Habitats Reference Laboratory

HABITATS extends  user-centric, co-design approaches into the arena of standards design and adoption processes, considering standards initiatives such as INSPIRE, OGC, UNSDI to be significant social, economic and institutional innovations. The elements of approach are maintained, applying the model at all levels from the global  scale of the to the local and regional policies that frame many HABITATS validation pilots. Community building activities follow a Web 2.0 approach to capture the knowledge in active user communities with a strong interest in contributing to the standards development process. By inviting a broad multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary range of concerned stakeholders to participate in the HABITATS network, a viral motivation spiral is set off. A peer-to-peer approach to opening up information sources and providing access to content ensure a rapid extension of the critical mass of environmental data established by project partners.

Reference laboratory allows to deploy current state of the art of technological solution, which will be tested and adopted by Habitats partners and users partners. It allows to test current existing technology and allow to generate further research tasks driven by users.

Reference laboratory will also collected information conning from other projects, which will be important input for Habitats analysis and Habitats public discussion. Method of social assessment will be important part of reference laboratory.

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4th way 2 SDI

What are three common ways, how to build SDI, how 4th way could integrate all this approaches

3 ways of  SDI building

  1. Public administration - this group is oriented on INSPIRE. Data stored on this portals have life cycle. This means that this data are acquired every day, week, month, year, … and it is known when this data was made.
  2. Commercial Public portals –it can be put Google, yahoo and another portals in this group. It is used every day by ordinary users whose looking for some information. This data can't be mainly used because we don't know for example license, property or time of making of data.
  3. Online communities –best known in this group is probably OpenStreetMap . This is open source spatial data which is available all over the world. Data are made by everyone who knows how to do it.  Problem is that this data are made continuously and don't have conditions of checking up of changes. What is big advantage is that it has big human power.


4th way

  • Solution provided by Help Service Remote Sensing, Czech Centre for Science and Society  and WirelessInfo, which is  interconnection of information of public administration, commercial sector and social networks into one large distributed network of information and services.
  • Intellectual Property Rights to information and services are preserved (provider can decide to whom and how the data and the services will be provided).
  • INSPIRE compliant, exploitation of open standards. Our “4th WAY 2 SDI” is a support for building of Single Information Space in Europe for the Environment (SISE) and Shared Environmental Information Space” (SEIS) .

Pyramide versus "SpiderNet" principle

 Abbas Rajabifard at all in „From Local to Global SDI initiatives: a pyramid of building blocks“  defined pyramid as basic infrastructure for building of global SDI. Current experiences demonstrate, that for practical usage is more efficient “spider net infrastructure”, where different local or global levels are able directly share data.  As examples could be for example mentioned cross border systems, system of different communities across Europe or world, etc.

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