Title: T4 Sensor Web Technology for Marine Applications.

Presenters: Simon Jirka 52°North GmbH, Andree Behnken, Marum (University of Bremen), Eric Delory, PLOCAN, Joaquin del Rio, UPC

Simon works as project manager and community leader for the Sensor Web group of the Open Source initiative 52°North. His activities are focused on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and Sensor Web architectures. Besides his contribution to several national and European projects such as COLABIS, NeXOS and ODIP, he is also involved in INSPIRE related activities. Furthermore, he contributes to the Sensor Web Enablement initiative and different domain working groups of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Simon Jirka will coordinate this tutorial and will actively contribute to all three parts of it.

Andree will introduce a Sensor Web case study for a wave glider developed within the ENVRIplusproject.

Eric has a leading role in several European projects (e.g. NeXOS, FixO3) dealing with marine observation technology.

Joaquin works at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He has comprehensive experience and knowledge in ocean observing technology. 

Duration: Full day (09:00 to 16:30 with lunch break).

Description: This tutorial provides a comprehensive introduction into the topic of Sensor Web technology together with the necessary information to develop strategies for using or deploying Sensor Web technologies covering the full path from sensors/platforms to end user applications. The first part of this tutorial gives an overview of the general SWE architecture as well as the different specifications it comprises. There will be a focus on the OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS) as an interface for accessing measurement data and on the ISO/OGC Observations and Measurements (O&M) standard as a model and format for measurement and observation data.

Additional aspects such as the provision of sensor metadata (based on OGC SensorML), event notification components, and discovery are presented, as well. Finally, we will introduce how these standards allow the provision of marine observation data in compliance with the European INSPIRE directive.

In the second part, the workshop focuses on practical case studies showing how Sensor Web technology is applied. Results of different European projects (e.g. NeXOS and FixO3) will be presented in order to illustrate the practical application as well as experiences and recommendations gathered during the implementation and deployment.

The third part of the workshop provides practical guidance on how the workshop participants can build Sensor Web systems relying on open source software components. This comprises a practical handson session based on a Sensor Web server running in a virtual box or Live DVD.

Target Audience: This workshop targets data providers (e.g. data managers, administrators), operators of sensors/platforms (e.g. those involved with data transmission) as well as scientists who want to consume marine observation data via the Web.

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Oceans OES
Marine Technology Society

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Associated Societies

Society for Underwater Technology   The Challenger Society for Marine Sciences Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Institute of Physics