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Examples INSPIRE EF services in other domains using O&M

The INSPIRE EF theme is one of the INSPIRE themes making the strongest use of the O&M standard thus, several O&M concepts have been included in the data specification of theme EF.

Several other INSPIRE Themes have have identified O&M as integrally relevant to their thematic domain and are including elements of O&M into their data specifications:

  • Geology
  • Oceanographic geographical features
  • Atmospheric conditions and Meteorological geographical features
  • Soil

and several further INSPIRE themes have been identified to which observational information, while not at the core of the data specification, is relevant.

Are there any example deployments of an EF service linked to other domain-related services? The EF dataset describes the observation process and datasets in other themes describes the result of the observation.  This is shown in the Inspire specifications, but is their an actual best-practice implementation of this?

Please follow this discussion for same topic related to Marine and Atmosphere cluster.

  • Mauro MUSSIN

    ARPA Lombardia (the Regional Protecion Agency I work for) has developed a SOS service for Noise data, water quality data, underground water quality data gathered in large infrastructure monitoring activities. Further reading here.

     

  • Alessandro SARRETTA

    By Alessandro SARRETTA

    Thank you Mauro for your input and for sharing your experience; it seems a good example of use of SOS services for monitoring of various different environmental parameters.

    In the paper you mentioned that MAGO SOS was only a prototype and a first experiment: could you please tell us whether it is still in use and it has been further improved and tested?

    In addition to that, quickly reading the paper, it seems to me that the data model doesn't use (explicitly) any of the INSPIRE data specifications. Could you please clarify whether you have implemented (part of) the EF data model or others?

    Finally, does ARPA Lombardia have any plan or project focused on the implementation of these or other type of services related with environmental monitoring in compliance with the INSPIRE data specs?

    Thank you again for your participation in the forum!

  • Keiran MILLARD

    By Keiran MILLARD

    In the UK there is the EOF (Environmental Observation Framework) catalogue (https://catalogue.ukeof.org.uk).  This uses a schema that implements EF  and allow the key hierarchical relationships to be navigated.  Where it is limited is in the original source data which means not all the elements and attributes can be populated - but there is work on gonig to address this.  Interestingly the UK-EOF schema extents EF with financial data so that the costs of monitoring networks are recorded.

     

     

     

  • Alessandro SARRETTA

    By Alessandro SARRETTA

    Thnk you Keiran, this is a very good example for EF.

    The possibility to visualize the information using INSPIRE EF seems to be only in a beta stage, but it could be a good starting point also for others to start with.

  • Keiran MILLARD

    By Keiran MILLARD

    Visualisation of EF data will be limited to simple geometric features such as points/point collections (mainly) and lines and polygons to a lesser extent. These are easy to visualise, however much of the source data had these key elements unpopulated, providing only coarse bounding boxes or coarse scale gazetteers.  It will be a challenge to infill this missing data - but essential not only for Inspire compliance but also to make the data useful for decision making.

  • Keiran MILLARD

    By Keiran MILLARD

    Maybe taking this topic slightly off track, but this is a useful point to check. Should EF data sets contain results of an observation and measurement? In early drafts of EF/OF/MF we looked at a key distinction between EF and OF was that EF should not contain results as this was the provenance of OF. EF describes the observation process only.

    Later drafts of EF allow for results to be included. As EF and OF are built on the same O&M (19156) base there is a large overlap between the two. This actually good, but it raises the question as to why we have (need) separate EF and OF data specifications. It may also add confusion if some ocean data is published under EF and some under OF.

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