Title: Environmental Information Systems on the Internet: A Need for Change
Citation: Environmental Software Systems. Frameworks of eEnvironment Environmental Software Systems. Frameworks of eEnvironment vol. 359 p. 144–153
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC63948
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/7t6112127646x441/
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-22285-6
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The cost effective delivery of scientific and policy requirements is a key driver for the realization of global sustainability research, integrated assessment and supporting innovative systems. The next generation of geospatial information infrastructures is proposed as a possible solution. Still, questions such as ‘what does all this mean to environmental information systems’ and ‘what is expected to change’, have only partially been answered. In this paper, we describe the recent challenges for eEnvironment services in Europe, specify desired capabilities and derive according requirements. We identify affected stakeholder communities and depict their involvement in the overall value chain of environmental knowledge generation. Specific examples illustrate individual needs, while a derived description of the value chain indicates more general outcomes. Developmental requirements of future information systems are discussed. The presented work answers the questions above by bridging the gab between stakeholder needs, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development and higher level concepts, such as Digital Earth and Future Internet.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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