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Introduction to the COBWEB project Fri 24th Nov, 2012, GEO-IX Plenary, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Chris Higgins, Project Coordinator, EDINA National Data Centre,

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1 Introduction to the COBWEB project Fri 24th Nov, 2012, GEO-IX Plenary, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Chris Higgins, Project Coordinator, EDINA National Data Centre, University of Edinburgh.

2 The bare bones… Project started 1 st Nov, 2012 and will run for 4 yrs Funded under the European Commissions Framework Programme 7 (Grant No: ) Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making Introduce quality measures and reduce uncertainty Fusion of crowdsourced data with reference data… Spatial Data Infrastructure - like initiatives –National SDIs in UK, Greece and Germany –INSPIRE –GEOSS

3 FP7-ENV-2012 observatories NameLeadTopic CitclopsBarcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic (Spain) Coast and ocean optical monitoring WeSenseItUniversity of Sheffield (UK) Water Management CITI-SENSENilu (Norway)Air quality OmniscientisSpacebel (Belgium)Odour monitoring COBWEBUEDIN (UK)Various

4 Project Partners University of EdinburghUK (Scotland) University of NottinghamUK (England) Aberystwyth UniversityUK (Wales) Welsh Assembly GovernmentUK (Wales) Environment Systems LimitedUK (Wales) EcodyfiUK (Wales) Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) LimitedUK University College DublinIreland Technische Universitaet DresdenGermany Secure Dimensions GmbHGermany University of Western GreeceGreece OIKOM – Environmental Studies LtdGreece GeoCat BVNetherlands

5 Essential context - WNBR UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programmes (MAB) World Network of Biosphere Reserves –Sites of excellence to foster harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participation, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction and human well-being improvements, cultural values and society's ability to cope with change, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals 610 reserves in 117 countries

6 Essential context - GEOSS COBWEB is obliged to work within GEOSS framework common methodologies and standards for data archiving, discovery and access Section on collaboration with GEOSS and FP7-ENV-2012 cluster projects added to project description Data collected should be made available through the GEOSS without any restrictions

7 Authentication and GEOSS …addressing questions of privacy… COBWEB about environmental, not personal data Some kinds of protected data that may be encountered during the project: –Personal information, eg, expert or novice observer –Location protected species –Reference data from European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies –Conflated data Authentication workshop here 2 days ago…

8 Why put effort into federated access control? Authentication is the process of verifying that claims made concerning a subject, eg, identity, who is attempting to access a resource are true Frequently, SDI content and service providers need to know who is accessing their valuable resource The ability for a group of organisations with common objectives, ie, a federation, to securely exchange authentication information is a powerful SDI enabler Identified as a priority in GEOSS –Architecture Implementation Pilot 5 –GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board

9 SP IdP SP Coordinating Centre Federation Service Providers Identity Providers Users Organisations, eg, space agencies IdP SP Authenticates here IdP Single Sign On Federation

10 Conclusions We want to pilot Access Management Federation (AMF) technology within GEOSS –We strongly recommend building on existing infrastructure, eg, existing AMFs Is your organisation interested in participating or knowing more? If so, please contact me or find us at the COBWEB stand here at GEO-IX:


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