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Focal Topic
Information Management / Systems

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

Programmes assigned to this field

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.

Czech Republic Details
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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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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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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UFOPLAN 2009 Environmental Research Plan 2009 (Umweltforschungsplan 2009)
Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz (...)

Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit in Form von Zuwendungen oder öffentlichen Aufträgen (Verträgen) in Wettbewerbsverfahren selbst zu vergeben.

Die betreffenden Vorhaben sind im Einzelnen in Form einer Übersicht dargestellt. Diese umfasst auch Vorhaben zur Klimaschutzinitiative des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, die vom Umweltbundesamt vergeben werden.

Interessenbekundungen können formlos, jedoch getrennt für jedes einzelne Projekt mit folgenden Angaben eingereicht werden:

  • Forschungskennzahl (FKZ),
  • Forschungsthema,
  • Fachgebietsnummer des Umweltbundesamtes,
  • Darstellung der fachlichen Kompetenz und Leistungsfähigkeit für das zu bearbeitende Forschungsthema (Referenzen, Veröffentlichungen, einschlägige Arbeiten) sowie zur personellen und technischen Kapazität,
  • Darstellung eines inhaltlichen Eigeninteresses an der Durchführung des Projekts und ggf. Höhe der finanziellen Eigenbeteiligung.

Sofern Interessenten ein Eigeninteresse an der Durchführung eines Projekts zeigen, können vom Umweltbundesamt unter Berücksichtigung der Interessenlage Zuschüsse (Zuwendungen) an die ausgewählten Projektdurchführer in einem öffentlich-rechtlichen Verfahren vergeben werden. Hierzu wird vom Zuwendungsempfänger eine finanzielle Beteiligung an den Kosten / Ausgaben in angemessenem Umfang erwartet. Eine Vielzahl von Projekten wird auch in Form von Forschungs- und Entwicklungs- oder Werkverträgen vergeben, wobei das Umweltbundesamt nur im Einzelfall die ausschließlichen Nutzungsrechte für sich beansprucht.

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PEI GAUSS - PhD Programme for Environmental Informatics (GAUSS - Promotionsprogramm für Umweltinformatik)
Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, (...)

Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, die jede für sich Objekte, Strukturen, regulatorische Netzwerke, Prozesse (Signale, Stoff- und Informationsflüsse) u.ä. auf verschiedenen Skalen- und Integrationsniveaus mit Informatikwerkzeugen studieren und modellieren. Unter dem Dach der Umweltinformatik sollte der Wissenstransfer und die systemorientierte Integration über Skalenstufen der raumbezogenen Bio-, Öko- und Umweltsysteme mittels moderner Informatik Methoden und Technologien gefördert und verbessert werden. Durch die Etablierung des Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, eingebettet in GAUSS und in die Forschungslandschaft Göttingen, wird auch diesem wichtigen Integrationsansatz auf Systemebene durch eine effiziente akademische und bildungsbezogene Maßnahme Rechnung getragen. Die exzellente biologische, ökosystemare, umweltbezogene und mathematische Forschung in Göttingen erfordert die Etablierung eines entsprechenden integrativen Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, aus dem wichtige innovative wissenschaftliche Impulse und Beiträge erwartet werden.

Unter der Federführung der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik und unter Beteiligung der Fakultäten für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, für Biologie und für Geowissenschaften und Geographie, ist das Programm für Umweltinformatik (PEI) Bestandteil der "Georg-August University School of Science", Acronym: GAUSS und der im Aufbau befindlichen "Göttingen Graduate School of Terrestical Ecosystems", Acronym GGTE.

 
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RPV MŽP - SP4 Land monitoring and the assessment tools (SP4 - Pozorování Zeme a nástroje pro posuzování)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following (...)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following issues: 
SP4h - Optimization of information including research applications for higher efficiency and
general availability of information
SP4i - Methods and tools for predicting and assessment, including modeling of socio-economic aspects of the sustainable development.

The sub programme objectives are:
- Develop a policies effectiveness evaluation methodology based on the principle of sustainable development.
- Develop proposals for tools and methodologies for digitalization of the maps
and information on the environment and finalize the integrated database of old
damage sites (contaminated areas and others).
- Create a new information structure within the scope of the environmental sector including
integrated entrance to information.
- Develop proposals for the updated model for lifelong learning education in environmental fields.
- Identify, measure and assess effectivity of public funds to the evironment protection..
- Create a system of indicators for evaluating the links between environment,
economy and society.
- The economically recycle used and selected secondary materials.
- Effective regeneration of old industrial regions.

The sub programme wins:
- Evaluation of policies according to the principle of sustainable development.
- Local maps with data on the environment in the network.
- Completion of an integrated database of old damage sites.
- Easy access to electronic sources of information on environmental and upgrading information infrastructure, including the implementation of model management
with knowledge of the real-life environment management information processes.
- Higher transparency in public spending on environmental protection.
- Continuous monitoring of the development exact environment in CR.
- Increase efficiency use of secondary raw materials.
- New possibilities of regeneration of old industrial region.
Czech Republic Details
BIS Building the Information Society (Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient (...)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient R& D in all research fields. The Government of the Slovak Republic approved in accordance with the priorities of the State Science and Technology Policy Resolution No.1007 of 4 September 2002 6 cross-national research and development programes by addressing research and development projects  in selected fields of research and development ensure increasing levels of selected economic and social areas.
Slovakia Details
UPB Environmental Probe Database of the German Federation (Umweltprobenbank des Bundes)
Aufgaben und Ziele Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik (...)

Aufgaben und Ziele

Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gewonnen, charakterisiert und bei Temperaturen unter minus 150° C so gelagert, dass sich die chemische Zusammensetzung ihrer Inhaltsstoffe über Jahrzehnte nicht verändert.

Zur Gewährleistung des hohen wissenschaftlichen Anspruchs an die Umweltprobenbank wurden während der Aufbauphase vorrangig folgende Aufgaben bearbeitet:

 

Die Belegproben der Umweltprobenbank sollen insbesondere für folgende Aufgaben genutzt werden:

  • Kontinuierliche Überwachung der Konzentration gegenwärtig bereits bekannter Schadstoffe durch systematische Charakterisierung (Monitoring) der gewonnenen Proben vor ihrer Archivierung;
  • Trendaussagen über lokale, regionale und globale Entwicklungen der Schadstoffbelastungen auf der Grundlage authentischen Materials aus der Vergangenheit (Trend- und ökotoxikologische Aussagen);
  • Bestimmung der Konzentration von Stoffen, die zur Zeit der Einlagerung (Sicherung) noch nicht als Schadstoffe erkannt waren oder nicht mit ausreichender Genauigkeit analysiert werden konnten (retrospektives Monitoring);
  • Überprüfung früher ermittelter Monitoring-Ergebnisse;
  • Anwendung standardisierter Methodenbeschreibungen (Standardarbeitsanweisungen) für Probentransport, -aufarbeitung, -charakterisierung und -lagerung als notwendige Voraussetzung zur Gewinnung vergleichbarer Ergebnisse;
  • Verwendung als Referenzproben zur Dokumentation der analytischen Leistungsverbesserung.
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CLIBIO Impacts of Climate Change and Biodiversity Effects
Assessment of the economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity: macro-economic implications of selected climate change impacts on the EU (...)
Assessment of the economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity: macro-economic implications of selected climate change impacts on the EU national economies and the economic assessment of human-caused changes in biodiversity services.
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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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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..

Austria Details
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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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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MegaRun Simulation and Understanding of Glacial Cycles
Understanding the mechanisms of glacial climate change represents a major scientific challenge. In spite of considerable progress in empirical (...)

Understanding the mechanisms of glacial climate change represents a major scientific challenge. In spite of considerable progress in empirical palaeoclimatology achieved in recent decades, the nature of glacial climate variability remains debatable and no generally accepted theory of glacial cycles exists. The aim of MegaRun is to gain considerable progress in understanding past climate changes by using an Earth system model of intermediate complexity in conjunction with data analysis.

The major goal of the MegaRun project is to perform simulations of the temporal dynamics of climate and ice sheets during the whole Quaternary period (ca. last 2 million years) using orbital forcing as the only externally prescribed forcing. Changes in the atmospheric concentration of major greenhouse gases and dust loading and deposition will be interactively simulated by the new version of CLIMBER-2-ICE model which is currently under development.

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GLOWA Danube Integrative Techniques, Szenarios and Strategies for the Future of Water in the upper Danube Area (Integrative Techniken, Szenarien und Strategien zur Zukunft des Wassers im Einzugsgebiet der Oberen Donau)
Global Climate Change will increasingly have regional impacts on the water resources. More frequent floods, low flows and droughts, the retreat of (...)
Global Climate Change will increasingly have regional impacts on the water resources. More frequent floods, low flows and droughts, the retreat of glaciers and of snow cover in the Alps as well as changes of the natural and agrarian vegetation particularly in the Upper Danube watershed will be likely consequences of Climate Change. They will influence strongly the future development of the region. In order to facilitate the most effective planning of future investments for decades (e.g. in energy management, farming, tourism, industry), an intensive examination of the regional consequences of Climate Change is necessary.

GLOWA-Danube is a research and development program focusing on the comprehensive analysis of the future of water resources of the Upper Danube. In GLOWA-Danube the impact of Climate Change of a broad range of sectors is investigated. Furthermore the project identifies and simulates strategies for adaptation to and mitigation of the consequences of Climate Change and tests their effectiveness. In GLOWA-Danube a team of researchers from different natural and socio-economic science disciplines work closely together in an interdisciplinary, university-based competence network since 2001.

Source: DANUBE Homepage
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