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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EUROPE is addressing issues such as globalization, climate change, environmental problems, etc., where borders count very little and interest of citizens on a day-to-day basis must be promoted. In order to enable citizens, regional and local communities to derive full benefit from setting-up an area without internal frontiers, the Lisbon Treaty points out that the Union shall establish and develop trans-European networks and shall promote the interconnection and interoperability of such networks.


INSPIRE directive considers that spatial information is needed for the implementation of Community policies which must integrate environmental protection in accordance with Article 6 of the Treaty, and  establishes the bases for an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe in order to support Union environmental policies and those activities which may have an impact on the environment.


INSPIRE also remarks the problems related to availability, quality, organization, accessibility, use and interoperability of spatial information so defines 34 spatial data themes related to environmental applications and requires, in order to ensure that infrastructures of the Member States are compatible and usable in a trans-boundary context, that common Implementing Rules are adopted for all Member States.


INSPIRE defines these Implementation Rules in specific areas: Metatada, Data Specifications, Network Services, Data and Service Sharing and Monitoring and Reporting.


HABITATS project (Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats) focuses in the adoption of INSPIRE standards through a participatory process to design and validate Data, Metadata and Services Specifications with real citizens and business.

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