The module has been created within the context of the eENVplus project ( and the development of an XML-schema for e-reporting under Air Quality Directive (2008/107/EC) through a pilot group consisting of multiple EU member countries (see

Authors: Luciana Giannini, (ISPRA) - Luca Liberti (ISPRA).

The material is provided under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (


ISPRA is the national Authority responsible for the coordination and development of SINAnet - the network of the National Environmental Information System in Italy, which is the distributed information system that ensures the connection to the European Environmental Information and Observation network (EIOnet).

Directive 2008/50/CE (D.Lgs 155/2010) requires member states to report Air Quality (AQ) data to EEA.

In Italy AQ data is collected at local level by the Region and Autonomous Provinces (Regional Nodes or RN) and transmitted to the ISPRA (National Node or NN) which coordinates the reporting activities towards the EEA together with the ministry of the Environment (MATTM).

In this Pilot we use the eENVPLus infrastructure to generate the IPR Air Quality Zones and Agglomerations dataset (Dataset B) .

The final product of the Pilot is set of services and procedures that are used to create:

  • regional AQD GML from regional shape and excel files
  • national AQD GML from a collection of regional GMLs

Services and procedures are exposed through the eENVplus platform.

Regional user accesses the web form and uploads excel and shapefile to be transformed. Harmonization procedures and WPS for topological checks (envENVplus WPS "Validation of Topological Hierarchical Partition") are invoked to perform quality controls on the provided input files and to generate the AQD GML.

National user accesses a web form where regional AQD GML files can be collected and a national GML report produced. National user will then manage transfer of the report to the EEA

This training module shows how the users (regional and national profiles) can access to web application by authentication and create a GML file. The application manages transformation starting from regional shape and excel files upload and ending with the GML regional generation. The regional GML is created after performing topological controls, QA/QC controls and schema validation. In case any control fails an error report is shown. The national user selects regional GML files to be included in the national report the valid regional GML files.

The training material is provided as PPT presentation and training video.

The module consists of two parts as follows:

  • General PPT presentation on short pilot overview:
    1. General context;
    2. Use cases and user requirements;
    3. Pilot implementation (workflow schema, technologies used, etc.);
    4. Pilot benefits.

  • Training video as demo on the use of web apllication
Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, the learners will have a general knowledge on the concept of e-reporting of dataset B under Implementing Provisions for Reporting (IPR - 2011/850/EU).

The learner will be able to understand how a system to manage e-reporting workflow from local actors to national and European entities can be designed.

The participant shall understand how to use Pilot Application.

In particular, the learner will be able to understand how to create a GML starting from excel and shape files prepared according to a pre-fixed format. The learner will be able to check and correct the input files if any errors are reported during the process

Intended Audience
Environmental Agencies, Regions and Autonomous Provinces.

Proficency with desktop GIS software and excel.

PPT presentation, Training video.
Expected workload
Expected workload is about 1 hour