1st workshop February 8

First workshop: February 8, 2018, Brussels
Venue: Martin’s Brussel EU, Boulevard Charlemagne 80, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

Draft programme 
version: February 4, 2018

9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 Welcome & introduction Commission
10.30 Introduction to the project – what – why – whom – how Contractor
Good practices  Environmental Information Systems (EIS): setting the scene by presenting a number of Environmental information portals of Member States:

  • Ireland – Fiona O’ Rourke (EPA)
  • Germany – Markus Meinert (MoE)



11.15 Coffee break



  • Netherlands – Wideke Boersma (Geonovum)
  • Romania -Brînduşa Petroaica (EPA)

Discussion on perspective of MS on good practices

12.30 Lunch break



Introduction of the long list & short statistics,

  • identifying gaps and how to complete?






Good practices. What does it mean?
Short introduction of the Categories of EISs and the list of criteriaBreak-out sessies:Each session will first focus on one main perspective of the categorisation (users, content, source or re-use) and discuss the division in categories. Next they will discuss the list of presented criteria and prioritise them for their categories.


Break out session Categories/criteria

15.30 Tea break




Short introduction on:

  • Reusable tools for data harvesting and mining
  • User needs to define user requirements for data harvesting EISs:




16.15 – 16.30 Wrap up & closing Commission/contactor


‘Environmental Information Systems (EISs) in Europe’

This workshop is the first workshop of a series of three, all held in 2018, which will set the scope for the work in the project. it will focus on three main questions for discussion:

  • What EISs are around?
  • What does define a good EIS?
  • What will be the user requirements to retrieve useful information from the EISs?

Good practices Environmental Information Systems (EIS): setting the scene and types or categories of EISs.

The project team is collecting information on EISs in Europe and set out a survey to the stakeholders to collect a long list of EISs in Europe Since there are many varieties of EISs we came up with a high-level categorization in three different types all covering one and preferable more environmental domains:

  1. Environmental information portals. Portals that focus on presenting the information as a ‘full story’ meaning the information is presented in visualized maps and graphs based on data. These portals provide a description of the findings in text targeted at specific stakeholders varying form citizens (laymen) up the professional experts.
  2. Data portals containing data sets for viewing and preferable also for downloading. This can be research infrastructures, national (open) data (geo)portals covering many different domains
  3. Discovery portals presenting registries and/or catalogues of data by use of metadata of the data preferable using standards for describing datasets (ISO19115, Dublin core, DCAT and the like). The portals provide means to search (on metadata elements) and/or explore data (maps and/or tables/listings)

In the workshop we will present the first results of the inventory and some preliminary stats and review/discuss the results and the categorisation.

Criteria to assess the performance of EISs

In order to find and describe good practices, criteria need to be set. In the fitness check and various other documents and projects criteria are mentioned, such as effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, EU-added value and relevance. These criteria are collected and are used assessing different types of EISs. The outcomes help to create guidelines to create and/or improve new and current EISs. In the workshop we present our findings of the criteria from a desk research and like to discuss with the participant to come to a prioritized list of criteria useful to include in the guidance document.

Defining user requirements for data harvesting EISs

We will start with defining the requirements form the user point of view to make data harvesting useful for different kind of users. We propose three categories of users:

  • Users in e-Reporting (make reporting and use less demanding)
  • Users working on evidence based policy making (to decide on new policy based on fact finding methods)
  • Users that analyse environmental data to evaluate certain policies and legal consequenses, also covering judgments

We will present a first draft of these user needs and in the workshop we would like to receive feedback on the cases to improve and/or confirm the base to extract the proper requirements. In the project this is used to build a first demonstrator with building blocks of (re-usable) software to provide the required functionality to end users.

Hope to see many of the stakeholders in Brussels on February 8 2018.

Survey EISs

As preparation for the first workshop, you are most welcome to fill in the questionnaire as your contribution is crucial for the success of the project.

Go to the survey.