Seminar Porto Alegre 2012

SHARING ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION:
ISSUES OF OPEN ENVIRONMENTAL DATA IN LATIN AMERICA

August, 23 & 24 2012Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Porto Alegre, Brazil

               

For any question, please email: HHasenack@ufrgs.br or pierre.gautreau@univ-paris1.fr

 

EXTENDED SUMMARIES, PRESENTATIONS AND VIDEOS

Texts and presentations are written in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

 – Luís Marcelo Achite (Instituto Inter-Americano para Pesquisas em Mudanças Globais). AI Data and Information System: Making data available for the IAI community.                                       summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.iai.int/

– Bachman L & Ajón A (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina). Open environmental data: some reflexions about their use for teaching environmental matters in the secondary school in Argentina.                                                                                                                                              summary/presentation/video/

– Luis Bahiana (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística). A Documentação de Dados Geoespaciais Tematicos no Ambito   do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica – IBGE.                                                                                                                                                        summary/presentation/video/

 – Vanderlei Canhos (Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA, São Paulo). Data infrastructure, tools and webservices for the diffusion of Brazilian biodiversity data. summary/presentation/video/website of this project:  www.cria.org.br

– Ricardo Cifuentes (Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales).    summary/presentation/video/website of this project:http://www.olca.cl/oca/index.htm

– Cecilia Cleaves (Instituto de Agricultura, Recursos Naturales y Ambiente, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala). El aporte de la academia en la difusión de información estratégica socioambiental de Guatemala.                                                                                                               summary/presentation/video/website of this project: www.url.edu.gt/iarnawww. infoiarna.org.gt

 – Priscilla Costa (University of Brasília, Department of Geography). The Brazilian Environmental Information Policy and its Implementation Process Web: instruments, achievements and challenges in the context of the Ministry of  Environment.                                                                                                                                             summary/presentation/video/

 – Gustavo Cruzate (National Institute for Agricultural Technology, Argentina). The GEOINTA spatial data system.                                                                                                                                                      summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://geointa.inta.gov.ar/

– Cristina Damborena (Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Ministry -in representation of). The National Biological Data System from Argentina.                                                                  summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.sndb.mincyt.gob.ar/

 – Pierre Gautreau & Delphine Montagne (Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France). Exploring the reasons to share localized biodiversity data in the Internet: strategies of public institutions and amateur networks in France.                                                                                                                                                     summary/presentation/video/

– Pierre Gautreau, Heinrich Hasenack, Louca Lerch, Gabriela Merlinsky, Matthieu Noucher, Marta Severo (Baguala Project). A comparison of the open environmental data diffusion in Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil from web exploration and field work among institutions.                                                                                                                                                 summary/presentation/video/

– Heinrich Hasenack & Eliseu José Weber (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul). Access to spatial digital data published in an academic site: a demand indicator?                                               summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.ecologia.ufrgs.br/labgeo/

 – Ricardo Miranda de Britez, Hubert Höfer, Florian Raub, Allan Modolo (Museu Estadual de História Natural Karlsruhe, Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental). A database about scientific researches and projects in the Paraná coast.                                                                  summary/presentation/video/

 – Marc Leobet (Mission de l’Information Géographique, French Ministry of Environment, France). The French experience  of environmental data sharing : Why France supported the INSPIRE European directive?                                                                                                                                                 summary/presentation/video/

– Louca Lerch (Geneva University, Swiss). Geographic and environmental data in Bolivia (2007-2011). After the neoliberal governmentality, the Bolivian spatial data infrastructure?                                                                                                                                  summary/presentation/video/

 – Guillaume Leturcq (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Université du Mans). Access to and dissemination of data on dams and people affected by dams in Brazil.                                    summary/presentation/video/

 – Sébastien Linares (Environmental Direction of French Guyana). Sharing and diffusing environmental and geographic data in French Guiana with the platform Geoguyane.                                                                                                                                            summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.geoguyane.fr/catalogue/

 – Leonidas Lizarraga (Administración de Parques Nacionales, Argentina). The biodiversity information system of National Argentinean Parks Administration.                                                                                                                                summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.sib.gov.ar/

– Fernando Molina (Geobolivia project, Bolivia). The Spatial Data Infrastructure of the Plurinational State of Bolivia: current situation and perspective.                                                                                                                                        summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.geo.gob.bo/

 – Andrés Napoli (NGO FARN, Argentina). The website “Qué pasa, Riachuelo?”: pushing back the limits of information access in Buenos Aires suburbs.                                                                                                                                                 summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://quepasariachuelo.org.ar/

– Sandra Nicolle (Université Antilles-Guyane / UMR Ecofog). Sharing and distributing environmental data: Study cases in the French and Brazilian Amazonian context.                                                                                                                                                   summary/presentation/video/

– Laurent Poncet (Deputy director of Natural Heritage Service at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in charge of National Inventory, France). Issues of the qualification and diffusion of biodiversity data in France.                                                                                                               summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://inpn.mnhn.fr/accueil/index?lg=en

– Hesley Py (INDE). The Brazilian National Spatial Data infrastructure.                                   summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.inde.gov.br/

– Jorditanea Souto & Alderleia Marinho M. Coelho (Brazilian Institute for the Environment, IBAMA). The digital repository of the IBAMA.                                                                                                summary/presentation/video/website of this project: http://www.ibama.gov.br/servicos/biblioteca-digital

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SCIENTIFIC COMMITEE

 

– Heinrich Hasenack (Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul).

 

– Gabriela Merlinsky (Universidad de Buenos Aires).

 

– Pierre Gautreau (Université Panthéon Sorbonne).

 

– Yuri Sandoval (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés)

 

– Arilson Favareto (Universidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo)

 

– Richard Raymond (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)

 

– Matthieu Noucher (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Bordeaux)


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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

SHARING VIEWS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DATA. Several convergent factors explain the current rising phenomenon of open environmental data diffusion on th Internet. Permanent innovations in techniques are accompanied and driven by an increased demand by citizens to be informed about their environment, the recognition by states of a right to information, as well as an acceleration of environmental changes and the associated risks and conflicts they convey. In consequence, we can observe the multiplication of online biodiversity observatories, websites about environmental conflicts, geographical information systems, spatial data infrastructures and several other kinds of free-access databases or open environmental data. Due to its novelty and magnitude, this process has not yet been sufficiently analyzed, and several of the issues at stake for society have not yet been evaluated. What are the characteristics of online free-access environmental information and its similarities and differences with other kinds of information? What are the dissemination strategies adopted by those who have decided to share their data on the Internet and their technical options (kind of website, type of software…)? Is the social impact of the information diffused online measurable? To what extent is this diffusion changing citizens’ perceptions of environmental problems, the development of environmental public policies and the possibility of exerting social control over these policies?
The seminar “Sharing Environmental Information” proposes to bring together people of different fields interested by the scientific, institutional and social implications of open environmental data. To start addressing some of the above mentioned questions, it is necessary to bring together the institutions in charge of data release, the potential users of this data and researchers from several disciplines. It is also necessary to encourage exchanges of specialists in seemingly separated themes (biodiversity, pollution, social conflicts, land use, etc.), or in different data formats (geographical data, statistical data, journalism, etc.), who together contribute to creating the “supply” of open data.

A BALANCE OF LATIN AMERICAN INITIATIVES IN OPEN ENVIRONMENTAL DATA. This event is an invitation to discuss the issues relating to the diverse Latin American initiatives to release open environmental data in the Internet. How can the projects that diffuse environmental data be adapted to heterogeneous social and environmental contexts? Which technologies or data formats are best suited to inform citizens about environmental questions? How can transnational information systems be designed? How has the internet changed access to environmental information on the continent? What are the consequences of open data for environmental democracy and justice?
Our objective is to bring together people of several Latin American countries, to exchange and discuss experiences, with the participation of members of European institutions dedicated to environmental information. We will also present the preliminary results of the Baguala project, on the social uses of environmental data in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and France.

THEMATIC AXES. We invite all people or institutions interested to send a proposition for the seminar linked to at least one of the following axes:

1. Detailed presentations of open environmental data diffusion in the WEB. Description of the project’s history, its technical and organizational aspects, its current applications, its evolution and its future prospects. This axis includes specific online projects (environmental observatories, spatial data infrastructures or gateway websites about a particular environmental theme) and more globally data release policies.

2. Methods of analyzing the supply of open environmental data (available data on the Web). Presentation and/or comparison of methods of analysis, studies of the spatial heterogeneity of the territorial coverage of open data, identification of gaps in information relating to specific themes or territories, characterization of emerging actors in civil society who produce and release open data.

3. Open data and environmental governance. Public policies on open data release, political challenges in building open databases, ways of determining which data may or may not be released, role played today by open data in public environmental policies, new social uses of open environmental data.

4. How to measure the social impact of open environmental data? Methods of measuring the social impacts, case studies, characterization of the main types of open data users, differentiation of the impacts according to the kind of data (spatial, statistic, iconic…).

PRESENTATION AND SELECTION OF PAPERS. We invite researchers, public or private institutions linked to issues of open data and users of these data (NGOs, consultants, associations, etc.) to propose a paper, related to the questions and the four axes detailed above. The submission deadline for proposals (summarized in up to 450 words) is the 30th of June 2012, in order to create parallel sessions : the sooner you send your proposal, the best chances you have to be included in these sessions. You will be informed of the acceptance or refusal to your proposition in one week.

Papers may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

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PROGRAM

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 The formation of open environmental data systems

9h30 – 11h30 – Session (moderator : Heinrich Hasenack)

– Heinrich Hasenack & Pierre Gautreau. Introduction to the seminar.

– Hesley Py (INDE). The Brazilian National Spatial Data infrastructure.

– Marc Leobet (Mission de l’Information Géographique, French Ministry of Environment, France). The French experience  of environmental data sharing : Why France supported the INSPIRE European directive?

– Fernando Molina (Geobolivia project, Bolivia). The Spatial Data Infrastructure of the Plurinational State of Bolivia: current situation and perspective. http://www.geo.gob.bo/

11h30 – 12 h – Break

12h – 13h30 – Session (moderator : Heinrich Hasenack)

– Louca Lerch (Geneva University, Swiss). Geographic and environmental data in Bolivia (2007-2011). After the neoliberal governmentality, the Bolivian spatial data infrastructure?

– Gustavo Cruzate (National Institute for Agricultural Technology, Argentina). The GEOINTA spatial data system. http://geointa.inta.gov.ar/

– Pierre Gautreau & Delphine Montagne (Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France). Exploring the reasons to share localized biodiversity data in the Internet: strategies of public institutions and amateur networks in France.

– Cristina Damborena (Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Ministry -in representation of). The National Biological Data System from Argentina. http://www.sndb.mincyt.gob.ar/

 13h30 – 15h – Lunch

 15h-17h30 – Session (moderator : Louca Lerch)

– Leonidas Lizarraga (Administración de Parques Nacionales, Argentina). The biodiversity information system of National Argentinean Parks Administration. http://www.sib.gov.ar/

– Laurent Poncet (Deputy director of Natural Heritage Service at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in charge of National Inventory, France). Issues of the qualification and diffusion of biodiversity data in France. http://inpn.mnhn.fr/accueil/index?lg=en

– Priscilla Costa (University of Brasília, Department of Geography). The Brazilian Environmental Information Policy and its Implementation Process Web: instruments, achievements and challenges in the context of the Ministry of Environment.

– Vanderlei Canhos (Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, CRIA, São Paulo). Data infrastructure, tools and webservices for the diffusion of Brazilian biodiversity data.

– Luís Marcelo Achite (Instituto Inter-Americano para Pesquisas em Mudanças Globais). AI Data and Information System: Making data available for the IAI community. http://www.iai.int/

17h30 – 17h45 – Break

 17h45 – 18h45 – Discussion

« Inequalities in the access to environmental information in Latin America and Europe: what is changing with the diffusion of open data? ».

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 Measuring the supply and uses of open data

9h30 – 11h30 – Session (moderator : Gabriela Merlinsky)

– Pierre Gautreau, Heinrich Hasenack, Louca Lerch, Gabriela Merlinsky, Matthieu Noucher, Marta Severo (Baguala Project). A comparison of the open environmental data diffusion in Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil from web exploration and field work among institutions. Some figures can be seen here.

– Luis Bahiana (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística). A Documentação de Dados Geoespaciais Tematicos no Ambito   do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica – IBGE.

– Sébastien Linares (Environmental Direction of French Guyana). Sharing and diffusing environmental and geographic data in French Guiana with the platform Geoguyane. http://www.geoguyane.fr/catalogue/

– Heinrich Hasenack & Eliseu José Weber (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul). Access to spatial digital data published in an academic site: a demand indicator? http://www.ecologia.ufrgs.br/labgeo/

11h30 – 12 h – Break

12h – 13h30 – Session (moderator : Gabriela Merlinsky)

– Jorditanea Souto & Alderleia Marinho M. Coelho (Brazilian Institute for the Environment, IBAMA). The digital repository of the IBAMA.

– Hubert Höfer, Florian Raub, Ricardo Miranda de Britez, Allan Modolo (Museu Estadual de História Natural Karlsruhe, Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental). A database about scientific researches and projects in the Paraná coast.

– Cecilia Cleaves (Instituto de Agricultura, Recursos Naturales y Ambiente, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala). El aporte de la academia en la difusión de información estratégica socioambiental de Guatemala. www.url.edu.gt/iarnawww. infoiarna.org.gt

– Bachman L & Ajón A (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina). Open environmental data: some reflexions about their use for teaching environmental matters in the secondary school in Argentina.

13h30 – 15h – Lunch

 15h – 17h30 – Session (moderator : Pierre Gautreau)

– Gabriela Merlinsky (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina). Conflicts productivity and production of information for environmental policies.

– Andrés Napoli (NGO FARN, Argentina). The website “Qué pasa, Riachuelo?”: pushing back the limits of information access in Buenos Aires suburbs. http://quepasariachuelo.org.ar/

– Guillaume Leturcq (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Université du Mans). Access to and dissemination of data on dams and people affected by dams in Brazil.

– Sandra Nicolle (Université Antilles-Guyane / UMR Ecofog). Sharing and distributing environmental data: Study cases in the French and Brazilian Amazonian context.

– Ricardo Cifuentes (Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales). http://www.olca.cl/oca/index.htm

17h30 – 17h45 – Break

 17h45 – 18h45 – Discussion 

« Who are the users of free access environmental data? The importance of identifying social demand for information in environmental matters ».

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