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Energy AIP Working Group

This working group is under the guidance and oversight of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) program.  The details of the AIP, and more links to AIP resources, can be found here.

Focus of Working Group

The focus of the Energy AIP Working Group is to develop processes and infrastructure components for the GCI and the broader GEOSS architecture as a means of coordinating cross-disciplinary interoperability deployment. The AIP Tasks provide phased delivery of components to GEOSS operations, with each phase consisting of: architecture refinement based on user interactions; component deployment and interoperability testing; and SBA-focused demonstrations.


Summary of Working Group Acitivities

The Energy Working Group has participated to the 2010 AIP-3 developement phase and has provided the expected outcomes and deliverables:

  1. AIP-3 Energy scenario engineering reports
  2. AIP-3 Scenario summary video


  In 2009 the Energy Working Group has particpated to the AIP-2 and has also provided the following materials:

  1. AIP-2 Energy scenario engineering reports
  2. AIP-2 Scenario summary video

Engineering Report Summary

AIP-3 Summary

This scenario intends to provide spatial information on the life cycle environmental impacts of the production of photovoltaic electricity. As the production of energy is a major contributor to Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions, decision makers and policy planners need a better knowledge of the impacts on environment induced by the various technologies used for energy production, in order to select the most appropriate technologies. Renewable energies do contribute to the reduction of GHG compared to fossil fuels. The scenario focuses on the assessment of such impacts for photovoltaic systems by a proper exploitation of data available within GEOSS.

AIP-2 Summary

This AIP-2 ER illustrates an end-to-end scenario between a data provider on the one hand and a consulting company looking for the best place to sit a solar power plant on the other hand. Both benefit from GEOSS as a centralized point of access. The needs of the data providers looking for an efficient dissemination of his databases are expressed. The necessary concepts, steps, tools and actions needed on the data providers side to ensure that resources copes with the various GEOSS use cases allowing a full search, discovery and bind mechanisms are described. From W3C Web Service deployment, building INSPIRE ISO 19119 Metadata for WAF (Web Accessible Folder) catalogue, registering components and services in the GEOSS Service Registry, all the necessary steps towards data and catalogue interoperability are detailed. A dedicated Community Portal for Renewable Energy ( is currently hosting numerous Web Services for the goods of the community. A dedicated client specially build for the scenario as a JSR-168 Portlet is presented. This client allows Web Services chaining from remote interoperable map resources of GEOSS data providers. Based on a real business use case, the needs of the consulting company are also expressed within the scenario and illustrate the usefulness of GEOSS.

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Working Group Contact Information


Name E-Mail  Role 
Lionel Menard
lionel.menard[AT] Leader

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