Programme of the conference Topics eEnvironment and Cross-border Services in Digital Agenda for Europe

(Convenors: Jiří Hřebíček, e-mail: hrebicek@iba.muni.cz, Milan Konečný, e-mail: konecny@geogr.muni.cz, Alessandro Annoni e-mail: alessandro.annoni@jrc.ec.europa.eu and Martin Kaltenböck, e-mail: m.kaltenboeck@semantic-web.at, Rudolf Legat, e-mail: rudolf.legat@umweltbundesamt.at)

eEnvironment is the use and promotion of ICT for the purposes of environmental assessment and protection, spatial planning, and the sustainable use of natural resources, and it includes public participation. The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is Europe's strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020. It outlines policies and actions to maximize the benefit of the Digital Revolution for all. eEnvironment services in the DAE includes all ICT tools that support the environment conservation process and encompasses services ranging from the simple provision of environmental information to sophisticated reporting and information processing. They are closely connected with building SEIS, GMES and INSPIRE.

Public Sector Information (PSI) is the single largest source of information in Europe. It is produced and collected by public bodies and includes digital maps, meteorological, legal, traffic, financial, economic and other data. Most of this raw data could be re-used or integrated into new products and cross-border services, which we use on a daily basis, such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts, financial and insurance services related the Environment. Re-use of PSI means using it in new ways by adding value to it, combining information from different sources, making mash-ups and new applications, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Open Government is transforming the way organizations across the world handle data and make it available to citizens and communities. In the EU, the PSI Directive sets the legislative framework for the re-use of public information and better access to PSI can improve people's quality of life and make how they interface with government much easier in environmental protection and sustainable development.

Therefore ISESS 2011 calls for papers related to research and implementation of ICT for cross-border eEnvironment services, notably advanced sensor networks, further European Open Government Data Initiative (European OGDI) and Digital Earth vision, particularly:

  • Support the development of an ICT infrastructure for eEnvironment in the DAE, to permit an easy discovery of environmental service nodes on the web and their adaptive chaining (or composition) on demand, could take full advantage of international open standards.
  • Support the European OGDI solution for eEnvironment, to develop and implement free, open-source, cloud-based collection of software assets that government organizations can take advantage of this.
  • Promote access to electronically stored environmental data and information by establishing and maintaining community web access points.
  • Promote international cooperation on the Digital Earth vision, and enable the Digital Earth technology to play key roles inter alia, in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of human being's living standard.
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