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CNR, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (Florence) (CNR - IIA)

Via Madonna del Piano 10
Sesto Fiorentino (FI)
055 522 6580
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 The Research Unit (ESSI-Lab) is located in Florence. Research and development of innovative methodologies and technologies for multi-disciplinary data and information interoperability and sharing.  The main research themes of our division in Florence include but are not limited to the followings:

– Advance the Earth Observation information systems –both in situ and remote sensing;

– Develop innovative brokering and intemediation technologies to complement standards and lower the present entry barriers for interoperability and data sharing;

– Develop effective data models as to spatio-temporal aspects as well as their accessibility and interoperability;

– Apply Information Technology to Earth Science domains to enable integrative research, resources sharing, multidisciplinary interoperability, and Policy Makers support;

As far as these themes are concerned, the UOS has gained an international reputation in the framework of two important initiatives:

– The European Directive INSPIRE;

– The Global Earth Observation System of System programme launched by G8 and managed by GEO (Group on Earth Observation).

The team first introduced the Brokering approach to build "System of Systems" and "Network of Networks" in the Geospatial information domain. It promoted this in RDA (Research Data Alliance) project as chair of Brokering Interesting Group (IG).

Participating in GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) project as of 2006, contributing to the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) design and development, as well as to the GEOSS Capacity building. The team has designed, developed, and operate one of the key components of the GCI: the Discovery and Access Broker (DAB)

The  technology developed to build the GEOSS Brokering framework: the GEO DAB, is the key technology experimented by the BCube project. This is funded by the US NSF, in the Earth Cube framework.

It developed a successful suite of technologies to implement an information  brokering framework: the GI-suite.

Participated in the EuroGEOSS project coordinating the development of EuroGEOSS Brokering.

Developed the brokering approach in SeaDataNet project, providing standardized interfaces to the SeaDataNet infrastructure. Drafted the CDI and CSR metadata formats used to enable discovery and access of SeaDataNet products and cruise reports..

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