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WP1

D1.1 - Quality Assurance Plan

This Month 3 deliverable compiles the main schedules, agreements and definitions that shall support the daily management of the project work, also summarising the specific individuals that were elicited for the different project management bodies. It documents the initial agreements with respect to cooperation, communication and organisation of work, also summarising the latest status with respect to potential risks. It will be set-up at the beginning of the project (i.e. month 3) and updated along the project duration for being able to reflect and communicate any changes with respect to quality and project management related matters. 

Final Report

The SmartOpenData project was funded under the Call ENV.2013.6.5‐3 “Exploiting the European Open Data Strategy to mobilise the use of environmental data and information” and it has been carried out with the conviction that opening up public sector data and information for re‐use has a significant potential to act as an engine for innovation, growth and transparent governance. This was the original vision of the project and its results have proved that exploiting Europe's Open Data Strategy contribute to decision‐making in policy areas, fostering the participation of citizens in environmental governance and generating new innovative products and services.
Using open, readily accessible and freely available Earth Observation data and information as the main original datasources, although SmartOpendata has gone further in some specific cases, by publishing datasets that are not completely public or freely available for Citizenship, the SmartOpenData project has enabled wide access to scientific data using Linked Open Data paradigms and Semantic Web tools.
Therefore, SmartOpenData has discovered, transformed and published several biodiversity and environmental data sources. The datasets to be used were requested (if they were not open) and collected. In some cases, they were completely transformed before publication. Publishing those datasets facilitated full access to this useful information for SMEs, general citizenship, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.

The analysis of Semantic Technologies allowed the project to understand and disseminate the Linked Open Data ‐LOD‐ Technologies inside the geospatial community. Besides this, the dialogue has been enriching in both directions. Indeed, the general principles of geographic information systems and geospatial data were also explained to technical partners, that now know better the natural, environmental and biodiversity contexts.

This approach has allowed researchers in different domains, especially GIS and Data Modelling and Processing, to collaborate on the same data sets, to ensure seamless interoperability of data catalogues, to engage in entirely new forms of scientific research and to explore correlations between research results.

Publishable summary

The SmartOpenData project has completed the creation of a Linked Open Data ‐LOD‐ infrastructure extended throughout Europe. This research infrastructure has five
different pilots as one of its most visible outcome. Nevertheless, those tools and applications are well grounded on several data modelling and data harmonization processes.

The SmartOpenData information environment has been fed, in most cases, by public and freely available existing sources for biodiversity and environment protection and research in rural and European protect areas, National Parks and tourist locations. However, SmartOpendata, has gone further in some specific cases, by publishing datasets that are not completely public or freely available for Citizenship.

In this context, SmartOpenData has reused and recycled existing information from several sources such as public open data portals like GEOSS/GEO Portal, INSPIRE and voluntary data sources like OpenStreetMap. Accordingly, the SmartOpenData infrastructure is based, in first instance, on existing software applications and datasets. Nevertheless, in this second iteration, the project has also developed its own tools and has made public several new datasets using completely innovative publication tools and techniques, at least in regard to geospatial information systems.

Given the asymmetric situation of public data registries and publication across Europe, SmartOpenData, within its scope, has carried out some general tasks in regards to information processing and publication. In each project scenarios, the required datasets and the owners of that information have been sought out. As the original formats were found to be various and inhomogeneous, SmartOpenData partners have selected the most suitable tools for refining, transforming and publishing the data in each specific case or, in some cases, they have developed completely new applications. However, in context of LOD, data publication is just one of the results that could be obtained. Final users demand more than just the information and data and, consequently, the project has made publically available all of the data models and ontologies that accurately describe the generated datasets that are published as LOD.

Therefore, SmartOpenData has defined mechanisms and strategies for searching, acquiring, adapting and publishing Open Data provided by existing sources regarding biodiversity and environment protection in rural and European protected areas and National Parks. The LOD obtained thereby has been used to solve specific semantic queries. As a secondary, but no less important outcome, in addition to the technical aspects and results, SmartOpenData has helped to reduce the gap between the geospatial community and Semantic Web movement led by international standards bodies and universities. Indeed, SmartOpenData has focused on how LOD can be explained to and disseminated into the geospatial community and applied generally to spatial data resources.

At this time, there are several issues that have already been properly answered regarding GIS systems and datasets, but there are still open questions in the context of spatial data as LOD. For example, small geometries encoding or the implementation of topological functions have implemented correctly but those processes could be improved. The vision of the SmartOpenData project in this second period has been widely confirmed: there are many different environmental information sources and their level of openness is varied. And, as a direct consequence, the economic value of the datasets can be greatly improved through its wide public exposition in a proper way.
As a final objective, SmartOpenData contacted several SMEs and stakeholders to offer them the results of the project, with the conviction that the power of Linked Open Data will foster innovation within the environmental sector.

WP2

D2.1 - Requirements of SmartOpenData infrastructure

This Month 3 deliverable contains the Requirements of SmartOpenData infrastructure and describes the basic environmental requirements for the SmartOpenData infrastructure. It will describe the relevant components in the scenarios proposed, the characteristics of these components, how these components can be classified or generalised and what legacy architectures exist,  what the relevant legal and political fundamentals are and what quality constraints exist and how they can be defined in the context of service level agreements (SLA).

D2.2 - User Requirements and use cases

The SmartOpenData project will create a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. Demonstration of impact will be carried out through the implementation of 5 pilots, driven by strategic partners in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Through these pilots the consortium will be able to cover several co-created public services as pilots for environment protection and research, such as Biodiversity protection in different European areas, eGovernment: common policy framework for the management of protected environmental areas by public administrations, environmental research in biodiversity and protected/invasive species, sustainable exploitation of natural resources and land use (wood, biodiesel), Climate change, emergency management and environmental alerts, Training/Learning apps. for researchers, tourism, etc., voluntary engagement in content creation, enrichment, sharing, etc., services for farmers and forest owners in sensitive areas and services for citizens.

This document shows a compilation of user scenarios and requirements associated with these pilots. The requirements and uses cases collected in this document are the basis for all future development tasks. Therefore, this deliverable is a project cornerstone and the exposition will be as clear, simple and deep as possible.

D2.3 - Architecture of SmartOpenData Infraestructure

This deliverable D2.3 is part of WP2, task T2.3. It is based on previous work of tasks T2.1 and T2.2, deliverables D2.1 and D2.3 and their content was defined on Prague meeting of Pilot partners organized on 22nd and 23rd of May. D2.3 defines a reference infrastructure model and high-level technical specification for the project, including its main components and connection points to other tools and systems. There is implemented methodology reference model for open distributed processes (RM – ODP) The reference architecture aims at meeting the technical and user requirements established throughout T2.1 and T2.2, addressing interoperability and multilingualism aspects, metrics engine and interfaces. The reference architecture will define both, platform neutral components and also provides suggestion for concrete implementation. In addition to that document indicates linkages between architecture (WP2), data model (WP3), SmartOpenData Semantic Front-end Facilities (WP4) and demonstration pilots (WP5). This will ensure overall consistency in the development of the main technical project components.

WP3

D3.1 - Review of geographic resources metadata and related metadata standards

This deliverable contains review of existing geographic resource metadata and related metadata standards. The report contains review of available technology implementations to provide existing data serialization and publishing.

The description of the LOD vocabularies is done in two parts - Geographic schemas (chapter 3), which define above all geometry and (types of) features, and Geo-domain vocabularies (chapter 4) working mainly with attributes (descriptive vocabularies).

D3.2 - SmartOpenData Initial Data Model

The 5 pilots that form the core of the SmartOpenData project are very diverse but the INSPIRE data model and infrastructure provide a common reference point. As far as possible, the project will therefore use INSPIRE as the basis for the data structures in each pilot. However; the INSPIRE guidelines have been defined in terms of XML and GML-based schemas, i.e. using non-Linked Data technologies. Some work has already been done to use Linked Data in the context of INSPIRE, notably in the GeoKnow project. The JRC is itself in the process of making the INSPIRE schemata available as RDF/OWL but this work is not yet complete and most of what has been done is not yet publicly available.

By examining the work done in GeoKnow, and by communicating with the JRC and other individuals involved in their work, SmOD partners have been able to make good progress in creating an Initial Data Model that uses Linked Data techniques. As with all such data models, it can readily be extended to cover particular domains and this will certainly happen in each of the pilots, but the initial model provides a core and an approach that can be built upon.

It is expected that the Initial Data Model this will need to be updated later in the project in the light of two factors:

  1. experience of running the pilots;
  2. the eventual publication by the JRC of the RDF schemas for INSPIRE.

Such updates are likely to be relatively minor compared with the bigger hurdle being tackled in each pilot which is to adapt and extend existing data infrastructure to make use of Linked Data technologies and realise the benefits that it offers.

D3.3 - Harmonisation of data to SmartOpenData model. Initial iteration

In this deliverable we present D3.3 “Harmonisation of data to SmartOpenData model. Initial Iteration.” We describe a framework that can assist stakeholders in the processes of data harmonisation and publication. In the initial version of data harmonisation we focus on harmonising tabular data available in one of the text-based formats, such as CSV, TSV, etc, and showcase our framework on the Italian, Spanish and Irish pilots of the framework. We conclude the report by introducing an alternative approach to data harmonisation devised by the Slovakian pilot. This approach complements our framework with the methodology and tools for transforming INSPIRE compliant metadata into RDF via XSL transformations.

D3.4 - The Final SmartOpenData Model





SmartOpenData has drawn on the experience of previous work done by the GeoKnow
project and under the ARE3NA project within the JRC to produce the beginnings of an RDF
vocabulary that mirrors the INSPIRE Data Model. Importantly, the model does not try to
replicate the whole of the INSPIRE model, rather, it offers a model that is suitable for use in
Linked Data structures, one that is amenable to linking geospatial and environmental data to
other sources of data on the Web.
The vocabularies have been installed within the highly stable w3.org namespace and cover
the aspects needed for the pilots conducted within SmartOpenData:
• The Generic Concept Model that underpins INSPIRE
• Protected Sites
• Land Use
• Administrative Units
• Bio-geographical Units
• Species Distribution
• Corine Land Cover
• Environmental Monitoring Facilities
These may be extended by other projects wishing to cover further INSPIRE themes.

D3.5 - Harmonisation of data to SmartOpenData Model.Final iteration



This document is dedicated to harmonising pilots data to the Final SmOD model delivered in D3.4 - The final SmartOpenData model. The model is based on several INSPIRE topics and provides a basis for geospatial and environmental data interoperability. Being such, the model does not cover domain‐specific concepts of the pilots. Hence, initial activities of the data harmonisation task included evaluation of the SmOD model in the context of the pilots. Whenever the model was not sufficient to represent the domain of interest, a search for the existing commonly accepted or standard vocabularies was performed, and if no suitable vocabulary was found, custom terms were developed. These custom terms constituted one of the main outcomes of the current task, the custom SmOD vocabulary. The vocabulary is published at
http://www.w3.org/2015/03/inspire/smod#.

Operational aspects of the data harmonisation task concern data transformations from input data structures to RDF. 3 different approaches were identified based on the pilots’ requirements:

  • CSV‐to‐RDF (Spanish‐Portuguese, Italian and Irish pilots)
  • XML‐to‐RDF (Slovak)
  • RDBMS‐to‐RDF (Czech pilot)

This document explains the approaches, discusses tools and technologies being used to realize them and summarizes the results of the data harmonisation task per pilot.

WP4

D4.1 - Distributed semantic indexing infrastructure

This deliverable reports on the task, led by SINDICE, for the providing of a distributed semantic indexing infrastructure ultimately leading to the software that will serve the use cases – specifically the ARPA and the TRAGSA Use cases.The platform provides ETL workflows for transformation of the environmental data produced by the partners according to the vocabulary defined in WP3. The transformed data is then indexed by Sindice distributed technology “Siren”, then underpinned by Solr or Elasticsearch and made available as a cloud solution for the exploitation plan. The platform unique point is the integration of large scale structured data handling (e.g. database) with powerful textual capabilities, allowing for the integration of all sort of non-structured or semistructured source (articles, reports, legislations, social content) alongside the datasets. Finally, the task goes end to end and demonstrates a first prototype of Software-as-a-Service platform for search based data analytics, which will be then used in the case studies of Tragsa and ARPA.

D4.2 - Visualization framework - Part One



This deliverable describes the design, architecture and use of a semantic visualization tool for representing linked geospatial data for the SmartOpenData (SmOD) project. A semantic visualization linked data tool named SEFARAD has been proposed. This tool provides mechanisms for enabling non skilled GIS users to explore and visualize different kinds of linked data resources with a high level description of classes, properties and relations. SEFARAD enables GIS users to apply faceted browsing features to go beyond the data exploration process to apply specialized linked data visualization features. Furthermore, SEFARAD provides a utility for creating and processing human-readable SPARQL queries as a part of the exploration and visualization process. Functionalities provided by the SEFARAD has been evaluated by using geospatial data from Slovak Environment Agency (SAZP). In this evaluation, about 42770 RDF descriptions that contain information about protected parcels in Slovakia, have been processed, analysed and represented.

Due to the size of the original file, this document is presented in two parts.

D4.2 - Visualization framework - Part Two



This deliverable describes the design, architecture and use of a semantic visualization tool for representing linked geospatial data for the SmartOpenData (SmOD) project. A semantic visualization linked data tool named SEFARAD has been proposed. This tool provides mechanisms for enabling non skilled GIS users to explore and visualize different kinds of linked data resources with a high level description of classes, properties and relations. SEFARAD enables GIS users to apply faceted browsing features to go beyond the data exploration process to apply specialized linked data visualization features. Furthermore, SEFARAD provides a utility for creating and processing human-readable SPARQL queries as a part of the exploration and visualization process. Functionalities provided by the SEFARAD has been evaluated by using geospatial data from Slovak Environment Agency (SAZP). In this evaluation, about 42770 RDF descriptions that contain information about protected parcels in Slovakia, have been processed, analysed and represented.

Due to the size of the original file, this document is presented in two parts.

D4.3 - Administration and notification service

This deliverable defines the functional architecture, APIs and modules of the Administration and Notification Services. It includes a communication layer composed by several functional components such as: communication brokers, proxies and gateways. It also describes the Administration and Notification service developed, including the description of the implemented APIs, data format and functional components. Finally it summarises test and experimental evaluations.

WP5

D5.1 - Rationale of the Pilots

The purpose of this deliverable is to show the results of task that has defined the rationale of the pilots by identifying the most promising real world use cases for the scenarios depicted in previous deliverables. The main goal of this deliverable is to show and demonstrate the impact of the sharing and exploiting data and information from many varied resources, in rural and European protected areas by providing public access to the data. In this sense, the pilots will address results in the domains of public bodies, researchers, companies and citizens. In addition, this task will define the evaluation set-up and the objectives to be evaluated.

D5.2 - First iteration of pilots



The first iteration of pilots demonstrates the level of preparedness of the pilots to use the SmOD architecture and the SmartOpenData models towards the publishing of the data and metadata as the Linked Open Data. The aim of this document is to show the current status of the pilots of the SmartOpenData project. The status represents the technological stage of implementation of new approaches obtained and developed during the project. For most of the partners are technologies used in SmartOpenData (SmOD) rather new, therefore it is obvious, that they could not come with tools, publish dataset, visualise geo datasets etc. in a production environment. It is even very complicated to plan all components of an architecture which is able to publish Linked Open Data (LOD) correctly. This report will be followed by the Final iteration of pilots (D5.3).

Both documents will then mainly describe prototypes of the pilots which will be suitable for testing by the SmartOpenData consortium and end users. The goal of both documents is to cover whole process of creation working prototypes which could be tested in real life environment. These working prototypes developed within this task are available for testing within other WPs, such as WP2 or WP4. The process could not be strictly delimited at some stages of the project, because partners became acquainted with new tools and a LOD approaches in the course of the project schedule. There exists many possible ways to transform, publish or visualize data using the Linked Open Data. In a phase of practical deployment of new technologies there are different use cases hand in hand with different level of IT infrastructure of each partners, it could be tricky to find common approach. However these documents will be trying to show how each partner meets user requirements when implementing the SmartOpenData architecture (D2.3) and connects among each other through the SmartOpenData common model (D3.4).

D5.3 - Final iteration of Pilots - Part One



The SmartOpenData project is creating a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. This final round of pilot iterations completes a set of documents describing a process of technological development of the pilot prototypes, and with help of information about user's requirements and user's feedback led to useful publication of data using LOD technologies. The document is structured into three main chapters:

  1. Chapter 2: Pilot requirements identified after first iteration and collected during the internal and external consultation with the stakeholders,
  2. Chapter 3: Updated pilot architecture and
  3. Chapter 4: Pilots final version. In order to improve simplicity and readability, document is subdivided by countries which are involved in the project.

Due to the size of the original file, this document is published in two parts.

D5.3 - Final iteration of Pilots - Part Two

The SmartOpenData project is creating a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. This final round of pilot iterations completes a set of documents describing a process of technological development of the pilot prototypes, and with help of information about user's requirements and user's feedback led to useful publication of data using LOD technologies. The document is structured into three main chapters:

  1. Chapter 2: Pilot requirements identified after first iteration and collected during the internal and external consultation with the stakeholders,
  2. Chapter 3: Updated pilot architecture and
  3. Chapter 4: Pilots final version. In order to improve simplicity and readability, document is subdivided by countries which are involved in the project.

Due to the size of the original file, this document is published in two parts.

WP6

D6.1 - Evaluation Plan

This document describes the evaluation plan and assessing of the Demonstration Pilots developed in WP5.

Since the pilots are essentially software services based on high quality open data, the evaluation plan must provide an evaluation metric for both data and software quality. The plan follows an iterative verification & validation process, based on ISO/IEC SQuaRE Software Quality Evaluation standards.

The verification phase is done through an internal evaluation process of the artefacts developed in the project, both software and data resources. Software is evaluated through adoption of automated source code checking and automated unit testing tools. Data resources are evaluated through several metrics, such as evaluation of its quality in reference to other sources of similar data (think of 'official' issued data, when applicable), coverage of a domain and other quality indicators provided by the authors or the gatherers.

The validation phase will be carried out through an external evaluation process taking into account the potential users of the Pilots. The main activities of this phase are surveys to these kinds of potential users. The evaluation plan finishes with an initial scheduling of the identified evaluation activities.

D6.2 - User groups set up and analysis

The main aim of this deliverable is to define the framework for interaction with the stakeholders acting as essential indicators pointing for evaluation activities that best represents the further progress of the project, including public bodies, researchers, companies, non-government bodies and citizens. In order to achieve this outcome, user groups will be set up and maintained in order to assess both partners and external users in the increasing adoption of the solutions provided, contributing to building a self-sustainable environment.

This document is the results of Task T6.2 “User groups set up and analysis” creating the part of the dossier within the Work Package (WP) 6 aiming to delineate evaluation of the project results and assessment of their progress. At the same time this WP via activities related to this deliverable serves as the main channel to establish a community building process.

D6.3 - User groups maintenance

The deliverable provides an overview of the maintenance process of the user groups foreseen to represent the stakeholders acting as essential indicators for evaluation activities that best represents the further progress of the project, including public bodies, researchers, companies, non‐government bodies and citizens. This process represents the main result of the Task 6.3 User groups maintenance undertaken within Work Package (WP) 6 "Evaluation, assessment and user groups".
The main ambition of related activities was to identify and address appropriate stakeholders, communicate the relevant project outcomes to them and with their help receive appropriate feedback to improve their quality and usability. At the same time this interaction was also meant to be used for awareness raising to disseminate the results of the project and to collect the outcomes of related discussions and bring them back to the project consortium. The last, but not least, objective of the task was to create sufficient background for the evaluation of the main project outcomes, undertaken by the related tasks and summarized in the appropriate deliverables (D6.4 for pilots and D6.5 for infrastructure).

D6.4 - Evaluation and assessment of pilots

This document describes the results of the activities focused on the evaluation of pilot use cases from the user groups perspective carried out in WP6 (Evaluation, Assessment and User groups) of the SmartOpenData project. Main goal of such evaluation activity is to assess the quality of the developed pilots and verify whether their level meets their specified objectives. Another important objective of this activity was to collect the feedback on the developed pilots via interaction with the internal and external user groups represented by the relevant stakeholders.
In WP6, two evaluation phases were carried out in the project and will be analyzed in this document: an internal evaluation, involving internal user groups representing participants from the main project partners, and an external evaluation, involving external user groups participants of pilot users.

For both evaluations, the document first summarizes the approach used in carrying out the evaluation and its goals. Then, it presents the results of the data collection activity and analyzes its outcomes, possibly by providing comments for the progress in the development of pilots. This version of the deliverable documents the final results and assessment of the internal and external evaluation of the pilots.

D6.5 - Evaluation and assessment of SmartOpenData Infrastructure

This document describes the results of the activities focused on the evaluation of SmartOpenData applications, tools and infrastructure from the user groups perspective
carried out in WP6 (Evaluation, Assessment and User groups) of the SmartOpenData project.
The main goal of such evaluation activity is to assess the quality of the technical architecture and verify whether it meets their specified objectives. Another important objective of this activity was to collect feedback on the developed tools via interaction with the internal and external user groups represented by the relevant stakeholders.
In WP6, two evaluation phases were carried out in the project and are analyzed in this document: an internal evaluation, involving internal user groups representing participants from the main project partners, and an external evaluation, involving external user groups participants of pilot users.
For both evaluations, the document first summarizes the approach used in carrying out the evaluation and its goals. Then, it presents the results of the data collection activity and analyzes its outcomes and possibilities by providing comments for the progress in the technical architecture. This version of the deliverable documents the final results and assessment of the internal and external evaluation of the SmartOpenData Infrastructure.

WP7

D7.1 - Project Website and collaborative Environment

Due to the nature of the deliverable D7.1 Project website and Collaborative environment, it is not possible to send it or upload in SESAM Deliverables Management Page. Consequently, this document will just show the links to the web pages and will act as a file to be uploaded in SESAM.

D7.10 - Informational factsheet

Project informational factsheet and leaflet. This leaflet, in Leaflets section, is available in many others languages.

D7.2 - Governance model and Liaisons

This report is one of the two text outputs of the 7.1 task which aims at creating a stable best practice network in order to connect public bodies, researchers and companies to access and use the solutions identified in simple manner, accelerating the publication of open data and its sustainable and profitable use. Both reports will jointly lead to design a suitable Governance model which will cover the governance rules for the partners in the SmartOpenData infrastructure. The deliverable will also lead the collaboration with other projects and institutions and connections with relevant national and European standardisation bodies. It includes the following activities: (a) Exploitation of synergies / technical concertation. (b) Joint activities for exchange, dissemination and training. (c) Coordination of standardisation efforts. (d) Contribution to repositories of reference implementations. (e) The specific plan for collaboration, including the specific working group for this project will be detailed in these deliverables.

D7.3 - Final liaisons report



The SmartOpenData project is creating a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. This report is one of the two text outputs of the 7.1 task which aims at creating a stable best practice network in order to connect public bodies, researchers and companies to access and use the solutions identified in simple manner, accelerating the publication of open data and its sustainable and profitable use. Both reports the Annual Liaisons Report (D7.2) and the Final Liaisons Report (D7.3) will jointly lead to design a suitable Governance model which will cover the governance rules for the partners in the SmartOpenData infrastructure. The deliverables will also lead the collaboration with other projects and institutions and connections with relevant national and European standardisation bodies. It includes the following activities: (a) Exploitation of synergies / technical concertation. (b) Joint activities for exchange, dissemination and training. (c) Coordination of standardisation efforts. (d) Contribution to repositories of reference implementations. (e) The specific plan for collaboration, including the specific working group for this project will be detailed in these deliverables.

D7.6 - Dissemination Plan

Initial Report on project and partner dissemination activities. This deliverable will be launched at the end of Month 3.

D7.7 - Annual Dissemination Report

The project faced a challenge early on to bring the many partners together and to establish SmartOpenData as a relevant and important part of the broader landscape. Both of these challenges have been met through extensive dissemination and communication so that the project is in good shape as the pilots get fully under way in year 2.

D7.8 - Final dissemination report



The SmartOpenData project brought together public sector bodies concerned with environmental issues as well as researchers and SMEs that can broadly be categorised as being from either the geospatial or Linked Data communities. Many partners had not worked together before and so one challenge faced was related to internal dissemination. The graphic presented by Frans Knibbe of Geodan at the project's Linking Geospatial Data workshop in March 2014 (Mrs Globe and Mr Cube) effectively summarises this difference in world views.
The division proved to be very real in the early stages of the project, however, it has long been overcome and many partners are now working towards future collaborations. Externally, the pilots have provided opportunities for data holders and data users to work together, thus disseminating project results and, more importantly, a shared understanding of the issues and opportunities. An obvious manifestation of this coming together is that SmartOpenData led directly to the formation of the Spatial Data on the Web Working Group, collaboration between OGC and W3C that is attracting significant attention from around the world.
These direct interactions between partners, inside and outside the project, are augmented by the usual online activities including the project website, LinkedIn group, Twitter feed and a long list of workshops and conferences at which SmartOpenData has been highlighted.

D7.9 - Policy brief

The SmartOpenData project has created a Linked Open Spatial Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environmental protection, and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks.
This Policy Brief explains the main benefits and advantages discovered during the implementation of this technological approach (Linked Open Data) in the context of spatial data regarding environmental information. Similarly, a brief exposition about Open Government, Open Data and the links between those concepts and Linked Open Data will be shown. Accordingly, a brief exposition about Linked Open Data principles is given in the introduction.
The project results, which are presented in a descriptive and non‐technical way, allow the definition of a set of recommendations for Data Providers that would like to process and publish their information as Geospatial Information/Linked Open Data (GI/LOD). The SmartOpenData approach is simple and logical; therefore, it can be implemented in any other scenario. It is important to know that generated GI/LOD and its supporting tools and applications should meet a number of general objectives that were presented in documents of Work Package 2 – Requirements and Architecture, and, again, are presented in a summarized way.
GI/LOD Publication involves a number of additional efforts. After the tasks carried out, SmartOpenData can offer a list of recommendations that facilitate the implementation of GI/LOD and could avoid some of the problems that the project has solved during its lifetime.

In conclusion, the question related to “Why Linked Open Data”, as a natural extension of Open Data, should be supported and enhanced in a general context, and specially, in the specific area of geospatial and environmental data is answered, developed and argued.

Leaflets

Czech version

Regarding our difussion activities in a multilingual way, here you are the Czech version of our leaflet.

Italian version

Regarding the dissemination of our results in a multilingualism way, here you are the Italian version of our Leaflet.

Latvian version

Regarding the dissemination of our results in a multilingualism way, here you are the Latvian version of our Leaflet.

Portuguese version

As stated in our description of work, the project has the goal of disseminate its results, and distribute information for public and potential third party companies and institutions interested in exploiting the results. These distribution materials will include: newsletters, brochures and presentation materials describing the project and multilingual flyers. Regarding this aim, here you are the Portuguese of our Leaflet.

Russian version

As stated in our description of work, the project has the goal of disseminate its results, and distribute information for public and potential third party companies and institutions interested in exploiting the results. These distribution materials will include: newsletters, brochures and presentation materials describing the project and multilingual flyers. Regarding this aim, here you are the Russian version of our Leaflet.

Slovakian version

Regarding the dissemination of our results in a multilingualism way, here you are the Slovakian version of our Leaflet.

SmartOpenData Leaflet

Look into the new version of SmartOpenData leaflet and learn what is new in the SmartOpenData project.

The project leaflet is now ready. You can download it on the following link:

Spanish version

Regarding the dissemination of our results in a multilingualism way, here you are the Spanish version of our Leaflet.

Others

Informational factsheet

Supporting EC FP7 communication strategies, an informational factsheet and a set of re-usable illustrations will be created at the beginning of the project and it could be updated, when required, during project lifetime. The deliverable D7.10 will contain all these informations.

Requirements of the SmartOpenData Infrastructure

The Linked Open Data strategy is becoming a source of unprecedented visibility, enabling the generation of new businesses and significant advances for research in the environmental area. Nevertheless, in order for this strategy to become a reality, it is necessary to advance the publication of existing environmental data, usually owned by public bodies.

SmartOpenData launching meeting agenda

Linked Open Data for environment protection in Smart Regions