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Title: Kickoff Meeting for the Interoperable Geographic Information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS) Project


1
Kickoff Meeting for the Interoperable Geographic
Information for Biosphere Study (IGIBS) Project
  • Welsh Institute for Sustainable Education,
  • 11th April, 2011,
  • Chris Higgins, Project Manager,
  • chris.higgins_at_ed.ac.uk

2
Agenda
1000-1015 Participant Introductions
1015-1030 Scene setting
1030-1045 Intro to the Dyfi Biosphere
1045-1120 IGIBS in the EDINA/JISC context
1120-1155 IGIBS in the Welsh Assembly Government context
1155-1230 IGIBS in the University Aberystwyth/IGES context
1230-1400 Lunch
1400-1430 WP1 Project Management Project Plan
1430-1500 WP2 Stakeholder Engagement
1500-1530 WP3 Application Development
1530-1600 WP4 Access Control
3
Align Business Objectives
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences
Welsh Assembly Government
EDINA
Within limits of the JISC programme aims and the
project proposal. Suggest we spend afternoon
fleshing out project plan and maximising the size
of the sweet spot in the middle
4
Panel Comments on the IGIBS Proposal 1of2
  • ... interoperability with the emerging national
    SDI through INSPIRE compliance.
  • Shibboleth authenticated OWS will be of
    particular benefit to the academic community
  • ...the bid fails to present the use case with
    sufficient clarity
  • ...could have been presented with much greater
    force. 
  • ... may well be valuable work and an important
    use case, but flaws in presentation and
    argumentation mean that it is impossible to give
    it wholehearted endorsement.
  • ... through the interoperability of its
    components, is worthwhile.  Secondly, by engaging
    with a specific biosphere initiative the project
    potentially extends the breadth and depth of the
    JISC geospatial user community.
  • Less is said directly about the benefits for
    HE...
  • The proposal is missing a forceful and clear,
    general, layman's description of the benefits and
    purpose of the tool. 
  • The central benefit appears to be the creation of
    an application that 'will allow users to upload
    data and automatically generate an instance of a
    WMS

5
Panel Comments on the IGIBS Proposal 2of2
  • ... should release 2 or more months to achieve
    the necessary staff recruitment, mitigating the
    associated risk.
  • ...no visual or verbal description of timings
    and, above all, dependencies.  The bid alludes to
    checkpoint meetings, without indicating, even
    roughly, key milestones, timings for progress
    checking.
  • ... bid does not really present a clear case for
    the reuse of the outputs in other scenarios...
  • ...a substantial contribution from the Welsh
    Assembly Government.
  • ...would perhaps have liked to see some more
    thought given to extension of tools from this
    project across a broader range of (potential)
    users.
  • Stakeholder engagement will be primarily through
    the RA employed at IGES (recruitment required).
  • 26 contribution to costs by the participants...
  • ... this team is highly qualified for the work
    proposed...

6
IGIBS Deliverables (from proposal)
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
7
  • Introduction to
  • Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere

8
Vision Statement
  • The Dyfi Biosphere will be recognised and
    respected internationally, nationally and locally
    for the diversity of its natural beauty, heritage
    and wildlife, and for its peoples efforts to
    make a positive contribution to a more
    sustainable world. It will be a self confident,
    healthy, caring and bilingual community,
    supported by a strong locally-based economy.

9
Constitution
  • Coordination Body - Dyfi Partnership
  • Sets strategy
  • Action plan (currently under compilation,
    comprised of relevant independent endorsed
    projects)
  • Secretariat
  • Initially CCW
  • Now WAG
  • The 4 LAs next
  • Representatives (approx 30) from
  • Local community
  • WAG
  • Thematic Groups (Mike Woods for Research?)

10
Thematic Groupings
  • Education schools mostly
  • Tourism
  • Welsh Language Culture brings together language
    initiatives, stimulate activity related to Welsh
    cultural heritage
  • Community Heritage example of uploading
    material to http//beta.peoplescollectionwales.co.
    uk
  • Conservation, landscape, land use and rural
    livelihoods low carbon based livelihoods,
    adaptation to environmental change
  • Farming
  • Research Monitoring
  • Last meeting was in Autumn 2010
  • Next meeting 18th May 2011
  • Chaired by IGES

11
Some example linked activities/ideas
  1. Passport to the Biosphere
  2. Dyfi Footprint Project
  3. Tirwedd Dyfi. (Arts project, connections between
    Welsh language/culture and landscape)
  4. New Pathways for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
  5. Dyfi Osprey Project
  6. Wood-fuelled district heating for Dinas Mawddwy
  7. Feasibility study into how local farmers could
    obtain a premium through using a Biosphere brand
  8. Darganfod Dyfi / Explore Dyfi

12
  • IGIBS in the EDINA/JISC context
  • essential background to this project from this
    perspective
  • what others need to know to understand why in
    IGIBS.
  • what we want/expect out the project

13
JISC
  • Joint Information Systems Committee
  • JISC Infrastructure for Education and Research
    Programme
  • Geospatial Strand (Tagged JISCGeo)
  • Projects to increase the use of geospatial tools,
    infrastructure (data and services) and
    information for learners, teachers and
    researchers to enhance tools and services and
    related practice as well as identifying future
    requirements
  • Projects mustaddress real world end user
    problems

14
EDINA
EDINA
  • JISC Designated, part of University of Edinburgh
  • A National Data Centre for Tertiary Education
    since 1995
  • to enhance the productivity of research,
    learning and teaching in UK higher and further
    education (mission statement)
  • Focus is on services but also undertake rD
  • EDINA provides technical support in the operation
    of the UK Access Management Federation
  • Uses Shibboleth open source software (an
    implementation of OASIS Security Assertion Markup
    Language)
  • Approx 8 million users
  • 837 Member Organisations (IdPs and SPs)

15
GECO
  • Geospatial Engagement Community Outreach
  • http//geco.blogs.edina.ac.uk/
  • Managed by EDINA (James Reid)
  • The overarching purpose of GECO is to foster a
    community(ies) of users of geospatial resources
    (data, services, support). Geospatial, taken in
    its broadest sense underpins a vast array of
    academic endeavour - geography represents a
    fundamental organising axis for information

16
Spatial Data Infrastructure
SDI encompasses the policies, organisational
remits, data, technologies, standard delivery
mechanism and financial and human resources
necessary to ensure that those working with
spatial data, whether at the global or local
scale, are not impeded in meeting their
objectives (INSPIRE consultation paper, 2003)
  • Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe
    (INSPIRE) Directive
  • UK Location Programme (Our National SDI)
  • UK Academic SDI
  • Some key EDINA/JISC components of the UK Academic
    SDI relevant to IGIBS
  • GoGeo! http//www.gogeo.ac.uk/
  • GeoDoc
  • ShareGeo

17
Main IGIBS Aim Improve UK SDI Interoperability
  • Real world SDI RD requirements
  • Resources
  • Data
  • Public
  • sector

Academic sector
Virtuous Circle
  • Better educated graduates
  • Future customers/employees used to using high
    quality public sector reference data via
    Geospatial Web Services
  • RD requirements get met

18
What EDINA wants from the project
  • A successful story! In other words, some serious
    progress with aim expressed on the previous
    slide.
  • Specifically
  • UK Public Authorities using Shibboleth and it
    made easier for them to share data with the
    academic sector
  • Those EDINA Academic SDI components getting used
    more, eg, 10-15 good quality metadata records
  • A WMS factory tool that demonstrably works and
    gets taken up by the wider GI community
  • A simple mapping application that progresses to
    being integral to the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve
  • Follow-on project(s). Only so much can be
    achieved in 7 months

19
If I had to prioritise
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
20
What EDINA GETS from the project depends on
21
  • IGIBS in the Welsh Assembly Government context

22
  • IGIBS in the University Aberystwyth/IGES context

23
  • WP1 Project Management

24
Project Orientation
  • jiscGEO wiki
  • Official JISC page
  • Programme Manager SLA
  • igibs tag and its use
  • Video on project documentation (the 7 steps)
  • How many of the deliverables can be presented
    during the project as part of the community
    conversation?
  • Turn project plan into Blog posts
  • Team use of Blog

25
With your help today, consider how to re-write
sections, re-package and post
Core IGIBS team (CH, BC, MK) to meet as close to
possible to weekly at IGES and blog regularly.
All others welcome any time either physically or
by Skype
26
Which of these can be blog posts?
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
27
Meetings
  • Weekly, or close to weekly, at IGES. CH will
    come and meet with BC to hold Skype call with MK.
    Others to participate in Skype calls or drop in
    as they wish, or as required, etc.
  • Monthly UKLP Data Publishing Working Group
    meetings
  • 18th May. Dyfi Biosphere Research and Monitoring
    Group meeting
  • 27-30 June, INSPIRE Conference, Edinburgh
  • Final project meeting, Sept/Oct

28
  • WP2 Stakeholder Engagement

29
IGIBS Deliverables (from proposal)
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
30
From the proposal
  • Real world, localised, inter-disciplinary, end
    user problems are brought into focus by
    concentrating on research and education
    requirements which have emerged from the UNESCO
    Dyfi Biosphere reserve
  • work with a range of endusers and potential
    end-users to make sure their requirements inform
  • primarily by the range of academic disciplines
    and public sector organisations represented on
    the Dyfi Biosphere reserve Scientific Advisory
    Group

31
Methodology
  • Include
  • Site visits
  • Hosted meetings
  • Interviews
  • Use of social media tools
  • UoA will test needs tested in
  • Forest Research Platform
  • Education via IGES digital resource centre

32
User Groups
  1. Students, researchers, etc, within IGES
  2. Students, researchers, etc, within the rest of
    the University of Aberystwyth, ie, other
    disciplines
  3. Other academic sector Wales, UK
  4. Other non-academic sector users

1
2
3
4
  • Groups 1-3 research and education related to Dyfi
    Biosphere
  • Group 4. Citizens, see thematic groupings

33
Report articulating real world end user problems
that drove project
  • Use cases not well articulated in project plan
  • Need to be fleshed out
  • Can document in the blog?
  • How to do it?

34
Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at
the dept level
  • What is this?
  • A report primarily for other departments in other
    universities to use
  • Focussed on IGES
  • Needs scoped as will stray into wider Research
    Data Management issues

35
Report articulating future requirements
  • Hopefully one or more blog posts that will emerge
    from the community conversation over the
    duration of the project?

36
  • WP3 Application Development

37
IGIBS Deliverables (from proposal)
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
38
Working prototype of the WMS factory tool
Implementation Questions
  • Mapserver vs.Geoserver
  • Natural Environment Framework (NEF)
  • GIS Library to process user-uploaded data
  • Gdal/Ogr
  • Geotools

39
Choice of WMS
  • Minnesota WMS
  • Existing work done with UKLP
  • Tested for INSPIRE compliance (with EDINA
    extensions)
  • Very fast (given our requirements)
  • Easy to create dynamic WMS instances
  • Geoserver 2.1 RC4 (released 5th April)
  • Still a Release Candidate
  • There is a community plugin funded by OS which
    does not yet implement all the necessary
    extensions for full Technical Guidance v3
    compliance.

40
User-uploaded data
  • Vector and/or raster?
  • SHAPE, GML (gt3.1.1), E00
  • Geotiff, JPEG etc.
  • Metadata
  • The input data alone are not sufficient for a
    production WMS Service.
  • Should the user provide extra metadata? To what
    extent?
  • source, scale, accuracy and intended audience of
    a particular data set.

41
Data Quality
  • Questions to be answered
  • What is the age of the data?
  • Where did it come from?
  • In what medium was it originally produced?
  • What is the areal coverage of the data? (probed)
  • What projection, coordinate system, and datum
    were used in maps? (probed)
  • In what format is the data kept?
  • How was the data checked?
  • Why was the data compiled?
  • What is the reliability of the provider?

42
Current Plan
  • Continuous incremental improvements
  • Design and implement a prototype that can be used
    within a month.
  • Use a point of contact to provide feedback
    after each development iteration
  • Ensure that the project constantly satisfies
    user requirements.
  • Ensure that the project constantly satisfies user
    requirements.

43
Simple mapping application
  • Essential for demonstration purposes
  • Based on the Wales Ecosystem portal if possible
    (an OpenLayers client)

44
  • WP4 Access Control

45
Shibboleth
  • Internet2 consortium
  • Open source package for web Single Sign On across
    admin boundaries based on standards
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)?
  • Organisations can exchange user information and
    make security assertions by obeying privacy
    policies
  • Devolved authentication maintain and leverage
    existing user management
  • Enables finer grained authorisation through use
    of attributes
  • Small coordination centre, large federation of
    organisations (service and identity providers)
  • Many Shibboleth Access Management Federations
  • https//www.aai.dfn.de/links/
  • https//spaces.internet2.edu/display/SHIB/Shibbole
    thFederations

46
UK Access Management Federation
  • Managed by JISC Collections (previously JANET)
    and EDINA
  • Federation Operator JISC Collections
  • Technical and Operational Support EDINA
  • 840 Member Organisations (IdPs and SPs)
  • Approximately 8 million users
  • Cost of running is not insignificant

47
Key Roles within an Access Management Federation
Federation
Service Providers
SP
SP
SP
Identity Providers
SP
Organisations
SP
Coordinating Centre
SP
SP
Users
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
48
Example Shibboleth Login Procedures
http//www.switch.ch/aai/demo/medium.html
49
Why put effort into federated access control?
  • Authentication is the process of verifying that
    claims made concerning a subject, eg, identity,
    who is attempting to access a resource are true,
    ie, authentic
  • Frequently, SDI content and service providers
    need to know who is accessing their valuable,
    secure, protected, etc, data
  • The ability for a group of organisations with
    common objectives, ie, a federation, to securely
    exchange authentication information is a powerful
    SDI enabler
  • Article 19 of the INSPIRE Directive Member
    States may limit public accessetc, etc.
  • Even more so if removing some of the barriers to
    interoperability

50
Why put effort into federated access control
round OWS?
  • Open geospatial interoperability standards
    underpin SDI
  • OGC Standards agnostic about security
  • Grand challenge lack of a genuinely
    interoperable security solution a major barrier
    to all sectors
  • EU requested that ESDIN project focus on testing
    practical existing solutions
  • Prior work by same team (JISC funded SEE-GEO
    project)
  • Demonstrated Shibb Access Control around WMS
  • No changes to the OWS interface specification
  • No changes to the core mainstream Shibboleth

51
Why put effort into federated access control
round OWS?
  • Open geospatial interoperability standards
    underpin SDI
  • OGC Standards agnostic about security
  • Grand challenge lack of a genuinely
    interoperable security solution a major barrier
    to all sectors
  • EU requested that ESDIN project focus on testing
    practical existing solutions
  • Prior work by same team (JISC funded SEE-GEO
    project)
  • Demonstrated Shibb Access Control around WMS
  • No changes to the OWS interface specification
  • No changes to the core mainstream Shibboleth

52
Technology Integration Experiment Webinar
  • Afternoon of Thurs 18th November
  • Approx 30 people turned up on the day
  • EDINA, Snowflake, Cadcorp, Envitia, con terra,
    JRC all demonstrated
  • Different clients (desktop, browser, proxy)
  • Different services (WMS and WFS)
  • Different federations (ESDIN and BKG)

53
OSI - Outcomes
  • Using Shibboleth to protect OWS is practical
  • Not particularly difficult on server side
  • Not particularly difficult with browser based
    clients
  • More subtle with desktop based clients but
    possible with some effort in short space of time
  • This kind of IE testbed approach appreciated by
    participating OGC members
  • Highly likely community support and tooling will
    be available if decision made to operationalise
  • Draft Engineering Report (OGC 11-019r1)

54
An INSPIRE Federation?
  1. One federation and every legally mandated
    organisation joins
  2. Multiple federations one in each country and one
    pan-European
  3. One federation one organisation in each country,
    the INSPIRE point of contact joins the single
    pan-European federation and acts as the gateway
    for all the other legally mandated organisations
    in the country that are standing up INSPIRE
    services

55
An INSPIRE Federation?
OWS Providers
WMS
WFS
WMS
Member State organisations, eg, INSPIRE Points of
Contact
WFS
Coordinating Centre
WMS
WMS
WFS
WFS
WMS
WFS
Key organisations, eg. EEA, JRC
WMS
WFS
56
Workshop at INSPIRE Conference in June
  • Title Shibboleth Federations and Secure SDI
    Outcome and Demonstrations from the OGC Web
    Service Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment
  • Original intention is a re-run of the Nov 2010
    plugfest
  • More public, slicker
  • More member state NMCAs in ESDIN Federation
  • Maybe get more system suppliers to modify their
    software
  • Up the level of discussion
  • IOC Task Force Involvement?

57
IGIBS Deliverables (from proposal)
WP1 Project website wiki and blog Programme reporting and project management documentation
WP2 Report articulating real world end user problems that drove project Best Practice model for using UK academic SDI at the dept level Report articulating future requirements
WP3 Working prototype of the WMS factory tool Simple mapping application Technical recommendations for what is necessary to take the WMS factory tool into production Technical suggestions for enhancements to the relevant components of the UK academic SDI Technical suggestions for taking the mapping application forward
WP4 Demo of UK access management technology being used to secure public sector services in combination with academic sector services Recommendations for further work
INSPIRE Conference June, Edinburgh
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