The FP7 GENESIS project has the objective of providing Environment management and Health actors with an efficient solution based on advanced ICT to constitute collaborative information networks integrating existing systems. The following needs related to environment monitoring, assessment of population exposure and health risks and response to crisis are typically addressed:

  • easy discovery and access to information whatever its source (e.g. space data, in-situ data, historical databases) and location;
  • combination of heterogeneous environmental data (e.g. static and near-real-time data with different spatio-temporal coverage and resolution);
  • correlation between environmental and health data;
  • appropriate information of citizens;· implementation of the European Policies, in particular the INSPIRE, CAFÉ (direct) and WFD (Water Framework Directive) Directives.

SPACEBEL played an important role on various aspects of this project: elaboration of the exploitation strategy, technical coordination, implementation of major generic components of the solution which are a highly configurable portlets based portal integrating user management and a workflow engine communicating with OGC compliant remote WEB services.


As the current situation of Environment management and Health actors is characterized by numerous barriers to efficient cooperation and sharing of resources, mainly caused by:

  • Scattered services, data and catalogues
  • The lack of standardization of legacy system

The GENESIS project has the objective of developing an efficient solution based on standards that would allow:

  • to increase the amount of resources, data or services accessible to all
  • to ease the build-up of new systems compliant with standards
  • to foster the collaboration between communities and the sharing of resources
  • to help the take-up of an e-market of services by providing a generic framework

Solution / Solution

The proposed solution is a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based on WEB services adhering to international standards of W3C/OASIS (XML based standards, WSDL, SOAP, WS-security) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). It is developed in strong synergy with the major European or global harmonization initiatives (GEOSS, INSPIRE,…).
The GENESIS decentralized architecture is composed of a set of WEB Services and customizable WEB Service Clients that can be easily deployed in the GENESIS WEB Portal. These WEB Services cover various complementary aspects such as Discovery services, Data Access services, Geo Processing services and Services Orchestration.
The solution is validated through real use-case scenarios in Air Quality, Fresh & Coastal Water Quality domains and their impacts on Health.