The project is organised into a work package focussed on industrial use cases and validation, five technical work packages focussed on research and development, a standardisation and dissemination work package, and finally a project management work package. Technical work packages are structured with the purpose of fostering the final integration of technical contributions amongst partners and to keep a tight relationship with the use case work package.
Workpackage 1 – Environmental Services and Models; Scenarios and pilots
WP1 defines a set of industrial use cases to generate more detailed requirements for the other five technical work packages (WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6). The use cases will also be used to check the applicability and interoperability of our technical results across different domains. Details of the use cases are described in Appendix 1.
Workpackage 2 – Environmental Decision Support Portal
WP2 provides the Environmental Decision Support web portal for the users communities involved in the pilots applications. This includes the front office portal that gives access to the different functionalities, but also the back office infrastructure needed to deliver the corresponding services. The portal integrates the different technologies from the partners. Some of them are directly linked to the users operations (e.g. semantic catalogue management, management of semantic annotations and interactive chaining) while others improve the end-user experience with considerable benefits (e.g. adaptive execution infrastructure and semantic inference and mediations).
Workpackage 3 – Model as a Service (MaaS) Composition Portal
WP3 introduces the concept of Model-as-a-Service (MaaS) as a novel technology for providing flexible development of environmental models. This is achieved by the development of a service chaining technique, supported by a visual service chaining development tool and integrated in a Web portal. An important extension of this service chaining technique addressed in the WP is the provisioning of uncertainty management support in visual service chaining, integrated with a model- based approach to mediation in service chaining.
Workpackage 4 – Multilanguage Ontology-based Semantic Annotation
WP4 addresses the problem of multilingual ontology-based semantic annotation in the context of environmental models and of annotation management. This WP develops new techniques for semantic annotation by providing facilities for annotating process services to support dynamic chaining and data mediation, introducing fuzzy models of knowledge required for detection and prediction of important events in data streams (stream ontologies) and implementing components for extracting semantics from data streams, and developing and testing theories for semantic annotations of environmental models (with focus on the model change in the domain ontologies). Management components will be developed with a focus on implicit and explicit user feedback.
Workpackage 5 – Semantic Catalogue
WP5 deals with the catalogue that will be used by all the other components of the project. The aim here is to combine high performance semantic discovery techniques with open source standard OGC catalogues, resulting in a high performance semantic catalogue. The Semantic Catalogue is a core component of the infrastructure. It will serve as a registry/repository for the various services used by the pilot use cases. The catalogue will include extensions for semantic discovery of services, providing new functionalities to geospatial catalogues.
Workpackage 6 – Adaptive execution infrastructure
WP6 provides an infrastructure for the adaptive execution of service chains with semantic data mediation support, in the context of Environmental Decision Support Systems. Support for these features responds to the requirements derived from both ENVISION pilot applications (see WP1), as well as by external environmental use cases, (e.g. the ones in projects SCIER and SemsorGrid4Env). Hence, the work to be conducted will encompass the specification, implementation and testing of the components, which form part of the ENVISION execution infrastructure, and it will cater for the dynamic, semantically enhanced mediation and data-driven adaptation of environmental service chains.
Workpackage 7 – Standardisation, dissemination and exploitation
WP7 deals with defining and executing of standardisation, dissemination and exploitation plans so that the results of the project will be successfully adopted, both for the duration of the project and afterwards.
Workpackage 8 – Project management
WP8 is concerned with the management of the project as a whole and with the capacity of the management organisation to change orientations and priorities whenever required.