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Workshop Description:

The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is one of three major initiatives along with the INSPIRE Directive and the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) undertaken by Europe to collect and share environmental information for the benefit of the global society.

Different efforts are now emerging towards the creation of infrastructures and platforms for Environmental Information Systems and Services – including Infrastructures for flexible discovery and chaining of distributed environmental services.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have an essential role to play in the context of Environmental systems as they provide the necessary support in terms of tools, systems and protocols to establish a dynamic environmental space of collaboration in a more and more sophisticated digital world. Core challenges are not only related to providing seamless environmental data access to public authorities, businesses and the public at large, but also to allowing for interoperable environmental services based on Web technologies, and stimulating new market opportunities. ICT for environmental collaboration is widely recognised as a major step for addressing complex management issues including adaptation to climate change and sustainable management of urban environment. The European Commission recently funded several projects in the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a core focus on ICT for Environmental Services and Climate Change aiming at providing the foundations for an infrastructure for monitoring, predicting and managing the environment and its natural resources. 

In this context, this workshop aims to tackle the research problems as well as practical experiences around frameworks, methods, concepts, models, languages and technologies that enable enhanced environmental service infrastructures and platforms.  Environmental Information Systems are migrating towards being provided as Software as a Service (SaaS) and will benefit from the utilisation and specialisation of emerging Infrastructures as a Service (IaaS) and Platforms as a Service (PaaS) as this is emerging under the umbrellas of Cloud and Grid computing as well as the evolution of the Future Internet.

Of particular interest are the architectural, technical, and developmental foundations of infrastructures supporting flexible discovery and chaining of distributed environmental services, and showing how they combine synergistically to enable better collaborations on the scale required by Future Internet connected environments. The workshop aims to bring together researchers (e.g. leading modelers, architects, system vendors, open-source projects, developers, domain experts, and end-users) from academia, industry and government addressing many of these issues (including recent developments in tools and techniques, and real-world implementations of environmental infrastructures), and promote and foster a greater understanding of how open environmental service infrastructures can enable enhanced collaboration between public authorities, businesses and the general public for a better management of  the environment and its natural resources. 

Expected Outcomes:

Understanding of requirements from Environmental Information systems and Environmental services for their special needs related to Infrastructures and Platforms as a Service

Stimulate discussion between participants regarding challenges and opportunities of open infrastructures for discovery and chaining of distributed environmental services.

Provide an interdisciplinary overview of existing discovery and chaining solutions making use of environmental services that have been developed for specific problems.

Document the current state of the art and identify the next steps in research towards a common infrastructure for discovery and chaining of distributed environmental services.

Important Dates

Extended Deadline for Submission: 23rd August 2010 01.09.2010

Notification of acceptance: 14th September 2010

Camera ready submission of paper: 24th September 2010

Submissions and Proceedings

All submissions should be written in English as position statements (from 2-4 pages) or as full papers (from 8-10 pages) and conform to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines as specified here. . They will be selected on the basis of reviews by at least two members of the Program Committee. The proceedings will be published online (with ISSN). Submissions should be uploaded as PDF files through the EasyChair conference system here.

Relevant Projects

  • ENVISION (website)
    ENVIronmental Services Infrastructure with Ontologies
  • NETMAR (website)
    Open service network for marine environmental data
  • OEPI (website)
    Exploring and Monitoring Any Organisation's Environmental Performance Indicators
  • PESCADO (website)
    Personalized Environmental Service Configuration and Delivery Orchestration
  • SUDPLAN (website)
    Sustainable Urban Development Planner for Climate Change Adaptation
  • TATOO (website)
    Tagging Tool based on a Semantic Discovery Framework
  • UncertWeb (website)
    The Uncertainty Enabled Model Web
  • UrbanFlood (website)
    Building an Early Warning System Framework for European Cities
  • GENESIS (website)
    GENeric European Sustainable Information Space for environment
  • ICT-ENSURE (website)
    ICT for Environmental Sustainability Research
  • GIGAS (website)
    GEOSS INSPIRE and GMES an Action in Support
  • Sany (website)
    Sensors Anywhere
  • Orchestra (website)
    Open Architecture and Spacial Data

Workshop topics:

  • Infrastructures for Environmental services, including communication, storage and processing services for Environmental Information Systems
  • Platforms for Environmental services, including development tools for user interfaces, decision support applications, workflows and service chaining for Environmental Information Systems
  • Discovery of environmental models and services
  • Composition/chaining techniques of distributed environmental models and services
  •  Integration of Internet of Services (IoS), Internet of Things (IoT, SensorWeb) and Internet of Content (IoC) technologies  to support the needs of future Environmental Information Systems and Services
  • Semantic SensorWeb and Semantic services
  •  Migration of environmental models to be provided as a service on the Web
  • Uncertainty management in environmental services
  • Open standards for modeling, specification, design and analysis of environmental models and services
  •  Frameworks and architectures for environmental services
  • Case studies for environmental services infrastructures
  • User interface frameworks and platforms for portal development
  •  Decision support portals for role-oriented decision support
  •  Multilinguality services and use of Ontologies
  • Modeling and simulation of environmental models and services
  • MDA (OMG Model Driven Architecture) for environmental services
  • Best practices and guidelines for developing environmental services
  • Semantic aspects, ontologies, and frameworks for environmental services
  • Environmental service execution, monitoring, and mediation 
  • Adaptability and recovery strategies for environmental services


The keynotes for the ENVIP workshop will be shared with the ENVIROINFO conference. The program of the conference is here.
Thursday 09:00-10:30, KEYNOTE (EnviroInfo) and Coffee Break
Thursday 10:30-12:30, Session 1
Infrastructures with Semantic annotation and Uncertainty
Chairs: Arne J. Berre, SINTEF and Denis Havlik, Austrian Institute of Technology)
  • article/video/slides Closing the discovery gap in environmental information resources using semantic annotations: the TaToo Approach
    by Tomas Pariente Lobo, Mauricio Ciprian, Gerald Schimak, Giuseppe Avellino, and Sascha Schlobinski
  • article/video/slides Validation Scenario for Anthropogenic Impact and Global Climate Change for Tatoo
    by Jiri Hrebicek, Ladislav Dusek, Miroslav Kubasek, Jiri Jarkovsky, Karel Brabec, Ivan Holoubek, Lukas Kohut, and Jaroslav Urbanek
  • article/video/slides Service-Based Infrastructure for User-Oriented Environmental Information Delivery
    by Leo Wanner, Harald Bosch, Nadjet Bouayad-Agha, Ulrich Bügel, Gerard Casamayor, Thomas Ertl, Ari Karppinen, Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Tarja Koskentalo, Simon Mille, Jürgen Moßgraber, Anastasia Moumtzidou, Maria Myllynen, Emanuele Pianta, Marco Rospocher, Horacio Saggion, Luciano Serafini, Virpi Tarvainen, Sara Tonelli, Thomas Usländer, and Stefanos Vrochidis
  • article/video/slides The uncertainty enabled model web (UncertWeb)
    by Edzer Pebesma, Dan Cornford, Stefano Nativi, and Christoph Stasch
  • Discussions (45 min)
Thursday 12:30-13:30, Lunch Break
Thursday 17:00-18:00, Session 2: ENVIP Discussion
Chair: Sven Schade, JRC
Friday 09:00-10:30, KEYNOTE (EnviroInfo) and Coffee Break
Friday 10:00-10:30, Session 3
Infrastructures with Decision support and Augmented Reality
Chair: Patrick Maué, University of Münster
  • article/video/slides Sustainable Urban Development Planner for Climate Change Adaptation (SUDPLAN)
    by Lars Gidhagen, Ralf Denzer, Sascha Schlobinski, Frank Michel, Peter Kutschera, and Denis Havlik
  • article/video/slides On-Site Monitoring of Environmental Processes using Mobile Augmented Reality (HYDROSYS)
    by Ernst Kruijff, Erick Mendez, Eduardo Veas, and Thomas Gruenewald
Friday 11:00-12:30, Session 4
Infrastructures with Ontologies and Environmental indicators
Chair: Jose Lorenzo Mon, ATOS Research
  • article/slides Ontologies and Ontology Extension for Marine Environmental Information Systems
    by Adam Leadbetter, Torill Hamre, Roy Lowry, Yassine Lassoued, and Declan Dunne
  • article/slides Bringing sustainability to the daily business: The OEPI Project
    by Daniel Meyerholt, Jorge Marx Gomez, Ali Dada, Joerg Bremer, and Barbara Rapp
  • article/slides GENESI-DEC: a federative e-infrastructure for Earth Science data discovery, access, and on-demand processing
    by Roberto Cossu, Fabrizio Pacini, Fabrice Brito,Luigi Fusco, Eliana Li Santi, and Andrea Parrini
  • article/video/slides Supporting Environmental Information Systems and Services Realization with the Geo-Spatial and Streaming Dimensions of the Semantic Web
    by Emanuele Della Valle and Alessio Carenini
  • Discussions (30 min)
Friday 12:30-13:30, Lunch Break
Friday 13:30-15:00, Session 5
Infrastructures with Discovery and service chaining
Chair: Dumitru Roman, SINTEF
  • article/video/slidesAdaptable Environmental Service Chains: The Challenges of Distributed Execution and Information Collection
    by George Athanasopoulos, Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, Pigi Kouki, Ioannis Pogkas, Michael Pantazoglou
  • article/video/slides A new Approach to Collaborative Information Processing in Complex Environmental Management Problems
    by Gregor Pavlin, Michiel Kamermans, and Kees Nieuwenhuis
  • article/video/slidesSupporting Content Provision in Environmental Information Infrastructures
    by Sven Schade and Laura Díaz
  • Discussions (60 min)

Organisation Committee:

Program Committee:

  • Ioannis N. Athanasiadis - IDSIA
  • Nils Rune Bodsberg, SINTEF, Norway
  • Dan Cornford. Aston University, UK
  • Ali Dada, SAP, Germany
  • Lars Gidhagen, SMHI, Sweden
  • Miha Grcar, IJS, Slovenia
  • Jorge Marx Gomez, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Klaus Greve, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Avellino Giuseppe - ElsagDatamat
  • Torill Hamre, NERSC, NORWAY
  • Denis Havlik, AIT, Austria
  • Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Joel Langlois, BRGM, France
  • Paolo Mazzetti, CNR, Italy
  • Olaf Østensen, Norwegian Mapping Agency, Norway
  • Edzer Pebesma, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Zoheir Sabeur, Univ. Southampton, UK
  • Sven Schade, JRC-IES, Italy
  • Bernard Stevenot, Spacebel, Belgium
  • Gerald Schimak, AIT, Austria
  • Ioan Toma, STI Innsbruck, Austria
  • Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, NKUA, Greece
  • Leo Wanner, UPF, Spain
  • Kym Watson, Fraunhofer - IOSB, Germany