Topic SENSE follow up scenarios

05 Dec 2014 16:20:04, ansorchr

End of September we conducted a survey to get your feedback on SENSE-3. Based on the results of the survey, which are available in the SENSE Forum, we started to develop first ideas for SENSE-3 follow up activities. At the moment we developed three different scenarios which we would like to discuss with you. All three of them contribute in different way to the development and implementation of SEIS and are not exclusive. We would like to include you in the discussion process to get your view and opinion on these different further approaches.

All three scenarios are to different degrees related to SOE Online, an EEA project which will start in 2015 and is currently in its preparation phase. The use case of each scenario related to SOE Online is expected to become more specific when the preparation phase is finished.


Scenario A - Further development of DCAT use cases

A more IT oriented approach is to explore possibilities to streamline the SENSE data flow with focus on the provision of data and assessments directly on Open Data Portals. Within SENSE-3, EEA is collecting the feed with the intention to make it again accessible on Open Data portals. Based on the current situation the mechanism for supporting the distributed system characteristic of SENSE shall be explored. On a long-term scale EEA shouldn’t be the central data hub, but one of many users accessing distributed SENSE data via different channels. This scenario includes the exploration how environmental data and information can be published (e.g. as Open Data) in a standardised manner to be reused for different purposes.

This scenario is linked with Scenario C which is focusing on the effective reuse of individual components of indicator resources.


Scenario B – European environmental indicator catalogue

A less IT oriented follow-up activity is to focus on the mapping between environmental indicators. Already in SENSE-3 we started to build on relations between environmental indicators starting with the 9 indicators used in SOER 2015 Part-C. Within SENSE-3 we aim to visualise the relations between EEA and national indicators within our EEA products.

This scenario would include the further collection of indicator mappings beyond the 9 indicators we were touching within SENSE-3. This could be the extension of the number of indicators we are mapping and include also country to country mappings. The long-term goal of this scenario would be to establish and maintain a European environmental indicator catalogue. This includes the development of more pragmatic and efficient procedures for data collection, management and governance has to be developed. A platform for the visualisation and distribution of the mapping of EEA and national indicators could be SOE Online or national indicator resources.


Scenario C – Indicator content integration

This more IT oriented scenario is aiming at the exploration of mechanisms on how the actual content of the national assessments (e.g. key message, figures, data, narrative) can be identified and reused in an automated way. One use case would be to reuse elements from national indicator resources on European level (e.g. in SOE Online) or vice versa. This scenario was initiated already by SENSE-2 but not continued within SENSE-3 as the actual content of the national indicator resources in the web was considered as diverse and no short-term benefit for SOER 2015 was visible. Therefore SENSE-3 was focusing on the metadata level of environmental assessments only. The scope of this scenario would be to harvest and integrate targeted elements of national indicator resources published in the web and to explore possibilities of their reuse across systems and platforms.

This scenario would include further exploration on how the individual elements of environmental assessment websites can be integrated in and reused by other web platforms (such as SOE Online). To achieve this goal, Linked Data seems to be one possible technology for effective referencing and integration of indicator content modules.

Message Feedback from Sweden on the scenarios
26 Mar 2015 07:51:38, mattsulr

Scenario A

We support this approach and have an ongoing project to make it possible for EEA to collect DCAT-AP metadata from our central metadata catalogue (GeoNetwork). We will make the metadata available in the same manner in the Swedish Open data portal. We think the use of stable links in the metadata will be our first approach to supply the actual data.


Scenario B

A European environmental indicator catalogue would support Scenario A. In what way does this relate to the ongoing DIMESA/Eurostat streamlining project (on behalf of the EEA, the JRC, DG Environment and Eurostat)?

From a presentation by Eurostat in april 2014 on this project:

To identify overlap of indicators, merge/eliminate indicators, reduce double work and reporting

Goal 1: to publish an inventory of EU environmental indicators with metadata files

Goal 2: to run a streamlining exercise and see how similar indicators can be harmonised

Development of the Environmental Indicators Metadata Catalogue to be

published on Eurostat

viewed by theme or by indicator developer


Scenario C

We will start to work with linked data for metadata and probably go on to linked data for masterdata. Making linked data out of the raw data seems further away.


All the best

The Swedish Sense 3 project through Ulrika Domellöf Mattsson