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Environmental Data Platform at Eurac Research

Andrea Vianello, Bartolomeo Ventura and Roberto Monsorno

(Submission #184)


In the research world interoperability is becoming an important element since it enhances the collaboration among different institutes and companies in collecting data.

The Institute for Earth Observation of Eurac Research is constantly developing an Environmental Data Platform (EDP) based on open source web tools that implement standard services for data/metadata visualization, sharing and processing. Furthermore, to improve usability and in order to automatize ingestion and analysis process, additional tools and interfaces are constantly developed.

The main difficult faced in the last years during this process was the handling of huge quantity of data acquired from sensors, especially from ground stations. On one side the possibility to use an open source Sensor Observation Service that implement database model and standard web services represent a good starting point. On the other side the ingestion of these data was time consuming and a specific tool was missing to manage near real time data efficiently.

We are describing the evolution we performed, from the definition of an environmental database implementing OCG interoperability standards to the capitalization of it, applied on a LTSER (Long Term Socio-Ecological Research) site, managed by the Institute for Alpine Environment, allowing the interoperability to happen at the level of DEIMS (Drupal Ecological Information System).

In our first project MONALISA (, about collecting environmental data, we developed a tool for sensor registration and data uploading in a SOS. The effort in this task was quite huge, but the adoption of this system permitted us to have a better organization and to easily start the second project LTSER ( connecting to the Italian Long-Term Ecological Research Network without problems. This network is part of the Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe. The complete workflow from the acquisition to publication of the data is not easy to manage and in future we need to speed-up it. This is the key aspect to have a large utilization of such standards. As outlook we are starting to think about SensorThings API which could be useful to manage real time data for IoT applications.

The interoperability is one of the main advantage that we got from using these tools, which has an impact on data sharing and on metadata discovery. Adoption of standard Web Services since the beginning let us become GEOSS data provider without any additional effort.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No

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