2012.06 WP3: Governance and Policy Development Monthly Activity By Task and Beneficiary

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This WP3 Activity Report described the activities performed in June 2012 by Beneficiary and Task.

It is part of the June Monthly Report.

T3.1 User Community Mediation

FAO Activities

FAO participated to several meetings during the reporting meeting;

  • Presentation of iMarine at the DGMARE office in Brussels, followed by a brainstorming on potentail collaboration;
  • iMarine Board meeting - closure of the March Board meeting, and presentations, discussion and acceptance of Board work plan;
  • with FAO OEKC on a shared inititative to develop a code list manager. The plan is to 'seed' the application with the existing Vocbench application.


None to report.


In the reporting period, D3.1; EA-CoP Operation, describing the Board Work plan was finalized.

ERCIM Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CNR Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

Terradue Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

FIN Activities

The main activity was to explore the possibility to promote iMarine in the Coral Triangle Initiative (www.coraltriangleinitiative.org).

The WorldFish Center is responsible for producing an electronic atlas, and FIN was approached independently to add the related AquaMaps to the atlas. Discussions are still ongoing to shape up a proposal. The goal is to deliver the AquaMaps through the VRE, and over this proof of concept to promote iMarine as the repository of the entire atlas.

Another activity was to start a concept note to make a proposal for the Darwin Initiative grants to use ReefBase, FishBase, SeaLifeBase through AquaMaps to evaluate how much marine biodiversity is covered by Marine Protected Areas, again as a joint project between WorldFish and FIN. The coverage would be the eastern part of the Coral Triangle (From Philippines to Solomon Is.).

Last, the announcement of the TDWG annual conference that will be held in China, Beijing, was out, and we started to check how we could promote iMarine there through the name match VRE.


All activities are ongoing.


During the coming weeks, the development of a paper using the VRE to test the capacity of AquaMaps to predict species distribution extensions in the case of fish migrants from Red Sea to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.

UNESCO Activities

Input into governance of iMarine was provided during several teleconferences of the Steering Committee. Wiki pages were constructed and/or updated.

Ward Appeltans introduced iMarine, the objectives of the project and role of OBIS to the OBIS development consortium at the 2nd OBIS technical meeting (21-22 June 2012). Leonardo Candela also joined them on the second day, and provided some background of iMarine and its infrastructure (gCube). He demonstrated the VREs and gave some insights on how iMarine accesses the data sources.

The OBIS-SEAMAP team at Duke University is very interested in the iMarine developments. They are also very actively collaborating with the CBD (and EBSA implementation). Ward Appeltans will bring this team in contact with the iMarine coordinators.


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All activities are ongoing.

IRD Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

T3.2 Governance Mechanisms, Policies and Guidelines Development

FAO Activities

In 2 meetings, FAO-FI defined with the OEKC Vocbench an intention to collaborate on the development of shared components for vocabulary and code list management. iMarine can provide important services to the Vocbench, such as establishing mappings between 2 code lists, while the Vocbench software can be re-used to produce well described code lists for use in the iMarine VRE's. A project statement including a business justification will be resented to the SB in July.

FAO finalized the MS8 & MS11, and now has a structure for the collaborative collection and description of EA-CoP policies and for the development of a governance model. These will be expressed through guidelines and best practices.

FAO has taken the lead in defining the cross-cutting business case for data-flows for MAAP-IRD-DG-MARE-NEAFC-ICES. In july this will be pursued by FAo with requirements colelction.

In BC2, FAO finalized the requirements description of the wider VME-DB use-case, and will now work to materialize requirements for componenets that benefit from the e-infrastructure, such as fact-sheets generation and mapping of data.


None reported.


In the reporting period, 2 Milestones were produced:

  • MS8 - Definition of policy and governance development model;
  • MS11 - Definition of Guidelines and Best Practices.

ERCIM Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CNR Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

FIN Activities

No activity for that task for that period. Nicolas Bailly attended the iMarine Board teleconference (28 June 2012).

UNESCO Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CRIA Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

IRD Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

NKUA Activities

NKUA has been working on the conceptualization of a new means for interoperability policies among eInfrastructures, by assuming alternative OGC standards, such as the WCPS one and broadening the scope of existing protocols, such as the OpenSearch one into the OGC domain.

Establishing a common understanding of the potential of the domain is the area of effort that concerns the task.


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T3.3 Harmonisation of Metadata, Semantics and Technologies

FAO Activities

The Geoprocessing continued interaction with Terradue to enrich the Intersection algorithm. (single output, attributes, process controls e.g. CRS checking, expected output geometry type). Worked with VLIZ on geometry validity of Geoserver outputs (VLIZ Geoserver layer face problems of geometry validity)

For SPREAD the Intersection Discovery was discussed with CNR and the experiment of a Java procedure to search intersection objects on the IE Intersection results continued. The WPS Data processing; was discussed with Terradue and experimented with a WPS-Hadoop algorithm to reallocate data (area-weighted reallocation). This enabled to start brainstorming on more complex reallocation cases (probability-based) using the IE results.

In ICIS, some requirements were reported in TRAC, as a base for discussion ICIS functional design with CNR and EA-CoP (RFB's).

  • For Timeseries, FAO participated to the SDMX TWG in Rome.
  • Continued on fileAdapter to publish codelists.
  • With several emails with ICES, the use of FishstatJ for SDMX was discussed.
  • COTRIX requirements engineering started with IMF / DGMARE / OEKC - Aginfra including GWT. If succesful, the need for an RDF KB in the e-Infrastructure is needed.
  • OpenSDMX potential was discussed with ODAF.

Several parallel GIS activities worth mentioning are now the GIS technology requirements to publish TimeSeries statistics maps in iMarine/ICIS (list requirements for a GIS statistical mapper, experiment automatic publishing of Virtual SQL View layers in Geoserver to enhance the GeoserverInterface gCube library - with Java code available).

In addition, WP3 organized cluster calls on the biodiversity, geospatial and statistical activities. The semantic cluster participants were in email communication.


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CNR Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

NKUA Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

FORTH Activities

We continued the discussions regarding the Top-Level Ontology (TLO). We agreed to use ISO-21127:2006 as a guide for defining the concepts of that ontology. The starting point will be to identify the main concepts of interest from partners (IRD and FAO) and based on these a first (draft) version of TLO will be created. Consequent steps will take place in order to extend and refine that ontology.

Regarding the purpose of the ontology is to act as a mediator between the different communities’ data and the software/services deployed in gCube. This means that communities will continue to use their adopted formats and appropriate mappings will formulate the data according to TLO.

The agreed work plan is the following: (a) IRD and FAO to provide the (most important) concepts of their semantic sources plus a description of them and (b) FORTH will use ISO-21127:2006 as a guide for designing a first draft of the TLO.


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Terradue Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

UNESCO Activities

In order to further the Business Case based on OBIS data, discussions were held with the iMarine project staff (several teleconferences). The work plan for the ‘Biodiversity Cluster’ is being elaborated, and presented through a powerpoint presentation to the iMarine Technical Committee meeting in Greece.


All actions are ongoing.

CRIA Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

IRD Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

NKUA Activities

NKUA has been experimenting with alternative technologies for interoperability among eInfrastructures, among these array databases are examined along with their processing capabilities and querying languages.

Furthermore interoperability of metadata at the level of OGC service / coverage description is studied in order for interoperability solutions to be drafted for future implementation within the gCube system.


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