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The amount of open data available for hydrology research is continually growing and provides opportunities for new science and products. Although the existing digital infrastructures (GEOSS Portal, INSPIRE community geoportal and other initiatives) provide access to open data, many hydrologists still encounter difficulties in finding and using open data. Since the time spent on collecting and preparing data usually amounts to more than the time spent on an experiment, any improvement on finding, understanding, accessing and using open data is greatly beneficial. The Spatial Information Platform (SIP) has been developed to tackle these issues within the SWITCH-ON European funded FP7 project. The SIP has been designed as a toolbox of interconnected software components based on open standards that provide to the user all the necessary functionalities as described in the Publish-Find-Bind (PFB) pattern. In other words, this means that the SIP enables users to locate relevant and suitable data for the task they are carrying out and to access and transform it (filtering, extraction, selection, conversion, aggregation). Moreover, the SIP can be used to provide descriptive information about the data and to publish it so others can find it and use it. The SIP is based on existing open data protocols such as OGC-CSW, OGC-WMS, OpenDAP and open-source technologies such as PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GeoServer and pyCSW among others. The SIP is divided in three main user interfaces: the BYOD (Browse your open dataset) web interface, the Expert GUI tool and the Upload Data and Metadata web interface.
Topic Area: [2.8] Innovation and technologies for spatial data collection, processing and integration in spatial data infrastructures (for example; Galileo/EGNOSS, Copernicus data and services, sensor web, Internet of Things, Big Data analytics) Abstract Type: Oral Presentation
Comments: open-data , hydrology, FP7, OGC, GEOSS, INSPIRE
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