Interoperable Infrastructure for the Observation Network and Marine Data

The sub-project 7 of RITMARE (SP7) aims to design the RITMARE Spatial Data Infrastructure that allows coordinating and sharing data, processes and information produced in the various different subprojects. The RITMARE Spatial Data Infrastructure is under development, fostering the data flows between different information systems (interoperability) and without forcing the pre-existing practices already adopted by the RITMARE scientific communities.

RITMARE Data Portal (v0.0) Homepage

Currently RITMARE Data Portal (v0.0) is the unique access point of the whole RITMARE Spatial Data Infrastructure and allows to explore the autonomous and distributed nodes, which share their own data and metadata. The access point is able to include and reach all nodes deploying data in compliance with OGC standard protocols (including Thredds), enabled by the participants either autonomously or using the RITMARE suite GET-It Starter Kit.

RITMARE Data Portal (v0.0) represents the first implementation of RITMARE geoportal, performing some of the operations that it will be able to provide in the future. Currently RITMARE Data Portal (v0.0) allows the user to visualize at the same time different types of spatial data referring to one or more geographical areas. RITMARE Data Portal (v0.0) provides access to spatial data for different communities of researchers and also for every user is exploring the Web.

The design of the RITMARE Infrastructure takes place through spme steps, which are connected to the objectives of four SP7 work packages (WP):

  • a robust preliminary analysis of requirements of the project participants and their goals as regards the infrastructure, and an analysis of the solutions found by other contexts (SP7_WP1);

  • a surveyon data, technologies, processes and standards used, as well as solutions adopted by the participants to meet the above requirements (SP7_WP2);

  • the definition and application of a data policy, in order to support the reuse of data and resources, respecting the constraints, the needs of the participants and the existing ruling conventions (SP7_WP3);

  • the design, development and implementation of the infrastructure, tested on and complemented by prototypesand demonstrators (WP4), besides technological support tools (SP7_WP4).

The SP7 Pipeline Scheme shows completed activities in green boxes; in progress are shown in box with a red frameworks

The approach to the infrastructure design is intended as user-driven, while based on a constant interaction with the expertsrequirements, on the cooperation in setting goals and testing solutions, through the use of participative tools and methods. This allows to achieve the fulfillment of the requirements coming from all the involved communities and to facilitate a common growth, while preserving the peculiarities of individual collaborators. 

In this way the infrastructure encourages an harmonized improvement of the existing components, as well as it is able to contract or expand in order to catch new ones, while maintaining its robustness. The principle of scalability is the basis for a solid infrastructure: it remains consistent and effective, regardless of the number of supported components and activities. 

SP leader Paola Carrara - IREA