The main objective of this service contract is to create a sound and up-to-date basis for the expected engagement of the European and global level networks in the Copernicus in situ component.
Three networks must, as a minimum, be covered by this service contract namely EuroGeoGraphics, EuroGOOS and EUMETNET. However, other networks may be proposed by the contractor to be included, e.g. global level networks if relevant. The inclusion of additional networks must be accepted in writing by the EEA coordinator. The work is spilt into four subtasks:
I. State of play. The current situation (level of cooperation/involvement, status regarding access agreements, MoUs etc.) as seen from the point of view of the network as well as Copernicus shall be analysed and described. This analysis will be supported by reports, conclusions and recommendations prepared by the GISC project, but it is important that the contractor consults the networks to acquire the most recent information and their view of the situation;
II. Relevance and urgency. The relevance of involving the networks in the Copernicus in situ component must be analysed based on the actual services’ requirements, and the urgency of the involvement should be indicated for each of the considered networks. It is important to verify if the involvement of a given service may be relevant for one or several services;
III. Engagement and negotiation strategy. Based on the two previous subtasks the contractor shall outline a recommended engagement and negotiation (if relevant) strategy for each of the networks;
IV. Next steps. The contractor shall produce a work plan outline covering 2016 and 2017 including a description of major milestones.
- EEA project codes (MPS): 2015 3.6.4