Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche [CNR]



The National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is a public organization. Its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development. CNR participates in the project with the Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory (ESSI-Lab) of its Institute for Atmospheric Pollution Research (IIA). ESSI-Lab was established to facilitate the effective and seamless provision of multi-disciplinary Earth and Space resources to the Information Society applications. ESSI-Lab research focuses on the application of information science and technologies to manage, harmonize, and share Earth and Space Science resources and develop information infrastructures. CNR-IIA is a member of the core team of GEO-Italy.

Main tasks:
CNR-IIA leads WP 4: Science valorisation and contributes to WPs 2, 3 and 13.

ESSI-lab of CNR-IIA is in charge of operating, maintaining, and advancing the GCI Discovery and Access Broker, known as GEO DAB. Recently, ESSI-lab joined the US NSF EarthCube initiatives as expert on the Brokering approach and major developer of the EuroGEOSS Brokers. The CNR-IIA ESSI- Lab has specific knowledge and experience on global initiatives for multidisciplinary S&T frameworks. These activities have been also pursued as member of the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium), IEEE ICEO, GEO SIF, as well as an affiliated organization to the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research). CNR-IIA has coordinated the EGIDA and the GMOS projects; besides, it is (or has been):

  • leader of “Multidisciplinary Interoperability” Work Package in FP7 EuroGEOSS Project;
  • leader of “Multidisciplinary Interoperability” Work Package in FP7 GeoWOW Project
  • leader of “Enhanced geo-search components” Work Package in FP7 GeoViQua Project
  • leader of “Chaining and discovery services under uncertainty” Work Package in FP7 UncertWeb Project
  • contact-point towards the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) in FP7 Medina Project
  • leader of “Sketch of the ENVIROFI Architecture” Task in FP7 ENVIROFI Project
  • leader of Networking Activities Work Package in FP7 EarthServer Project
  • co-leader of the GEOSS “Model Web development” component of the GEO ID-05 task;
  • co-leader of the Earth System Science Domain WG ell'OGC;
  • contributor of standardization/specification WGs on metadata and network services (INSPIRE IRs, OGC, DGIWG, CEN TC287, UNIDATA THREDDS, ncML and ncML-GML).

Staff Members:

  • Eng. Paolo Mazzetti (senior researcher at CNR-IIA). He has developed the EGIDA Methodology and coordinates the EGIDA WP4 dealing with the methodology assessment through four significant use cases. He has taught “Telematics” at the University of Florence at Prato for the degree in Information Engineering for seven years. He has more than ten years experience in design and development of infrastructures and services for geo-spatial data sharing in the context of national, European (FP7) and global initiatives. He was member of the 2011 GEOSS Evaluation Team).
  • Dr. Stefano Nativi (head of the ESSI-lab of CNR-IIA). He has coordinated the EGIDA project as well as several FP7 project WPs on multi-disciplinary interoperability. He is member of the GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board and liaison to the Institutional Development Board. He leads the GEO European SIF (Standards and Interoperability Forum) team. He is president of the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics (ESSI) division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

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