SISE-relevant Activities

These activities are examples of projects, programmes and initiatives of different background and size.

The GIGAS Coordinated Support Action

The GEOSS, INSPIRE and GMES an Action in Support (GIGAS) promotes the coherent and interoperable development of the GMES, INSPIRE and GEOSS initiatives through their concerted adoption of standards, protocols, and open architectures. Given the complexity and dynamics of each initiative and the large number of stakeholders involved, the key added value of GIGAS is bringing together the leading organisations in Europe who are able to make a difference and achieve a truly synergistic convergence of the initiatives.


NESIS is a network aiming to support public authorities in monitoring and reporting environmental impacts and to streamline the current reporting system. The “Network to enhance a European Environmental Shared and Interoperable Information System” refers to the SEIS initiative of the European Commission and the EEA. NESIS intends to bridge the gap between the ICT domain and the public authorities mandated to create, manage and exchange environmental information.


The directive “Infrastructures for Spatial Information in Europe” INSPIRE focuses on spatial data that are held by or on behalf of public authorities. INSPIRE targets environmental policies, however, other sectors such as agriculture, transport and energy may benefit, too, once this infrastructure is in place.
The proposal of the INSPIRE directive lays down general rules for the various components of a framework for a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) with metadata, interoperable network services, data sharing and rules for the development of a European geo-portal.


The project ORCHESTRA (Open Architecture and Spatial Data Infrastructure for Risk Management 2004-2008) designs and implements the specifications for a service-oriented spatial data infrastructure for improved interoperability among risk management authorities in Europe.


SANY contributes to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative by improving the interoperability of in-situ sensors and sensor networks, and allows the reuse of data and services from currently incompatible sources.


The intergovernmental programme GEOSS (2005-2015) is coordinated by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). It aims at integrating Earth observation systems into a global system that can be applied to various areas of environmental science and management. GEOSS is composed of a variety of systems including those for data collection, processing, discovery and dissemination. Currently the GEOSS programme is focussing on the following nine societal benefit areas (SBA) including agriculture, biodiversity, disaster prevention and management of energy.


The objective of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is to provide, on a sustained and operational basis, reliable and timely services related to environmental and security issues in support of public policy needs. GMES is an EU-led initiative, in which the European Space Agency (ESA) implements the space component and the EC manages actions for identifying and developing services.