NL-14 :: Data and information

The availability of reliable and up-to-date data is crucial when making spatial plans and working on the soil-sediment-water system. The data can be about the state and functioning of the soil-sediment-water system and the functions that are already in the subsurface (ATES systems, cables and pipes, archaeology etc) These data should be enclosed in a way that they are available on the right moment in a format that connects to the tasks of the user (eg. decision making in spatial planning).
With new media and technologies, enormous amounts of data become available. By combining and analysing of these data, it is possible to come to new understanding, concepts and strategies. Big and open data offers for soil and subsurface potentially many opportunities. Use of data has also some points of attention such as privacy, advisability to make data public, formats, reliability, semantics and correct use. Specific research questions are:
Land management
• What means big data for the field of the soil-sediment-water system and land use, for different stakeholders?
• How to get a better match between / unambiguous information within national portals such as the “information houses” at the “avenue of the environment”, and “atlas natural capital” (informatiehuizen aan de laan van de leefomgeving en atlas natuurlijk kapitaal (ANK)?
• How can we improve data(availability) for monitoring and modelling?
• How can we improve recording, exchange and use of data of the soil-sediment-water system on a national and European level?
• How can data of the soil-sediment-water system be translated into information that helps in the decision making process?
• What is the scale of information needed for proper land management?
• What can observatories (landscape observatory, soil observatory) contribute in terms of usable data and knowledge?
• How to enclose the data and information outside the “basis registration subsurface” (BasisRegistratie Ondergrond BRO) (nature, water, climate, soil biology, etc.)?