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Thursday, 06 May 2010 Edited by: Jeff Huntington

Near real time dataflows on Bathing Water Quality in 2010

To: Eionet National Focal Points

Dear NFP colleagues,

The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) conformant project on bathing water “Eye on Earth” (if you don’t have Silverlight then  continues this year. The technology has improved considerably and citizens can now easily leave ratings and join social nets for commenting. Air quality indicators are shown as well. The site operates in 26 languages and is connected to 10 Microsoft MSN networks. To date we have received more than 59300 ratings on bathing water points by citizens and global interest is growing considerably.

Member Countries are invited to join in the provision of seasonal data during 2010 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

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 Water (ETC-W). The address is:  

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

We would appreciate it if you could contact the EEA or our ETC-W 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 for alternative 1;
·   Marko Kovacic for alternative 2 and 3, or;
·   Paolo Meozzi 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