Colloquium: EU SeaDataCloud Sensor Web Enablement - how to join European operational oceanography

IO PAN, Sopot - Poland

Thursday 26 April 2018, 13.30 – 17.00 hours;

Presentations of 15 minutes with 5 minutes spare for some direct questions

13.30 – 13.40 hours - registration
13.40 – 14.00 hours - Introduction to SeaDataNet and EMODnet pan European infrastructures for marine data management by Dick M.A. Schaap – MARIS (Netherlands)
14.00 – 14.20 hours - Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards by Alexandra Kokkinaki – NERC BODC (United Kingdom) (SWE, its components (SensorML, O&M, SOS), Vocabularies and marine profiles)
14.20 – 14.40 hours - How to set-up and configure SWE for operational oceanography stations by Christian Autermann – 52North (Germany) (SWE editor, SOS server, SOS viewing client)
14.40 – 15.10 hours - break for refreshments
15.10 – 15.30 hours - Example of SWE implementation by Rob Thomas – Marine Institute (Ireland) (Cabled observatory)
15.30 – 15.50 hours - EuroGOOS and CMEMS-INSTAC for exchange of operational oceanography data streams by Patrick Gorringe – EuroGOOS
15.50 – 16.10 hours - EMODnet Physics by Antonio Novellino – ETT (Italy) (organization, what does it offer and how can you join)
16.10 – 16.30 hours - EMODnet Ingestion by Dick M.A. Schaap – MARIS (Netherlands) (in search for new data providers, both for delayed mode and operational data; cooperation with European data infrastructures and EMODnet Physics)
16.30 – 17.00 hours - Discussion and wrap-up

Observation and measurement data is a very important source of information to capture the past and current state of the oceans. The easy sharing of observation data is an important factor to support scientists in their work. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) provides a  family of standards specifications called ‘Sensor Web Enablement’ (SWE) which includes detailed information about the sensors making measurements and the platforms that carry the sensors using the Sensor Model Language (SensorML), general models and XML encodings for sensor Observations and Measurements (O&M), and a protocol to provide access to observations from sensors and sensor systems in a standard way (Sensor Observation Service (SOS)).

Various projects in Europe, USA and Australia are making progress with adopting Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) and developing SWE standards. These can be applied by operators of operational marine observation systems to describe in more detail their observations and to provide standardised access to these observations using the Sensor Observation Service (SOS) protocol. This can provide a way for direct access to the related data streams from operational sensor systems, such as real-time ocean monitoring networks and underway data from systems on board research vessels.

Within the framework of EU SeaDataCloud and together with other EU funded projects a set of marine profiles (SensorML and O&M models) for a range of marine instruments and platforms have been formulated that can serve as a common basis for developments in multiple projects and organisations. Also SeaDataCloud develops an SWE Ingestion Service for facilitating the publication of real-time sensor data through interoperable standards and the advancement of the open source Sensor Web viewer “Helgoland”. The latter addresses the exploration and  visualisation of observation data available through Sensor Web servers. “Helgoland” is a Web-based application which offers functionality to determine which data sets are offered by a Sensor Web server and to subsequently download this data. Based on these data sets, “Helgoland” offers different means for data visualisation covering different types of observation data sets, for example stationary time-series data, profile measurements and data measured along a trajectory. Within the SeaDataCloud project, the Helgoland viewer is being further extended in close cooperation with users. This comprises especially the support of further data types as well as usability improvements.

At the colloquium an overview will be given of the present state of SWE developments and how these can be applied in practice by network operators. Moreover information will be given of EMODnet Physics which builds upon CMEMS-INSTAC, EuroGOOS and SeaDataNet to give overview and access to operational oceanography platforms and their resulting data sets. Moreover, attention will be given to EMODnet Ingestion which cooperates together with EMODnet Physics to identify and mobilise more operational oceanography operators to connect and make their data streams and historical data series part of the European marine data exchange.

Aims of the Workshop:

  • to make managers and technicians from operators of oceanography platforms and networks in Poland more aware about SWE developments and opportunities
  • to discuss and encourage Polish operators to join and participate in the European operational oceanography data exchange.