Many thanks to respondents who have sought to provide comments, suggestions or ideas relevant to the Local Information System Guidelines:

Dawn Wright, Oregon State University

highlights the development of ICAN "the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN), which seeks to share experiences and to find common solutions to coastal web atlas (i.e., coastal web GIS) development (e.g., user and developer guides, handbooks and articles on best practices, information on standards and web services, expertise and technical support directories, education, outreach, and funding opportunities, etc.), while ensuring maximum relevance and added value for the end users."

Some workshop reports from ICAN are available here.

The Marine Data Model mentioned in the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines is now
called Arc Marine, and an updated website is available.

The resource site marinecoastalgis.net provides an excellent resource for finding marine and coastal geoinformation.

Andy Sherin, Natural Resources Canada

highlights the experience in Canada of developing the COINAtlantic network, and the similarities with issues raised in the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines.

COINAtlantic is a network of data providers and users that will support secure access to data, information and applications, for decision-making by coastal and ocean managers and users of coastal and ocean space and resources. The project has produced some guidelines on principles for successful geo-data initiatives.

Dave Cotton, Marine Environmental Data and Information Network, UK

comments that the COREPOINT Guidelines are complementary to, but different from, "the national approach required by UK agencies, Defra, Scottish Government, BERR, NERC whose main aim is to provide a national framework to support the needs of the UK Marine Monitoring Strategy, the Marine Bill(s) and consequent Marine Management Organisation(s), the anticipated requirements from the Marine Strategy Directive."

MEDIN is active in working on the development of Standards, vocabularies, ontologies, models for data sharing, and also a standard clause on data custodianship for use by contractors in tenders. Information on these is available here.

Alessandro Annoni, INSPIRE, EU

comments on the relevance of the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines for developing user cases within the INSIRE programme. The Identification of clear user requirements (in relation to ICZM) is important to justify cross-border interoperability and harmonisation as proposed by INSPIRE.

Carlo Giupponi, FEEM, Italy

remarks on the commonalities of issues and problems between 'Local Information Systems' described in the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines and 'Decision Support Systems'

The development of DSS in the coastal zone is being explored as part of Nostrum-Dss: A Network on Governance, Science and Technology for sustainable water ResoUrce management in the Mediterranean considering the role of DSS tools.

Paola Salmona, ICOOPS, Italy

remarks on the importance of exploring further Integrated Coastal Management efforts at the local level as promoted by the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines, and highlights the experience of the Interreg III C BEACHMED-e project, focusing the relationships between beach areas and their hinterland in the Mediterranean basin.

highlights the VESTA-GIS project, developed within the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning EU programme. It started November 2007 it is expected to last three years, involving 70 partners from different EU countries.

VESTA-GIS objective is to network the knowledge in the field of GIS (technology and applications), to share experience and to foster innovation in training by putting together experts, organizations and users of GI and related application fields. The project is focused on the use of GIS in three main application fields:

  • Water Management
  • Natural Environment Protection
  • Coastal Management and Landscapes

Paula points out that in the Italian context there are some constraints that would require further steps before applying the COREPOINT LIS Guidelines: firstly the need for coastal management capacity building amongst local professionals; secondly dealing with the political challenges of taking a common, expensive and time consuming joint approach to information systems development (are there cost benefit analyses of implementing a LIS?); and finally the need to raise skills amongst local government officers in creating and managing an Information Systems, and awareness of their benefits.

Harri Tolvallen, Department of Geography, University of Turku

comments on the similarity of experiences found in Finland (both good and bad practice) and the COREPOINT LIS guidelines, highlighting some similar conclusions presented in a recent paper in Ocean and Coastal Management.

Harri provides an example of on-line GI services and run by a Finnish regional planning authority, in partnership with the Department of Geography