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17 June Workshop QIS

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 On June 17th 2011, following the meetings of the expert groups, a workshop will be held in Rotterdam for which members of the expert groups are invited. Topic of the workshop will be “Quality of Information Services in relation to ERI, NTS, the RIS index and VTS”, which is covered by Activity 4 of the IRIS2 project.

In order to have a meaningful workshop, participants should have reviewed the related documents produced by the IRIS2 project. The chairpersons of each expert group will be requested to distribute these documents to participants within their expert group somewhere in April 2011. The documents will be provided with a reading guideline.

The goals of the workshop are:
  • Explain the proceedings and findings of activity 4 of the IRIS2 project in relation to Quality of Information Services
  • To gather all comments, remarks etc on the produced IRIS2 documents
  • To explore common conclusions on quality aspects for future RIS developments in Europe
If you are interested to participate in this workshop please reserve mentioned date in your agenda and indicate your interest to the chairman of the expert group.

Background information Activity 4 of the IRIS 2 project
The main objective for 4 of the IRIS 2 project is to investigate, verify and recommend definitions for the quality of Information Services, with specific attention on four RIS key technologies, being Notices to Skippers, Electronic Reporting, Inland ECDIS (specifically the RIS Index) and Vessel Tracking and Tracing. Since these topics complement and partly overlap topics covered by activities currently carried out by the expert groups, the inputs of the RIS Expert Groups are important.

In general the quality of a RIS information service is a complex matter. It can be split into:
A. The quality of the information itself, which is built up by:
  1. The quality of the information that is provided by the service to its users. Depending on the type of data, this quality is expressed in terms of accuracy, reliability, age, completeness, correctness, conformity to standards, etc.;
  2. The quality of the input data. Many services read information from sources, transform this one way or another and then provide it to users. The quality of this input data is expressed in similar terms as for the previous one.

B. The quality of the service facilities, which can be divided into:
  1. The quality of the delivery facilities, used for information to reach users. This is in general determined by the availability, reliability, security, performance, etc of the supplying systems and facilities;
  2. The quality of the access facilities for data sources, in general determined by the availability, reliability, security, performance etc of the systems and facilities used by data suppliers/sources (such as "other systems", shippers/skippers, authorities, etc.)
Following the above division, investigations have been conducted on a practical subset of quality aspects mentioned under A1 and A2. These quality aspects were then elaborated for a subset of services and the findings written down into 4 documents. The current state of these documents is such that, with the added reading guidelines, they can be reviewed by experts.