The main aim of the European Commission's INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) directive is to create a geographic data infrastructure that will enable efficient and standardized sharing of environmental information within the European Union, thus facilitating access to data.
The data collected and processed within the LIFE Agrowetlands II project are produced in compliance with the INSPIRE Directive. All data is enriched by exhaustive metadata, that is further information about the content of the different layers. Metadata plays a central role in providing the conditions to efficiently search and understand the content described and to facilitate the re-use of the data itself.
The information gained in these early stages of the LIFE Agrowetlands II project has already been elaborated, homogenised and collected within a single database, with the aim of obtaining a platform that is unique and usable for further analysis.
Some macro categories of data produced within the project have been identified to be conveyed into databases and uniquely labeled with a two-letter initials. SO: soil; SS: soil salinity; CL: climate; WT: water table; WF: water flow; WQ: water quality; EQ: environmental quality; RS: remote sensing; AG: agricultural data.
Each layer of information including geographic data has been appropriately projected in the coordinate system defined for the project in accordance with the INSPIRE directive, with European Terrestrial Reference System 1989 (ETRS89) datum and projection in the 33 North fuse (EPSG: 3045) coherent with the study area.
The database has assumed a geographical connotation and it is possible to view its contents in an Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) within the working group on a dedicated shared access space in a server platform.
Post written by:
Alessandro Lambertini, PhD
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna
Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering