Project description

SENSE-2 project is the second phase of a Shared European National State of the Environmental system (SENSE).

SENSE-2 aims to further strengthen and evaluate the IT infrastructure available for information exchange from national level to the European level, and vice versa in the context of SEIS and SOE reporting - with particular focus on a selected set of indicators. In view of establishing a technological basis for this type of exchange, the project primarily explores the use of web technology, ontology and linked data as a pilot project.

SENSE-2 project has four main steps:

a. Step 1 will agree on a set of indicators to focus on, and map the relevant national/sub-national indicators against their EEA counterparts (building on the outcome of the on-going review of EEA indicators). This will require participation of the NRC SOE. In the EEA, the Indicator Coordination Group (ICG) will be consulted.
b. Step 2 will establish a structural and technical mapping of indicator components to be linked (i.e. indicator metadata structure), and agree on technical approaches. This part will require participation with the NRC EIS.
c. Step 3 will implement the appropriate links between selected indicators at different levels and exploring the linked data and semantic mapping between the indicators (as agreed in Step 1 and Step 2). This part will require participation with the NRC EIS.
d. Step 4 will evaluate the outcomes and viability of approaches used to support future SOE reporting, both at European and national levels. This part will require participation of the SENSE-2 Task Force.

Relation to SENSE 1

The focus of SENSE 1 was to investigate an alternative to Reportnet deliveries. We changed the delivery mechanism, but the format was made as strict as if it should have been delivered to Reportnet. We even created an online template just like a DEM for Reportnet. The result was that the deliveries through SENSE 1 in many cases were made-to-order. I.e. the work for the countries was in writing the content to match what was requested - and less in setting up a system to send existing content to EEA.

To make advances in SEIS, we don't think an exact repeat of SENSE 1 is useful. We want to investigate how to use available country information. So the request is: Send what you have and we'll try to make sense of it. Of course, getting very different data than anticipated would make the task very difficult - especially as we're also creating the tools to handle it at the same time. This is why we're narrowing the scope of data to indicators.