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D5.3 System user and developer handbook. Deliverable report of project H2020 MONOCLE (grant 776480)

  • 1. Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • 2. Water Insight
  • 3. VITO
  • 4. PEAK
  • 5. CSIC
  • 6. Earthwatch
  • 7. DDQ


This report provides an overview of the data requirements and interfaces that were adopted in the sensors and observation platforms of MONOCLE. The methodology builds on Open Geospatial Consortium service standards wherever possible. This document describes both the functionality and the configuration of the MONOCLE backend and distributed sub-systems.

In Chapter 3, we present the operating principles of the data ecosystem and the minimum requirements for data services front- and backends and metadata that follow from these principles. This chapter also introduces a generic terminology compliant with the standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Chapter 5 presents, for each sensor (system), which data and user interfaces have been configured to ensure the flow of data from sensors through quality control and wider availability of the data in an automated fashion. Open source and interoperable components are selected wherever feasible, and alternatives are discussed. Chapter 6 and Appendix 1 are intended for system developers wishing to replicate part of the data and interface structure. It provides a stepwise guide to the configuration of essential system elements.

This handbook is for current and future developers of the MONOCLE system backend and sensors compatible with the standards used in this system. We discuss a series of implementation targeting specific improvements in MONOCLE for a streamlined flow of information from individual sensors through data aggregation systems and towards visualisation tools. It is intended to shorten development time for sensor developers who wish to reach compliance with these recommended standards.



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MONOCLE – Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries 776480
European Commission