SEIS - Shared Environmental Information System Newsletter #7
November 2009

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In this Issue:
- News
- Events
- Library
- Cases
- In support of SEIS
- Links of interest

The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is a collaborative initiative of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) to establish together with the Member States an integrated and shared EU–wide information system to simplify monitoring and reporting of environmental data and information.

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SEISnet News
EU: INSPIRE - Call for Expression of Interest for participation in development of INSPIRE Data Specifications for Annex II and III
The Commission is seeking voluntary contributions of stakeholders, asking them to propose experts (domain experts, Facilitators, Editors) for the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) and reference materials to be taken into consideration for the data specifications for the themes listed in the Annexes II and III to the INSPIRE Directive.
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EU: EEA launches the first map of Europe's noise exposure
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a comprehensive map of noise exposure, revealing the extent to which European citizens are exposed to excessive acoustic pollution.
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EU/INT: European Commission assists UN Food and Agricultural Organisation’s global forest monitoring
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) collects key up-to-date information on forest resources for all nations worldwide through its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA-2010) programme.
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UK: OECD welcomes UK government climate change map
In October 2009 a new map was presented to OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, by the British Ambassador to the OECD, Dominic Martin. The map aims to illustrate graphically the devastating effects of the climate change.
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LV: Public online access to data on environmental pollution
The Latvian Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters came into force on 8 October 2009.
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NL: Platform Communication on Climate Change receives "Outreach & Communication" Award
On 27 September 2009, the Platform Communication on Climate Change (PCCC) received the "Outreach & Communication Award 2009" from the European Meteorological Society for contributing to bridging the gap between science and society.
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DE: New online map service by the Federal Environment Agency
The Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) has recently launched an online map service aiming to describe the regional distribution of air pollution in Germany since 2001.
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SEISnet Events
FR: The use of GIS/OGC standards in meteorology| 23 - 25 November 2009
2nd workshop on the use of Geographic Information System /Open Geospatial Consortium (GIS/OGC) standards in meteorology.
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CZ: ’Inspire yourself’ Conference| 24 - 25 November 2009
A seminar on European activities directly related to INSPIRE, such as the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and the Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES), will be presented in the conference.
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ES: gvSIG Conference 2009 | 02 - 04 December 2009
5th gvSIG (Generalitat Valenciana, Geographic Information System) International Conference 2009: "We keep growing"
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SEISnet Cases
Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Applications
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority eApplications system has been implemented to enable the full electronic permitting process both for land use and environmentally-based applications.
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SEISnet Library
DE: Report on the application of Directive 2003/4/EC
On 22 December 2004, action was taken regarding the implementation of the Environmental Information Act (Umweltinformationsgesetz, UIG). The Directive has been implemented on federal and state level.
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Links of interest

- EU Programmes, Projects and Initiatives
- GMES: What’s new
- INSPIRE: What’s new
- ePSI plus
- EEA Press releases
- European Commission: Calendar of upcoming events on environmental issues
In support of SEIS: The Spatial Observation Services and Infrastructure (SOSI) project

SOSI is a project for developing innovative "Spatial Observation Services and Infrastructure" within the context of land monitoring initiatives at European and Member State levels. The project's objective is to demonstrate, in real operations, a decentralised information system allowing integration of distributed data and processing services as well as access and distribution at multiple levels, languages and content granularities. It thus aims at the verification of SEIS concepts for infrastructure and services in the context of Land Cover Monitoring & Earth Observation via the demonstration of distributed data and processing services. Data and services shall be shared at European and Member States levels.

SOSI provides several services of different types. The services are named matching the INSPIRE Network Services Architecture and are grouped into two components: (a) Land Cover Services (Soil Sealing and Corine data) and (b) Earth Observation Services (MERIS data).

SOSI is designed as loosely-coupled system (SOA) based on networked services enabling distribution through functional decomposition into objects which interact at standard interfaces. Conceptually, SOSI aims to be an open system into which additional services can be added, without need for additional software development, assuming interfaces are precisely followed.

The SEISnet Community facilitators would like to thank the Community Members for their contributions which considerably helped the preparation of this Newsletter.

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