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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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)

PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS ELLADAS

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Georgiou Seferi 2
30100 Agrinio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Panayotis Dimopoulos (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 486 288,80
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 463 890,80
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emyr Reynolds (Mr.)
WELSH GOVERNMENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 390 052,50
Address
Cathays Park Welsh Assembly Government
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agass Simon (Mr.)
ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 741 178
Address
Fiveways Temple Street
LD1 5HG Llandrindod Wells
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Keyworth (Mr.)
PARTNERIAETH ECO DYFFRYN DYFI ECO VALLEY PARTNERSHIP LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 94 957,50
Address
Y Plas Plas Machynlleth
SY20 8ER Machynlleth Powys
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Rowland (Mr.)
OPEN GEOSPATIAL CONSORTIUM (EUROPE)LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 301 240,42
Address
Gray S Inn Road 236 Floor 1
WC1X 8HL London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeff Burnett (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 922 123,20
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 278 168,80
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Friederieke Noack (Mrs.)
SECURE DIMENSIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 371 784
Address
Waxenstreinstrasse 28
81377 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Matheus (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 178 522,40
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Panayotis Dimopoulos (Prof.)
OIKOM MELETITIKI PERIVALLONTOS EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 204 560
Address
Odos Neratziotissis 91 And Paideias 1
15124 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evangelos Pappas (Mr.)
GEOCAT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 339 360
Address
Veenderweg 13
6721 WD Bennekom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Ticheler (Mr.)
OPEN GEOSPATIAL CONSORTIUM INC
United States
EU contribution
€ 38 596,59
Address
Main Street 35 Suite 5
01778 5037 Wayland
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jeffrey S Burnett (Mr.)