SEIS - Shared Environmental Information System Newsletter #12
April 2010

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The SEISnet Newsletter keeps its readers up to date on important development related to the SEIS initiative and the EU eReporting System as integral part of it.

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Two years have now passed since the Commission adopted the Communication on SEIS. During this period significant progress has been made, with many of the essential building blocks now in place for making SEIS happen. For example, active development of the European spatial data infrastructure, notably under the INSPIRE Directive (Infrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe); development of the GMES initiative (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) into a genuinely operational, streamlined and modern mechanism to support the monitoring and reporting requirements under EU environmental legislation; and piloting on eReporting systems (e.g. within the context of the Clean Air for Europe Programme).

Achievement of the SEIS objectives is a vital component of future environment policy success. The Commission is now taking stock of progress to date of all SEIS activities, to lay the ground for further action over the coming years. SEIS development is accelerating. To ensure success, it is necessary to focus resources on analysing and planning a rational way ahead. While the present news service will no longer be maintained, the SEIS portal on Europa will be actively managed and those interested in SEIS are encouraged to bookmark that page in order to keep abreast of SEIS developments.

We would like to thank the regular users of these pages for their valuable contributions and interest and hope that these changes will not cause inconvenience.

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: ESA plans the launch of a satellite to measure ice mass variations
On 8 April 2010 the European Space Agency (ESA) is planning the launch of a satellite able to provide data on the Earth’s ice fields and map their thickness over water and land.
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EU: The European Environmental Agency (EEA) will coordinate environmental data flows for GMES
The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has recently started coordinating geographical data flow to be used for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) services.
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AT: An interactive map on radiation values has been launched
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management has recently launched an interactive map displaying updated information on radiation levels in the territory.
- Read more »

EU: A new version of the Eduspace website has been released
Eduspace, the European Space Agency (ESA) portal for schools has been recently redesigned and updated.
- Read more »

SEISnet Events
EE: Space Downstream Services 2010 Conference | 06 - 07 May 2010
Space Downstream Services 2010 Conference - Boosting the Competitiveness of Business & Science: Satellite Services in Modern Society
- Read more »

MK: BALWOIS 2010 | 25 - 29 May 2010
BALWOIS 2010 - Balkan Water Observation and Information System for Decision Support
- Read more »

PL: INSPIRE Conference 2010 | 22 - 25 June 2010
INSPIRE Conference 2010 under the theme 'INSPIRE as a Framework for Cooperation'
- Read more »

MK: Conference On Spatial Data Infrastructures 2010 | 15 - 17 September 2010
The main theme of the Conference will be the development and use of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI's) and all their aspects
- Read more »

SEISnet Cases
Reportnet is a system of integrated IT tools and business processes creating a shared information infrastructure optimised to support the European Environment Agency (EEA) reporting obligations
- Read more »
Links of interest

- Initiative to open up government data
- Wiki: "Open Government Data"
- European GEOSS Workshop on Water and other events
- INSPIRE: What´s new
- EEA Press room
- JRC News
- GMES: What´s new
- ePSI plus
- EEA Press releases
- European Commission: Calendar of upcoming events on environmental issues
- Beyond GDP News
In support of SEIS: NATURE-SDIplus

Nature-SDIplus Network aims, through state-of-the-art methodologies and best practice examples, to improve harmonisation of national datasets and make them more accessible and exploitable. Therefore, it contributes to the INSPIRE implementation with specific reference to a cluster of data themes on nature conservation (as per the INSPIRE Annexes)

The project Consortium interacts with INSPIRE Drafting Teams both to tune the adopted solutions according to INSPIRE specifications and to support the Implementation of the Directive at network level. Best Practices on interoperable datasets for nature conservation are to be collected, implemented and validated at network level through a consensus building approach.

A demonstration infrastructure based on an architecture compliant with the INSPIRE principle and supported by web services, will provide data accessibility for the different stakeholders and a dedicated geoportal (NATURE-SDIplus Geoportal) will be the main door to access the datasets and services available. This geoportal will then afford a means to actively engage the stakeholders.

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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