Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Workflows (14/05/2013)


In eEnviPer's third White Paper, Diomede Illuzzi of Planetek Italia explains how the eEnviPer environmental workflow is integrated into a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and on its adherence to the INSPIRE framework, both of which facilitate access to geographical information. 

Executive Summary

“Interoperability seems to be about the integration of information.
What it’s really about is the coordination of organizational behaviour.”

 David Schell, Founder and Chairman of the Open Geospatial Consortium

eEnviPer is an EU-funded project whose principal aim is to provide an integrated web-based platform for the application, administration and consultation of environmental permits, making the environmental permitting process more transparent, more accessible and more efficient. The platform will be available in early 2014 after intensive field tests in five different European countries, namely Croatia, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Turkey.

The eEnviPer solution provides a response to public authorities’ need to combine the various databases and workflows required for the creation of a suitable e-government solution for environmental permits. eEnviPer uses a layered service-oriented and cloud-based architecture to take advantage of existing data sources and complementary environment-related permit systems. The eEnviPer architecture approach is built on the concept of smart integration of existing building blocks (Knowledge Management, Geographic Information System, Workflow Management and Participation System) based on the principle of reusing services already available in the portfolio of e-government solutions.

Geospatial information (the information contained in geographic information systems), in particular, plays a crucial role in the evaluation and decision-making processes for environmental permits: the engineers in charge of the evaluation of environmental impacts need to consult spatial data of various different types, which are processed, hosted and managed by different centres of expertise. Therefore, the ability to easily access geospatial information from different data sources is a key feature of eEnviPer.