GeoNET Applying the Power of Place For Environment Canada’s Community of Practice Canadian Interoperability Day Ottawa, Ontario 04/23/2004 Presented by the Integrated Environmental Applications Branch Knowledge Integration Directorate, Environment Canada. IM Perspectives in Environment Canada Knowledge Integrated Discovery, Access, EC Moving and Use of Environmental Data Develop an architecture that allows for any API 2005 Towards Applied geospatial area environmental management Build capacity in ability for others to share projects Connectivit 2004 Integrated y Data = – that allows any 2nd year Focus on the Information architecture EC commits to two partners to connect years of levied monies 2003 for development of CISE projects/program 1st year – Make environmental Shareable Data information available in four key Ask Canadians what 2002 theme areas they want for environmental decision-making Useable Data CISE Task Force 2001 formed Promoting Integration - A Canadian Information System for the Environment (CISE) Development and focus on the CISE Architecture Vision: • Infrastructure: an open and distributed network; • Metadata: application of international standards; • Web Services: for Access, Delivery and Discovery; • Web Mapping: adopt open standards applications. Promoting Integration Through CISE (cont’d) • Build CISE Architecture into operational requirements through partnership agreements and expert KID/IEAB input. • CISE Interoperability is more than an architecture; • Data Policy, Usage Agreements • Information distribution requirements • Provide feedback, suggestions on how to improve specifications for EC business lines to committee representatives. Working Towards Integration www.cise-scie.ca CoP Collaborative Benefits Optimize effectiveness and efficiency: Identify common project services amongst partners; Investigate technical solutions; Enable sharing of findings: re-use, don’t re-invent; Promote & facilitate community of practice approach; Establish links with other agencies and networks. Coordinating Our Geomatics Community of Practice • What is it? • What role does it have? GeoNET’s Role at Environment Canada • Market and promote the use of emerging tools, technologies, standards and specifications for improved data interoperability and access (internally and externally). • Build on a best practices/lessons learned approach. • Become a Resource Centre where project managers go for advice and access to knowledge and skills. • Attract and support collaborative opportunities with external agencies such as GeoConnections, NFIS, NLWIS, DFO’s GeoPortal, PSEPC, etc. GeoNET Helping Bridge the IM-IT Gap in EC •Providing geomatics input into IM-IT architecture; •Shared vision/risks/benefits. •Diversification of business lines, services and products. •Focus on developing business practices and partnerships. •Speed the integration of geotechnologies with mainstream IT activities and enterprise applications. Explaining the Dynamic Environment of Geomatics Project Systems Enterprise Communities •Evolution through increased interoperability; •Focus on connecting people/policies/geotechnologies; •Develop a foundation for access to data/information; •The real value lies not in the data or information itself, but rather in how that data or information is used. Promoting The Power Of Place GeoNET – Identifying EC’s Geomatics Software/Expertise Prairie and Northern: P ac ifi c a n d Y u ko n P ra ir ie a n d N o rth e r n ESRI (ArcView), Mapinfo, Atlas GIS O n ta ri o Q u e be c A tla n tic Quebec: ESRI (ArcIMS, ArcView), MapInfo, MapGuide P&Y: ESRI (ArcView, ArcIMS, SDE, Freshmaps) Atlantic: Ontario (incl NCR): ESRI (ArcView), Autodesk ESRI (ArcInfo, ArcView, MapGuide, MapServer ArcGIS, ArcIMS), MapGuide, MapServer Note: Does not include remote sensing expertise. Identifying EC’s Geomatics CoP Connecting EC’s Geomatics CoP Science Policy Branch Environmental Conservation Service Providing Answers to Geomatics Questions Inter Agency Committee on Geomatics Inter-departmental Web Mapping and Visualization Initiative Promoting Data Interoperability • Infrastructure: an open and distributed network; • Metadata: application of international standards; • Web Services: for Access, Delivery and Discovery; • Web Mapping Systems: adopt open standards applications. The Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) • Network of people, data, services and applications that enable the sharing and use of geospatial information. • Open information infrastructure, based on publicly available standards and specifications. • Designed to enable the implementation of systems to support service and data providers and application developers, using interoperable and re-usable components. CGDI Awareness/Implementation In Environment Canada • Federal agencies are actively supporting the development of CGDI by adopting endorsed technical standards and specifications (OGC); • Leverage of technical and financial investments in standards by GeoConnections/CGDI; • Better linkages with F/P/T agencies that have endorsed the same technical standards/specifications; • Greater clarity on geomatics standards and practices; CGDI Promotion Through GeoNET Standards Based Implementations at Environment Canada • CISEViewer (Days Away!) • Showcasing EC data holdings via CISE Architecture • EMAN NatureWatch (OGC WMS/WFS) (Live!) • NAPS (March 2004) (OGC WMS/WFS) (Days Away!) • Climate Archive (OGC WMS/WFS) (Days Away!) • ENVIRODAT (OGC:WMS/WFS/SCS (Days Away!) • EC Watershed Lookup Service (Live!) • EC Watershed Lookup Service (XML/GML) • AAFC Ecological Framework Layers (Live!) • Partnership OGC WMS/WFS mirror (redundancy/failover) • ECMeta Web Services Integration (Live!) • Spatial geocoding by keyword (Postal Code, Placename, Watershed, NTS, map-based selection. • EC P&Y Region Water Quality (March 2004) (Live!) • OGC:WMS, OGC:WFS, OGC Web Map Context Documents, WSDL/SOAP XML Promoting Data Interoperability • Infrastructure: an open and distributed network; • Metadata: application of international standards; • Web Services: for Access, Delivery and Discovery; • Web Mapping Systems: adopt open standards applications. ECMeta • Metadata management tool for EC Practitioners. • Features: • Fully bilingual (English/French) • Geospatial Profile (FGDC/CSDGM) • Biological Profile (NBII) • Utilizes dynamic OGC/CGDI endorsed services • Canadian Geographical Names Service (OGC:WFS) • NIMA World Placename Lookup Service (OGC:WFS) • Postal Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML) • FGDC ZIP Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML) • NTS Lookup Service (GML) • Atlas of Canada OGC:WMS for map-based coordinate entry Learning and Using ECMeta ECMeta’s Use of Mapping Interface CGDI Services Placename Lookup Postal Code Lookup Promoting Data Interoperability • Infrastructure: an open and distributed network; • Metadata: application of international standards; • Web Services: for Access, Delivery and Discovery; • Web Mapping Systems: adopt open standards applications. Watershed Lookup Service • Developed in response to requirements by multi- agency (EC, NRCan, AAFC, province of NS) activity identifying need for Watershed Lookup Tools • Provides geometry (bounding rectangle) and attributes associated with watershed id code as per Water Survey of Canada data (GeoGratis) • Supports OGC:GML 3.0.0 • Implemented by: • EC CISEViewer • Toporama • GeoBase • Chameleon (open source web mapping toolkit) core package Watershed Lookup Service • GetCapabilities • GetWatershed •More information available at: http://devgeo.eman-rese.ca:8585/watershed/index.html Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network NatureWatch Web Services Integration • Community / Citizen based science monitoring programs • IceWatch • PlantWatch • WormWatch • FrogWatch • Input of Observations using accepted field data collection protocols • http://www.eman-rese.ca/ EMAN’s NatureWatch Web Services Integration • Integration of OGC/CGDI endorsed standards • OGC:WMS (Visualization) • OGC:WFS (Data Access) • New functionality launched January 2004 • “Map of the Week” on GeoConnections Discovery Portal (February 2004) • Our first publicly available OGC:WMS and OGC:WFS EMAN’s NatureWatch Web Services Integration P&Y Region’s Water Quality Web Site • Integration of OGC/CGDI endorsed standards • OGC:WMS (Visualization) • OGC:WFS (Data Access) • OGC Web Map Context Documents (Web Mapping) • WSDL/SOAP Web Services • New functionality launched March 2004 • In alignment with departmental Water Quality Services Initiative • NAPS implementations P&Y Region’s Water Quality Web Site Canadian Ice Service Developments Promoting Data Interoperability • Infrastructure: an open and distributed network; • Metadata: application of international standards; • Web Services: for Access, Delivery and Discovery; • Web Mapping Systems: adopt open standards applications. CISEViewer • Web Mapping Application to showcase EC data through OGC/CGDI specifications • WMS • WFS/GML • Web Map Context Documents • SCS (sensor collection service) • Integrated Environmental Information Holdings • Air • Water • Climate • Biodiversity CISEViewer (cont’d) • Integration of partner agency online services • NRCan NTDB OGC:WMS • Atlas of Canada OGC:WMS • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ecostratification OGC:WMS, OGC:WFS) • Canadian Geographical Names Service (OGC:WMS, OGC:WFS) • NIMA World Placename Lookup Service (OGC:WFS) • NRCan Postal Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML) • FGDC ZIP Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML) • NRCan NTS Lookup Service (GML) • Check http://www.cise-scie.ca/ for launch soon!! CISEViewer Air/Water/Climate/Biodiversity More Coming from Environment Canada • Focus on watershed-based pilot projects; • Informing Canadians for enhanced decision-making; • RésEau’s deliverables are aligned with five key areas as identified in the Treasury Board proposal; Focus Areas • Mapping the sources – open data sources. • Mapping the services – open applications. • Dissemination strategy – information and tools. • Watershed management – Pockwock example of how interoperability leads the development of watershed management solutions. • Engaging youth – water from a youth perspective. More Coming from Environment Canada Environmental Emergency Management System (E2MS); Focus on managing environmental emergencies; Enhance access to geospatial data and information; Case management framework for responders; Support the REETs/CoP decision making/activities; Providing a national communications tool; During an emergency, E2MS acts an information broker between various agencies (federal emergency centres, provincial operations centres, municipalities, etc) for effective decision making. Environmental Emergency Management System (E2MS) What Are The Benefits Of Data Interoperability? • Recognize potential environmental and financial benefits from collaboration with other jurisdictions. • Anticipate increased public involvement and use. • Understand potential efficiencies through use of common data standards and a coordinated approach. • Improved coordination and integration of environmental data and info within and across jurisdictions. • Realization that a distributed rather than a centralized approach is the best model for a Canada-wide system. • Reduced requests for partner data – provide data once, use many times (maintain closest to source). What Is Driving Data Interoperability? • Pressures for policy coordination both horizontally (across depts) and vertically (across jurisdictions). • Possibilities enabled by new information and communications technologies. • Growing public demand for access to information. • Increasing expectations for accountability and measurement of outcomes. • Proliferation of information systems at all levels dealing with specific aspects of the environment. • Ensure optimal value is realized from current investment in environmental information. The Canadian Information System for the Environment (CISE) Vision Enable timely access to and effective application of relevant, credible, integrated environmental data and information in support of decision-making by all Canadians, through a co-ordinated, distributed cooperative network of government agencies, the private sector, academia, non-government organizations, Aboriginal peoples, and others.
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