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Information Management / Systems

This focal topic comprises:
ICT Fields: 2 - Information Systems, Software ;

Programmes assigned to this field

FONA Research for Sustainability (Forschung für die Nachhaltigkeit)
FONA is a supporting programme of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) of the federal republic of Germany. The objective of this (...)

FONA is a supporting programme of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) of the federal republic of Germany. The objective of this programme is the support of projects and programmes which focus on environmental protection by conservation of natural ressources.

FONA ist ein Rahmenprogramm des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) der Budesrepublik Deutschland. Ziel ist die Förderung von Projekten zum Schutz der Umwelt durch Schonung der Ressourcen.

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KEWA III Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase III) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase III)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
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NRP II 2C Information Technology for the Knowledgeable Society (Informační technologie pro znalostní společnost)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed NRP II is the National programme for the research and development. The (...)

Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed

NRP II is the National programme for the research and development.

The main focus of the program is the research and technological development of software tools and applications enabling more efficient, faster and more reliably connect various entities to the level of  individuals. This will be enabled through optimized infrastructure and tools assurance two-way interactive mobile communications, while the use of information resources andwide application of knowledge databases.
It is therefore a technical solution to the intensive information networked society.
Research activities will focus on research on new platforms with a high degree of interoperability (connectivity), capable of massive parallel use (audiovisual
platforms and open platforms for various types application tasks). This will be a successful component interconnect solutions into larger units.
In response to the above infrastructure will be developed intelligent
decision-making, management and other modules based on the knowledge and intensively searching relevant data processing and often massive datasets.

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OP ŽP PO5 Reducing Industrial pollution and reducing environmental risks (Omezování průmyslového znečištění a snižování environmentálních rizik)
Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks belongs to the priorities of the European Union in the field of the environment. (...)

Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks belongs to the priorities of the
European Union in the field of the environment. Industrial pollution poses risks to human
health and the environment.
Strategies applied so far to reduce environmental load caused by industrial production (endof-pipe technologies, recycling, regeneration) step back. Emphasis is laid on integrated prevention which means transition from the end-of-pipe technologies to the best available techniques (BAT) and the environmental protection in its entirety. The prerequisite needed to reduce the risks is detailed monitoring from the viewpoint of mass and energy balance and the processing of information into the databases made available to the public.
The European Community requirements on reducing environmental loads are an incentive to seek savings in the production, to replace some substances for less harmful ones, to strive for and develop new technologies, technological and technical innovations, which significantly supports the growth, increase of competitiveness and sustainable development. Limitation of industrial pollution and environmental risks is also favourable to economic growth of the regions, to the improvement of human health, and also supports the environmental improvement in its entirety. 
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OPPI PO4 Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation - PO 4 Innovation (OP Podnikání a inovace - PO 4 Inovace)
The programme aims at supporting technical (product and process innovation) and non-technical innovations (organizational and marketing innovation) (...)
The programme aims at supporting technical (product and process innovation) and non-technical innovations (organizational and marketing innovation) in
businesses, including developing their cooperation with research and development organizations, and promote their own corporate capacity for R & D and downstream activities, especially in the SME sector so as to increase the innovative activity of enterprises and the number of firms that perform own research and development. In this context, priority axis is focused primarily on commercialization of R & D results, which can streamline, accelerate and improve innovation processes towards a more competitive sectors of industry and services¨and ensure the sustainability of the industrial development.
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RPV MMR Research for Solutions to Regional Disparities (Výzkum pro řešení regionálních dispartit)
The research programme for the period 2007-2011 in the area of the rural development was called by the  Ministry (...)
The research programme for the period 2007-2011 in the area of the rural development was called by the  Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic (MMR) and will be implemented through the MMR by annual public tendering procedure.
The programme is structured into 4 subprogrammes:
1. Support to regional development
2. Tourism
3. Living
4. Spatial planning

Main objectives of the Programme are : Identification and quantification of regional disparities, Causal analysis of such disparities, Formulation of proposals aimed at the elimination of disparities, Identification of the key factors of problematic developments in the area of competitiveness, innovations, and support for research and development, accessibility of education, land use planning, tourism, and housing, Analysis and differentiation of phenomena with a high degree of spontaneity and phenomena that can be effectively controlled by regulatory measures, Search for theoretical starting points for the development of the regional policy and its components targeting disparities, Definition of instruments used to reduce regional disparities in the assessed areas, Formulation of suita.
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GBIF-D Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und (...)
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und optimale Strategien für ihren Schutz zu entwickeln. Im organismischen Bereich werden bereits seit mehr als 250 Jahren biodiversitätsbezogene wissenschaftliche Daten erhoben und gespeichert; so z.B. in den weltweit auf etwa 3 Milliarden Exemplare geschätzten Beständen naturkundlicher Forschungssammlungen. Diese Sammlungen dienen für viele Forschungsbereiche der Biologie, Medizin oder Umweltwissenschaften als unverzichtbare "Datenbanken des Lebens" und stellen zugleich ein bedeutendes Reservoir genetischer Ressourcen dar. Die hier existierenden Informationen sind jedoch bisher verstreut, nur schwer zugänglich und somit nicht voll nutzbar.

Dieser schwierige Zugriff auf Informationen über Vielfalt und Verschiedenartigkeit von Genen, Arten, Tier- und Pflanzengesellschaften und Ökosystemen verursacht Kosten und beeinträchtigt Entscheidungsprozesse in vielen Bereichen: im Natur- und Artenschutz, bei politischen Entscheidungen oder bei der Suche nach möglichen Quellen für die Biotechnologie.
Die internationale Initiative zu GBIF hat die Vernetzung und freie Verfügbarmachung der weltweit vorhandenen Daten zur biologischen Vielfalt per Mausklick für jedermann über das Internet zum Ziel. Diese Aufgabe ist von einzelnen Staaten nicht zu leisten. Deshalb erarbeitete in den letzten Jahren eine Arbeitsgruppe zur Biodiversitätsinformatik aus Vertretern von 20 Staaten und der EU im Rahmen des Megascience Forums der OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) ein Verfahren für die Einrichtung von GBIF. Als Ergebnis entstand im März 2001 die Einrichtung GBIF auf der Basis einer internationalen Vereinbarung von zu diesem Zeitpunkt 11 beitragszahlenden Staaten. Mittlerweile beteiligen sich über 50 Staaten an der GBIF Initiative.
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GLOWA Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle (Globaler Wandel des Wasserkreislaufs)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed (...)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed and the interactions involved, the extent to which the natural variability of global environmental phenomena is influenced by humankind, the extent to which changes can be forecasted, and the implications of these changes for social systems, in particular with regard to the aim of sustainable development. Because global environmental changes alter the current and future living conditions of people, there is an increasing need to shift this research towards more direct practical applications in order to help to provide answers to the questions raised by stakeholders and decision-makers. As a major contribution to this effort the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the program GLOWA. GLOWA is embedded in the BMBF research framework program on research for sustainability.
GLOWA focuses on the problem of water availability. The medium and long-term availability of water is not only called into question by the continuous growth of the world population and in some areas by the excessive use of water resources, but is also increasingly influenced by global environmental changes. The aim of GLOWA is to develop simulation-tools and instruments which will allow to develop and to realize strategies for sustainable and future-oriented water management at regional level (river basins of approx. 100.000 km²), while taking into account global environmental changes and socioeconomic framework conditions.
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MiKlip Decadal Climate Prediction (Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen (MiKlip))
The objective of the proposed funding measure is to develop a model system for forecasting the expected climate changes and its related extreme (...)
The objective of the proposed funding measure is to develop a model system for forecasting the expected climate changes and its related extreme weather phenomena on a time scale of up to ten years with consideration of both, anthropogenically induced changes and natural climate variation. In technical terms, methods of seasonal forecasting must be combined with climate projection methods.

Apart from short-term forecasting on the one hand and long-term climate scenarios on the other hand, there is an increasing need for reliable climate information covering periods of several years up to even decades, because economic planning and also planning in politics and society usually refer to periods of around ten years. The model system that is to be developed within the framework of this funding measure is expected to contribute to the generation of reliable information on the climate development on these time horizons. The resulting climate forecasts will provide the basis for improving the capacity of industry and society to adapt to future climate variations. This funding measure is motivated by the needs of these end users.

Work on the new model system will entail great new challenges for the development of existing and new methods. This covers in particular the determination of the initial state, the description of the processes that are crucial for decadal climate prediction (e. g. modelling of the cryosphere or biosphere), the increase of spatial resolution through regionalization, the improvement or adaptation of statistical post-processing, and last but not least, the synthesis and validation of the entire model system.

The present approach widens the range of research activities and measures on how to deal with climate change as part of the High-Tech Strategy (HTS) for Climate Protection in the area "Knowledge - a basis for climate protection and adaptation".
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Graduiertenkolleg 1131 Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets. Applications in Geospatial Planning, Modeling, and Engineering
The primary research goal of this IRTG is the enhancement of scientific and information visualization techniques applied to large and unstructured (...)

The primary research goal of this IRTG is the enhancement of scientific and information visualization techniques applied to large and unstructured data sets. Every visualization task is based on application data. For providing these data, we integrate applications from the domain "Geospatial Planning, Modeling, and Engineering", which produce these huge amounts of unstructured data that are of interest for the planned visualization tasks. This integration is necessary to allow a deeper understanding of the provided data due to the sharing of knowledge through the projects.
Up to now, visualization of large and structured or small and unstructured data sets is the state of the art. Large and unstructured data sets are still not very well understood, especially with respect to visualization. In order to address these questions, we define a set of projects aiming at solving these problems. In detail, we are handling visualization problems, with respect to modeling, feature detection, and comparison tasks. For doing this, both the extension of existing techniques and the development of new ones are intended.
In the application areas there is an increasing need to handle huge amounts of unstructured data. For example, nowadays environmental monitoring systems are capable of measuring data at a very high resolution and in a large number of frequency bands. On the other hand, in scaled-down earthquake laboratory experiments within a centrifuge improved sensor technology permits the measurement of an increased number of parameters at higher sampling rates. Finally, earthquake simulations produce more and more data because of more elaborate simulation techniques. All these improvements in measurement technology lead to large, high-dimensional data sets. Visualizing these data is very useful to get new insights into the problems involved.

In the application areas huge amounts of data are produced either by data from field measurements like environmental observation stations, from experiments and from simulation. The data is then visualized based on improved or newly developed visualization techniques like volume modeling, feature detection and visualization, etc.
The research objectives described above are backed by parallel analyses conducted in our partner country, the U.S. In [1] the needs for further research in the area of visualization as seen by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) are described.
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Projects assigned to this field

EnerKey Energy as a Key Element of an Integrated Climate Protection Concept for the City Region of Gauteng, South Africa (EnerKey)
Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving (...)

Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving industrial nation. Energy poverty and social equity ("electricity for all") has high relevance on the post-apartheid political agenda. Local emissions from coal burning are an important health issue. Poor cooking devices form a severe threat due to the risk of large shack fires in informal settlement. Lately the issue of climate change has become more and more important - South Africa relying almost entirely on coal and being number 12 globally of the biggest CO2 emittants. It emits roughly 40% of the CO2 emissions of the African continent.

 

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WaterFrame WaterFrame: Cooperative Development of Waters Information Systems in Baden-Württemberg, Thüringen and Bayern (WaterFrame: Kooperative Entwicklung von Gewässerinformationssystemen in Baden-Württemberg, Thüringen und Bayern)
Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive is a joint task of the water management administrations. It can only be managed when (...)
Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive is a joint task of the water management administrations. It can only be managed when environmental authorities on all administrative levels cooperate closely. The Water Framework Directive generally is considered one of the most ambitious projects of European environmental legislation. It is the major driver of the further development of water information systems. It is the objective of the Water Framework Directive to protect all water bodies in Europe according to a uniform standard.

Source: kewa2-iitb-wf.pdf  (http://www.fachdokumente.lubw.baden-wuerttemberg.de)
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BodenseeOnline BodenseeOnline - Online Information System for the Management of Lakes using the Example of Lake of Constance (BodenseeOnline - Online Informationssystem für das Management von Seen am Beispiel des Bodensees)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for (...)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for the management of lakes and for the support of water management decisions relating to integrated water protection and accident prevention. The online information system describes, quantifies, and predicts anthropogenic impacts with the help of numerical models.

Source: http://www.bodenseeonline.de/

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ÖGIS Austrian Health Information System (Österreichisches Gesundheitsinformationssystem)
In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (...)

In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (UGIS)" in 1991 in charge of the Austrian Ministry of Health (BMG). The main goal of UGIS (since 1999 renewed to "Austrian Health Information System", ÖGIS) is to collect and organize data on health and environment in order to provide quick replies to questions of the Ministry of Health. The system should be an easily and quickly accessible information tool regarding health and environment in Aus-tria. ÖBIG is collecting data from different authorities like Statistic Austria, provincial govern-ments, social insurances agencies, Ministry of Health, Austrian Medical Association etc..

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EUROSTAT Statistical Office of the European Communities
Eurostat was established in 1953 to meet the requirements of the Coal and Steel Community. Over the years its task has broadened and when the (...)
Eurostat was established in 1953 to meet the requirements of the Coal and Steel Community. Over the years its task has broadened and when the European Community was founded in 1958 it became a Directorate-General (DG) of the European Commission. Eurostat’s key role is to supply statistics to other DGs and supply the Commission and other European Institutions with data so they can define, implement and analyse Community policies.
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ECHIM European Community Health Indicators Monitoring
The general objective of ECHIM is to consolidate and expand the ECHI Indicator system towards a sustainable health monitoring system in Europe. The (...)
The general objective of ECHIM is to consolidate and expand the ECHI Indicator system towards a sustainable health monitoring system in Europe. The focus will be on collecting and disseminating comparable health data and information based on the ECHI shortlist. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with Member States, the European Commission, Eurostat, WHO, OECD and other international organisations with the aim of supporting the EU Health Strategy.

Specific objectives are to:
1. improve, document and maintain the ECHI Indicators,
2. develop guidelines and MS specific plans for ECHI shortlist indicators implementation at MS, regional and EU-level, as needed,
3. implement ECHI shortlist indicators in MSs and to achieve a good coverage,
4. maintain a network of national health indicator experts for ECHI Indicators and the needed data collection,
5. map, design and test the data flow between MSs and a central capacity for health monitoring,
6. present health data based on the ECHI shortlist, in connection with the EUPHIX system, and
7. produce the first joint analysis and report on data based on ECHI shortlist indicators.

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LUPO Federal State Environmental Portals of Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia (Landesumweltportale der Länder Baden-Württemberg, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen)
Environmental portals shall better open up the distributed environmentally relevant web offers of authorities according to the Environmental (...)


Environmental portals shall better open up the distributed environmentally relevant web offers of authorities according to the Environmental Information Act. The user shall be granted comfortable access from a central point to the web offers mentioned.

Editors centrally compile all metadata on all information offers and administrate them. This database is the starting point for the operation of this portal. It is aimed at minimizing the expenditure of both the editors and the administrators of the information offers.


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Urban energetic control system Intelligent approach to energetic system control of urban agglomeration. (Inteligentní systém pro řízení energetického systému městské aglomerace.)
The aim of the project is a design of a modular intelligent control system for energetic networks of urban agglomerations and the implementation of (...)
The aim of the project is a design of a modular intelligent control system for energetic networks of urban agglomerations and the implementation of its basic parts. The developed system enables continuous control of heat or electric distribution in a urban agglomeration with respect to climatic conditions and operational states of particular energetic sources. The project results will ensure an increased efficiency in energetic system operations with minimization of additional demands put on operators.The final outputs are obtained through principles of intelligent control theory.
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MOEBIUS Conceptiual Design and Development of open-source based Applications for the Acquisition of environmental Informations via Mobile Computing as Data Source for Operative Environmental Information Systems (Konzeption und Entwicklung open-source basierender Anwendungen zur Erfassung umweltrelevanter Informationen via Mobile Computing als Datenquelle für Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (MOEBIUS) )
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur (...)
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur Generierung und Planung von Maßnahmen im Rahmen des kontinuierlichen Verbesserungsprozesses notwendig sind, findet häufig ein sog. Medienbruch statt. Dies bedeutet, dass umweltrelevante Daten für die Durchführung des Stoffstrommanagements bzw. Umweltmanagements teilweise erst händisch auf nicht digitalen Medien (z.B. auf Papier) im Rahmen einer Produktionsbegehung erfasst werden, um dann anschließend in IT-Systeme übertragen werden zu müssen, damit diese Daten in sog. Betrieblichen Umweltinformationssystemen (BUIS) analysiert und für die Ableitung von betrieblichen Umweltschutzmaßnahmen genutzt werden können. Teilweise sind diese umweltrelevanten Informationen über Input- und Outputströme an einer Maschine insbesondere in KMUs noch nicht einmal bekannt bzw. es ist nur im Groben bekannt, welchen Weg einzelne Stoffströme in einem Betrieb durchlaufen (z.B. in einer Abfallbehandlungsanlage). Diese Problematik verschärft sich häufig noch, wenn man spezielle Stoffströme wie Wasser, Wasserdampf oder Energie betrachtet. Zu Erfassung dieser Ströme gibt es häufig Zähler, die aber manuell abgelesen werden müssen. Das regelmäßige Ablesen der Zählerstände wird meist noch per Zettel und Bleistift durchgeführt.

Das Projekt MOEBIUS wird gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) unter der Fördernummer 17N2109
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GIS-KliSchee Adaptation of Winter Sports Tourism to Climate Change and Weather Variability in German Low Mountain Ranges ( Anpassung des Wintersporttourismus in den deutschen Mittelgebirgen an Klimawandel und Witterungsvariabilität)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und (...)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und Einstrahlung unter Einsatz von Satellitenbildern das lokale Schneepotenzial zu erfassen und wahrscheinliche Änderungsszenarien, abgeleitet aus regionalen Klimamodellrechnungen, flächenscharf vorzuhalten. Die Einbindung in ein Geographisches Informationssystem (GIS) ermöglicht die Integration von Daten zu bestehenden Infrastruktureinrichtungen, ökologischen Vorranggebieten und ökonomischen Parametern, so dass ein für die räumliche Planung nutzbares Expertensystem entsteht, mit dem Investitionsentscheidungen vorbereitet werden können und – je nach Schneepotenzial – unterschiedliche Adaptionsstrategien vorgeschlagen werden.
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