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Cooperation Open Government Data Austria. “Cooperation Open Government Data Austria”, or short “Cooperation OGD Austria” was founded by the Federal Chancellery, the cities of Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and Graz on the 13th July 2011. Federal Government, States, cities and towns in cooperation with the communities, science, culture and the economy are willing to set the basic agreements for the future of Open Government Data in Austria.
By agreeing on common standards an effective framework for the benefit of all stakeholders should be created. The collaboration between Germany – Austria – Switzerland- and Liechtenstein (DACHLi) will be intensified. The Cooperation represents the interests of ministries, states, cities and communities – to unite all actors who operate, plan or create an open government data platform.
The Federal Chancellery is the link to Competence Center Internet Society (KIG) and the Platform Digital Austria. English
Economic and Social Council Resolution on Science and technology for development . Resolution adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the recommendation of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (E/2012/31 and Corr.1)
2012/6. Economic and Social Council Resolution on Science and technology for development English
Open access, virtual science libraries, geospatial analysis and other complementary information and communications technology and science, technology, engineering and mathematics assets to address development issues, with particular attention to education. This report provides an overview of how open access, virtual science libraries, and geographic information systems (GIS) could be harnessed to address development challenges, especially in the area of education. It contains recommendations for consideration by national governments and the international community, with a view to encouraging and expanding further development and adoption of these ICT assets. English
Geospatial Science and Technology for Development. This study explores the ways in which geospatial science and technology (GS&T) can support development. English
Agribalyse: base de données pour les produits agricoles. Entre 2000 et 2010, les méthodes d’évaluation environnementale appliquées aux produits agricoles, dont l’Analyse de Cycle de Vie (ACV), se sont développées. Dans cette même période, plusieurs études ont mis en évidence le manque de comparabilité des données produites et l’absence de références sur certaines productions agricoles françaises. D’autre part, en 2007, dans le cadre du Grenelle environnement, pour soutenir l’affichage environnemental, c'est la méthode ACV qui a été retenue : l’affichage devant inclure l’empreinte gaz à effet de serre (GES) ainsi que d’autres critères pertinents adaptés à chaque produit.
Ces différents éléments ont conduit l’ADEME à lancer le programme AGRIBALYSE® (2009-2013), afin de mettre en place une base de données homogène et transparente pour les produits agricoles. Ce travail s’insère dans la stratégie de l’ADEME de soutien à l’évaluation environnementale des filières et des produits.
Display of the environmental footprint of products : French developments in the food sector. Sustainable household consumption can be an important engine for a greener economic growth. In France, the “Grenelle” environmental laws include the right for consumers to have information on the environmental performance of (mass market) products at the point of sale. Food products are concerned. It is expected that providing consumers with this environmental information could lead the whole chain, agricultural producers to retailers, to market more sustainable goods. In this paper, we will first present some other European and international, public and private initiatives, then the
methodological challenges and finally the latest developments of the French system, which is unique in the world because of three main characteristics: i) it relies on a legislative pillar, ii) it aims at providing a life-cycle based and multicriteria environmental information (including but going beyond the product carbon footprint, with, for example, a water footprint representing water pollution and consumption) and iii) because it could be generalized in France in the future.
We conclude on the double need to harmonize the different European initiatives and to think about the coexistence of different consumer information systems in France. English
Product Environmental Footprint : French developments. The French experimentation
As provided by the Grenelle II law, in 2011-2012 France conducted a national experimentation on consumer product environmental information. The trial covered the quantification of environmental impacts and the communication of environmental footprints to the consumer. More than 160 companies participated. All sectors were represented, with about one third from the food and beverage area. Several foreign companies – from Chile, Colombia, Sweden... – were part of the selection as well as French branches of multinationals.
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Austria on the way to a European «Shared Environmental Information System». With the amendment to the Environmental Information Act (EIA) 2004, Austria transposed Directive 2003/4/EC on Public Access to Environmental Information into national law at the federal level.
The amended Environmental Information Act sets high requirements for access to and dissemination of environmental information; these must be implemented by the federal government and the
federal provinces, as well as towns, cities and municipalities. A new level of cooperation between these entities must be reached, thereby providing an important contribution to greater transparency
and bringing environmental administration closer to Austrian citizens.
In order to ensure the coordinated implementation of the required operative measures by all targeted information providing bodies, an eGovernment working group on environmental information has been set up within the framework of the platform «digital Austria».
One of the major objectives of the eGovernment working group on environmental information is the development of a central environmental information portal (one-stop shop) which is in line with the intentions of the European Commission for a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). English
Conceptual Detailing of a Single Information Space in Europe for the Environment. This report sketches possible building blocks of an integrated information space in Europe, concentrating
on information sources held by or destined to public authorities in the Member States. English
Enviroinfo-28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection. The EnviroInfo 2014 is the 28th edition of the long standing and established international and interdisciplinary conference series on leading environmental information and communication technologies. Combining and shaping national and international activities in the field of applied informatics and environmental informatics in making the world a better place for living, the EnviroInfo conference series aims at presenting and discussing the latest state-of-the-art development on ICT and environmental related fields.
Under the supervision of the the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg the 28th EnviroInfo conference will discuss the special topic of ICT for energy efficiency as main conference theme as well as the whole range of cross-cutting topics in ICT and environmental sciences.
As the EnviroInfo conference series tries to strengthen the interdisciplinary activities in the fields of sustainable development, participants from industry, higher education and research institutes will be invited to exchange ideas and solutions for current and future problems. English | German
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