitats and bio-geographical regions from the Regional Carta Natura database. 4. Soria (ES) The objective is the innovation of the environmental tourism sector, offering services for nature interpretation or environmental educatino following the European Nature 2000 Network regulations. 5. Sheep and Goat Herding Management The objective is the integration on updated data on the state of the pasture and other habitats related data for better management of herding. 6. Economical activity at marine coastal benthic habitats The objective is the use of INSPIRE data structures and advanced interface to improve presentation, accessibility and use of the data collected by the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology 7. Czech National Forest Programme The objective is the harmonisation of metadata, coordinate system, geometry, data models and sensor standardisation.
Membership: 
This a consortium of 10 partners: 1. Empresa de Transformación Agraria S.A.-TRAGSA (ES) Coordinator of the Project 2. Next Step s.r.l - NSI (IT) 3. The National Microelectronics Application Centre Ltd - MAC (IE) 4. Help Service Remote Sensing Sro - HSRS (CZ) 5. Technologías y Servicios Agrarios S.A - TRAGSATEC (ES) 6. Technische Univertitaet Graz- TU Graz (AT) 7. Ente Parco delle Madonie - MADONIE (IT) 8. Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - ISPRA (IT) 9. Forest Management Institute - FMI (CZ) 10. Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of Latvian University - IMCS (LV)
Typology: 
Thematic
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

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

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Europe
    Spain, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia
    Societal Sector
    Europena, National, Regional Governments, private sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    To be completed
    Environmental application domains
    To be completed
    Primary Business
    To be completed