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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 Edited by: Jeff Huntington

Near real time dataflows on Bathing Water Quality in 2011


To: Eionet National Focal Points and
      Authorised WISE data providers for BWDs

Dear NFP colleagues and WISE data providers for BWDs,

Again this year, I would like to invite you to join the provision of seasonal bathing water quality data (BWQ) to the European Environment Agency (EEA). As you may know, this is the third season in which we provide seasonal and yearly BWQ data through “Eye on Earth” a service that is, given the amount of feedback, very much appreciated by the general public.

There will be introduced a number of changes during this summer. We are now developing version 3 of Eye on Earth which aims to make the platform much more flexible. Another important development is that we will start providing sea surface temperatures during this bathing season, in cooperation with the Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES) marine core service project named MyOcean.

Member Countries are invited to join in the provision of seasonal data during 2011 by transmitting bathing water quality (BWQ) data to the European Environment Agency (EEA). We offer three alternatives.

1. Direct electronic exchange format (machine to machine)
This is the most efficient, SEIS conformant, and versatile option since your data can be used by many sites, not just Eye on Earth. You need to create a GeoRSS channel. GeoRSS is an extension of RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication): a popular format for sharing and exchanging data in line with SEIS principles. Instructions to conform to this format are available at http://observatory.ew.eea.europa.eu/data/georss/BWQ_data_sharing_using_GeoRSS.doc .

2. Near real time data in electronic formats
Your data can be transmitted by email - as you did the years before - to our European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters (ETC/ICM). The address is: bwd@izvrs.si

3. URLs to national or regional providers
As a temporary solution, you can inform us (bwd@izvrs.si) about your website/s where regional seasonal data are available so that our ETC/ICM can pick them from there.

We would appreciate it if you could contact the EEA or our ETC/ICM at your earliest convenience to confirm your data contribution for the upcoming bathing season. If you have any questions to the above, please contact:

·   Peter Kjeld Peter.Kjeld@eea.europa.eu for alternative 1;
·   Marko Kovacic marko.kovacic@izvrs.si for alternative 1, 2 and 3, or;
·   Jesse Goodman jesse.goodman@eea.europa.eu for questions on the “Eye on Earth” website.

We look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely

Jeff Huntington
Head of Eye on Earth group
SEIS support programme