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Citizen Observatory Web

Citizen Observatory Web

Objective

COBWEB will leverage the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Concentrating initially on the Welsh Dyfi Biosphere Reserve, we will develop a citizens’ observatory framework, and then validate the work within the context of the UK National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and internationally, within the WNBR; specifically, within Greek and German Reserves. The infrastructure we develop will exploit technological developments in ubiquitous mobile devices, crowd-sourcing of geographic information and the operationalising of standards based SDI such as the UK Location Information Infrastructure. It will enable citizens living within Biosphere Reserves to collect environmental information on a range of parameters including species distribution, flooding and land cover/use. A main driver will be the opportunity to participate in environmental governance. Data quality issues will be addressed by using networks of “people as sensors” and by analysing observations and measurements in real-time combination with authoritative models and datasets. The citizen’s observatory framework will integrate with evolving INSPIRE compliant national SDI’s and allow the fusion of citizen sourced data with reference data from public authorities in support of policy objectives. To maximise impact, COBWEB will work within the processes of the standards defining organisations. Specifically, we will aim to improve the usability of Sensor Web Enablement standards with mobile devices, develop widespread acceptance of the data quality measures we develop and maximise the commercial appeal of COBWEB outputs. The end result we are aiming for is a toolkit and a set of models that demonstrably works in different European countries and which is accepted as a core information system component of the WNBR. Implementations of COBWEB will act as models for how technology may be used to empower citizens associations in environmental decision making.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Address

Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 738 798,99

Administrative Contact

Sue Coleman (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS ELLADAS

Greece

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 486 288,80

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 463 890,80

WELSH GOVERNMENT

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 390 052,50

ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 741 178

PARTNERIAETH ECO DYFFRYN DYFI ECO VALLEY PARTNERSHIP LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 957,50

OPEN GEOSPATIAL CONSORTIUM (EUROPE) LIMITED LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 301 240,42

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 922 123,20

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 278 168,80

SECURE DIMENSIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 371 784

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 178 522,40

OIKOM MELETITIKI PERIVALLONTOS EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 204 560

GEOCAT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 339 360

OPEN GEOSPATIAL CONSORTIUM INC

United States

EU Contribution

€ 38 596,59

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308513

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 537 586,08

  • EU contribution

    € 6 549 522

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom