Community Spatial Information Network
Institute for environment and sustainability
This project will continue to provide support to the development of the INSPIRE Directive and in its implementation within the EU Institutions taking also into consideration the proposed revised mandate of the EC Inter-service Group on Geo-Information (COGI) and the role foreseen for the JRC. Within the JRC this will involve a greater emphasis on specific ICT developments to act as a catalyst to the development of a Spatial Data Infrastructure for the organisation, thus increasing the accessibility and usability of geospatial information in support of the JRC mission. As well as building such shared components of a JRC-SDI, based on known specifications and standards as referenced by INSPIRE, the Action will promote innovation in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and in the development of new applications and ways of integrating novel data sources. COSIN will work closely with other Actions, acting as a technical reference centre providing horizontal support to ensure INSPIRE compliance for key geospatial databases, services and applications and will progressively catalogue these resources.
The Action will support the development of the European Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), focusing on the need to strengthen innovation in ICT implementation for environmental monitoring and reporting. Specific developments supporting the JRC Actions SOIL and FOREST will continue to focus on ensuring INSPIRE compliance, interoperability between Environmental Data Centres of the "Group of Four" (JRC, DG Environment, DG Eurostat and the European Environment Agency), coherence with the GMES in-situ Working Group and Land Implementation Group, and contributing to the definition of the architecture of SEIS.
Outside Europe, the Action will actively contribute to international activities, focusing on GEOSS and will contribute to the JRC Thematic Programme on the AU-EU Strategic Partnership, building on existing collaboration within JRC and providing specific technical input on SDI implementation and coherence between INSPIRE and GEOSS architectures. A number of specific geospatial web services for African data will be developed by the Action, leveraging existing JRC investments and promoting interoperability, in line with the GEO 2009-11 Work Plan and the GMES Africa.
The project will develop and test new protocols, standards, methods and tools for management and analysis of geospatial information and will ensure interoperability of data and services, and new information gathering activities. Together with the Action INSPIRE,
the research undertaken in this context will reinforce the JRC role as a recognised reference centre for geospatial information systems and science.