From: Beate Werner, EEA
Date: 1 August 2006
I am writing to inform you of the detailed plans for the Eionet-Water annual data flow that is, as you know, one of the agreed Eionet Priority Data Flows.
The 2006 Eionet-Water annual data flow is the sixth formal Eionet-Water data collection and will run from now until Tuesday, 31 October 2006. If you are able to provide your data before the deadline, it would greatly assist us in processing and validating your data in time for inclusion in the 2007 release of the Water Information System for Europe (WISE). All relevant information for data providers (guidelines, table and data element definitions, templates, code lists, etc.) can be viewed at and downloaded from the Reportnet Data Dictionary.
Rivers, Lakes, Groundwater and Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters
The data to be collected will cover the state of, and pressures on, Europe's rivers, lakes, groundwater and transitional, coastal and marine waters. Quality determinands include those relating to nutrients, organic pollution indicators and hazardous substances.
Following the success of recent years, information and data are once again requested on the quantity of Europe's water resources. If not already supplied, data are requested for the past ten years.
Data files should be uploaded either to the Central Data Repository or to your national Eionet server, depending on the choice of your country for delivering Eionet priority data. In order to facilitate the processing of your data, please only use the new data delivery templates as provided through the Data Dictionary.
The Data Dictionary is a centrally located store of information and definitions for Eionet data flows and data sets. It is the only source of definitions, code lists, information on the content, format and structure of each water data set, and includes template files (in various formats) and detailed specifications (guidance notes).
Once again: it is vitally important to make use of the new templates or schema files to structure your data delivery. Please provide the data in spreadsheet or XML format, where possible.
Generic Data Exchange Module (GDEM)
Generic Data Exchange Modules (GDEMs) have been developed to facilitate the delivery and validation of data relating to the river and groundwater data flows. Both GDEM modules are embedded in the Central Data Repository.
The rivers GDEM provides both the uploader and EEA with details on the quality of the data delivery in terms of meeting the specifications as defined in the data dictionary. The quality assessment process is run automatically and, as uploader, you are provided with an opportunity to review the feedback of the validation routine and any amendment to your data and re-submission made based on this feedback would be gratefully received.
The groundwater GDEM provides the user with the means to validate and, if necessary, amend the data on groundwater body characterisation. In addition, it assists the user in uploading GIS data relating to the groundwater bodies and saltwater intrusion.
In case of any potential difficulties with Eionet web services, please contact Hermann Peifer at the EEA. If you have any questions concerning the content of the data request (i.e. related to data definitions, formats, etc.), please contact the relevant people for each water data set as detailed in the Data Dictionary.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to another successful Eionet-Water annual data flow.
Group Leader: Water and agriculture
European Environment Agency
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