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oBackground - SEISThe Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is acollaborative initiative of the European Commission and theEuropean Environment Agency (EEA) to establish together withthe Member States an integrated and shared EU-wideenvironmental information system.The scope is to establish an environmental information systemto better share data within Europe and beyond. Such a systemshould lead to an improvement in the quality of data andinformation, in its management, in use and in dissemination.SEIS will be based on a distributed Network of publicinformation providers, to be built incrementally by MemberStates and at the EU level.The SEIS concept is based on the principles applied in theINSPIRE directive for EU spatial information that should be:• managed as closely as possible to its source• provided once and shared with others for many purposes• enabling easy targeted comparisons at the proper scale• publicly available –also in national language(s)- afterproper aggregation and consideration of confidentiality issuesEnvironmental information flow according to the SEIS principles(source: EEA)Why NESISNESIS is a Network to support public authorities in addressingthe problems of providing information for monitoring andreporting environmental impacts and threats. By fostering ashared vision for information and reporting systems and bypromoting an interoperable information infrastructure, NESISsupports SEIS with a roadmap as an action plan for theevolution towards a distributed, standardised infrastructurebased on shared access rather than centralized reporting.NESIS is intended to bridge the gap between the ICT domainand the public authorities mandated to create, manage andexchange environmental information.The Network will leverage the existing EIONET Community, i.e.some 900 experts from over 300 agencies and other bodies in38 Countries, with the consolidation of existing best practices,implementing a bi-directional local-global approach.Objectives• a stakeholder forum for best practices, with indicationsand solutions about the management/flow of environmentalinformation: EIONET involvement is a key factor to leverageand exploit the existing pool of competence and experience• a roadmap, through stakeholders consultation, for theimplementation of SEIS as a sustainable distributed system• to structure the needs of the compliancy process towardsINSPIRE, used as the SEIS backbone for geodata exchange;• to streamline SEIS implementation with other EUinitiatives, e.g. GMES• to involve stakeholders at the local and regional level,facilitating cross-fertilisation of ideas and proposals, also toindividuate specific pilot initiatives.A Network to enhance aEuropean Environmental Sharedand InteroperableInformation SystemICT PSP Grant AgreementNo. 225062Activities and outcomesThe expected outcomes will be focused also to privilege themutual exchange between regional, national and internationalauthorities rather than the one-way flow from Member States tothe EU, which typifies today’s reporting methodologies.As main activities it can be quoted the preparation of reports ofthe state-of-play in Environmental Information systems andservices and an ICT roadmap, as well as the collection andorganisation of Best Practices. Moreover general workshopsare foreseen, and local ones by the National Focal Points tomake aware about NESIS as much stakeholders as possible.Finally, the NESIS Network will be proposed as a SDIC tosupport the INSPIRE Directive implementation.NESIS and information management• demand: Member States face an increasing request forenvironmental information. To better respond, the latest ICTdevelopments for distributed management and systemoriented architecture will be explored• reuse: it is recognised that there is a need for optimisingcooperation (information reported once but used by many)• semantics: data are often not comparable betweencountries due to diverging definition or collection• timeliness: despite the state of ICT, environmental dataand information are often several years old when archived.Integration of (near) real time monitoring data will be explored• interoperability: integrated assessment and policiesimplies connectivity and interoperability between sectors andacross environmental compartments and geographical scales• data flow: there is not a single model to organise dataflow, to be developed upon diverse needs in the topic areas• data sharing: the challenge, both for Member States andEU institutions, is to improve data sharing at all levels,enabling better knowledge of effects and effectiveness of EU’senvironmental measuresImpactProspected impact derives from a collaborative framework forsharing Best Practices on ICT procedures for the environmentand for an effective use of SEIS, from the definition of animplementation roadmap to sharing experience on the test anduse of SEIS. The immediate output is then a proposal toaccompany the SEIS implementation process.The stakeholder target group is the EIONET Community,starting from the NFP’s already present to an enlarged nationalscope comprising all the EU27 and EFTA Countries.The long term target is to involve regional and localstakeholders, as well as those of other Communities (frompublic sector to the private, Academic and NGO civil society).NESIS and SEIS potential stakeholders (source: EEA)


Project sheetName A Network to enhance a European Environmental Shared and Interoperable Information SystemAcronym NESISProgramme ICI PSP Grant Agreement No.225062Duration May 2008 – October 2010URLhttp://www.nesis.euPartnershipThe NESIS consortium is composed of 16 partners representative of 14 EU and Associated Countries.The project co-ordinator, GISIG - Geographical Information Systems International Group - is a European Association, promoterof networking projects and Thematic Networks in geo-information.Most of the partners (12 upon 16) are EIONET National Focal Points (NFPs). Their participation guarantees a real involvementand commitment of the main actors which will be involved in the development and application of SEIS, with a strong connectionto the diverse groups of target users and stakeholders in the different European countries.NESIS is an open network intended to group the EIONET Community and the diverse stakeholders in Environmental DataManagement at a European level.GISIG - Geographical Information SystemsInternational Group, (ITALY) www.gisig.itTel. +39 010 83 55 588Contact: Giorgio Saiogisig@gisig.itCENIA – ceska informacni agentura zivotnihoprostredi, (CZECH REPUBLIC) www.cenia.czTel. +420 267 225 226Contact: Mr. Jiri Hradecjiri.hradec@cenia.czStatens Forurensningstilsyn, (NORWAY)www.sft.noTel. +47 22573407Contact: Mr. Johnny Auestadjau@sft.noIstituto Superiore per la Protezione e la RicercaAmbientale, (ITALY) www.apat.itTel. +39 06 50072177Contact: Mr. Claudio Maricchioloclaudio.maricchiolo@apat.itUmweltbundesamt Gmbh, (AUSTRIA)www.umweltbundesamt.atTel. +43 (0)1 313 04 - 3240Contact: Mr. Johannes Mayerjohannes.mayer@umweltbundesamt.atICCOPS - Landscape, Natural and CulturalHeritage Observatory, (ITALY) www.iccops.itTel. +39 010 84 68 526Contact: Emanuele Roccatagliataroccatagliata@iccops.itTietoEnator Eesti AS, (ESTONIA)www.tietoenator.comTel. +372 611 5220Contact: Mr. Ander Tennoander.tenno@tietoenator.comMinistry of Agriculture, Natural Resources andEnvironment, (REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS)www.moa.gov.cyTel. 0035722303859Contact: Ms. Nasia Dikigoropouloundikigoropoulou@environment.moa.gov.cyKatholieke Universiteit Leuven, (BELGIUM)www.sadl.kuleuven.beTel. +32 16 326504Contact: Danny Vandenbrouckedanny.vandenbroucke@SADL.kuleuven.beSlovenska Agentura Zivotneho Prostredia,(SLOVAK REPUBLIC) www.sazp.skTel. +421 48 4374131Contact: Mr. Vladimir Benkovladimir.benko@sazp.skKornyezetvedelmi es Vizugyi Miniszterium,(HUNGARY) www.kvvm.huTel. +36 1 487 85 65Contact: Mr. Pal Bozobozo@mail.kvvm.huUmhverfisstofnun - Environmental Agency ofIceland, (ICELAND) www.ust.isTel. +354 591 2000Contact: Mr. Gunnar Johssongunnar@ust.isMalta Environment & Planning Authority,(MALTA) www.mepa.org.mtTel. 00356 22901593Contact: Mr. Antoine Zahraantoine.zahra@mepa.org.mt.Institut Français de l’Environnement, (FRANCE)www.ifen.frTel. +33 238797891Contact: Mr. Jacques Thorettejacques.thorette@ifen.ecologie.gouv.frNaturvardsverket, (SWEDEN)www.naturvardsverket.seTel. +46 8 698 12 75Contact: Ms. Ninni Borenninni.boren@naturvardsverket.seAplinkos Apsaugos Agentura, (REPUBLIC OFLITHUANIA) http://aaa.am.ltTel. +370 5 2662801Contact: Mr. Liutauras Stoskusl.stoskus@aaa.am.ltNESIS SecretariatGISIG: Via Piacenza 54 16138 Genova (IT) Tel. +39 010 8355588 Fax +39 010 8357190e-mail: gisig@gisig.it URL: http://www.gisig.it

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