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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Tenerife Geoportal

"The project GeoCID, in which the Island Government of Tenerife participates in the context of the European program INTERREG IIIB, aims to promote the popularization and the provision of geographical services to the citizenship creating value and achieving return on the investment in geographic information. A short introduction to the territorial context of the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, is followed by an outline of the conditions of the project, consisting of the implantation of the so-called geoportal GeoCID (www.atlastenerife.eu). The technological solution follows a top-down approach implementing INSPIRE principles adapted to Spanish legislation. The geoportal provides a web based catalogue and a map client which enables users to discovery and view geographic information. For the Government of Tenerife, the geoportal GeoCID is constituted as a transversal tool which allows the integral management of the life cycle of the geoinformation, from it's creation to it's publication."
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