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International projects for the use of informatics in geosciences

OneGeology – this is a world-wide initiative of geological surveys, the aim of which is to create and make accessible a dynamic geological map of the world at a scale of 1:1,000,000 by establishing global information infrastructures.

European Geological Data Infrastructure(EGDI) - initiative of the European geological surveys (organized under the auspices of EuroGeoSurveys) with the aim of creation of a central access point to geoscientific data from Europe (the EGDI Portal - currently in its pilot version). The portal will make accessible the results of the important European geoscientific projects. Apart from that, the portal enables an effective search and display of data utilizing the central EGDI metadata catalogue (developed by CGS) and a map viewer. CGS is the Core team member and one of the four main creators of the current infrastructure.

GeoERA – the international research activities related to geological information are recently focused on GeoERA (the ERA-NET program starting January 2017) where CGS is involved. The Information Platform is one of four prioritized themes. It should provide an information platform for the other themes (Mineral Resources, Hydrogeology and Geoenergy), to develop the technology for processing data and to ensure the sustainability of results.

CzechGeo/EPOS is the system of geophysical observations performed by geoscience institutions of the Czech Republic (financed by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports). The backbone of CzecGeo is formed by permanent observatories (seismic, GPS, magnetic, gravimetric and geodynamic) involved in global networks which provide data in real time. Geological and geophysical data and access to existing relevant information are essential for the scientific research concerning particularly the prediction and mitigation of risk geofactors. These valuable resources of data are gradually consolidated and harmonized according to both European and global standards (INSPIRE directive, ISO standards, EGDI) and in close cooperation with the EPOS project. The 7th FP project EPOS (European Plate Observing System) was included into the European roadmap of research infrastructures of ESFRI (European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures) in 2008.

ProSUM (H2020 project, 2015-2017) - aim of the ProSUM project (Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining waste) is to create a centralised database of all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and mining wastes. Czech Geological Survey is one of the 17 consortium members. CGS develops and maintains the project metadata catalogue based on a distributed access for all consortium members. Within this project, CGS started to harmonize selected data from its database of mining wastes and also plays an important role in defining the rules for data usage, target users, and technical and economic sustainability of the system after the project end.

COST Sub-Urban (2014-2017) – CGS has been actively involved in the COST Action TU 1206 wich was aimed at knowledge exchange between geological surveys and other organizations that deal with the subsurface modeling (especially in the subsurface of big cities). Best practices and tools for improvement of the urban planning process were developed within this project.

Minerals 4EU (Minerals Intelligence Network for Europe - FP7 project, 2013-2014) - CGS was one of the 31 consortium members from 24 European countries. CGS was responsible for the collection of data regarding the mineral resources in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta, Germany and Slovenia, which was the CGS' contribution to the „Report on availability of mineral statistics“ and to the first version of the European Minerals Yearbook that was presented on a workshop in Brussels in December 2016. The project's aim was also to establish an infrastructure for the data acquisition and modification according to the INSPIRE requirements. CGS was responsible for the establishment of the project metadata system. CGS also published harmonized data from its Mineral information system in the form of web services.

African-European Georesources Observation System (AEGOS) – the preparatory phase of this project took place from 2008-2011 as part of the 7th framework programme of the European Commission. The aim was to create a pan-African infrastructure to enable interoperable use of data and to develop user-oriented services to facilitate sustainable use of geological resources in Africa. A total of 9 European geological surveys, 8 African partners and 4 international organizations took part in this phase of the project. The CGS was responsible for the Work Package concerned with the technical specification of the architecture of AEGOS.

OneGeology-Europe (eContent Plus project EC/DG Information Society & Media, 1.9.2008-31.8.2010) - its aim was to make harmonized geological spatial data from the whole of Europe accessible. Under the terms of this project, the staff of the Department of Informatics of the Czech Geological Survey carried out the Work Package to develop the multi-lingual metainformation system and in the year 2016 updated the map services for data, harmonized according to the INSPIRE requirements. The project results are available on the EGDI Portal.

Membership of international consortia

The staff of the Department of Informatics represents the Czech Geological Survey in several important international consortia. One of them is the Geoscience Information Consortium (GIC), an association of leaders of informatics departments of geological surveys world-wide. Dr. Dana Čápová is representing the CGS in this consortium.

An individual regional part of GIC is called Central European GIC (CE-GIC) which holds annual meetings with the participation of geoinformation specialists from the geological surveys of the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

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Geoscience Information Consortium (GIC)
GeoERA Information platform
European Geological Data Infrastructure
International Year of Planet Earth
CGS is member of the consortium of the international COST Action TU1206 Sub-urban

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