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GEOSS User Requirements Registry: Tutorials

Welcome to the tutorials for the GEOSS User Requirements Registry (URR). The URR is a utility that allows the viewing, publishing, and analyzing of user needs in terms of Earth observations and related information. The Tutorials provided here will walk you through the menus of the URR. Main emphasis is on the publishing of new information.

The forms available in the Publish menu of the URR allow the publishing of information on User Types, Applications, Requirements, Research Needs, Technology Needs, Infrastructure Needs, and Capacity Needs as they relate to decision making and Earth observations. The URR also collects in the Lexicon the terms used to describe these entities, and references with more detailed information of each of the entries in the forms can be provided. Information of how the entries in the various relations are interconnected is captured in a Link relation, where each entry describes the linkage between any pair of entries in the other relations. For a definition of the entities mentioned here, see the glossary.

In the View menu, you can view individual entries in any of the URR relations. In a future version, you will also be able to generate reports with several entries, and to export the result of a search for processing with other programs. A graphical tools provides the ability to explore value chains from the original Earth observations down to end users and to study the environment of a entry. The Analyze menu facilitates analyses that support prioritization of requirements and gap analyses. A future version will allow for the construction and analysis of networks, which connect Earth observations to end users, and which illustrate the interdependence of applications and user types. In the Preferences menu, you will be able to customize the URR to your personal needs and preferences. The Login function allows you to register as a user of the URR and to login, which then comes with a number of added functions and conveniences not available to anonymous users.

The tutorials provided here will introduce you to the publishing, viewing, and analyzing of URR contents. Particularly the tutorials for the Publish menu are detailed and will walk you through the various work steps of publishing User Types, Applications, Requirements, Research Needs, Technology Links, Lexicon Terms, and References. By doing so, the tutorials explain the concepts behind the URR and give guidance on how to describe individual entities and distinguish them from other similar entities.

Analyzing user needs for any given area and translating the information into the data model of the URR is a complicated procedure requiring a careful approach particularly for those areas that cross-cut through several SBAs. We provide the case study of Integrated Coastal Zone Management as and example of how to approach this task.

If you do not have the time to go through all the tutorials, we strongly recommend that you look at the brief introduction to the URR available as the URR Quicky. This Quicky provides the very basics for users who want to search the URR or start publishing their information, and this introduction is a must-read for those who cannot go through the tutorials in more detail.

The header of the tutorial pages contains several links: The link "Tutorial Home" brings you back to this first page of the Tutorials. The link 'Glossary' pulls up a list of selected terms central to the URR. 'GEOSS URR' brings you back to the URR, and 'GEO' opens up the GEO Web page.

The following tutorials are currently available:

  • General: General properties of the URR
  • View: Searching the URR, viewing entries, and exporting them.
  • Publish: Publishing new, and editing existing, entries.
  • Analyze: Analyzing the URR contents.
  • Preferences: Specifying preferences and developing personal portfolios.
  • Login: Registering as a user of the URR and utilizing the benefits of a registered user.
  • Prepare Input: Comments on preparing input for the URR and examples.

A Site Map gives a comprehensive overview of the structure of the tutorials and gives direct access to the individual pages.

Note that a brief introduction to the URR is also available for those who do not want to consult the detailed tutorials.

The following documents and articles provide background information on the URR and the data model of the URR:

  • GEO, 2012. Concept of Operations Document — User Requirements Registry (URR). Version of November 2011 (pdf)
  • Plag, H.-P. (ed.), 2012. The GEOSS User Requirements Registry (URR): A Component of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure in Service of Work Plan Implementation and a User-Driven GEOSS. Version of May 2012 (pdf)
  • Plag, H.-P., Ondich, G., Kaufman, J., Foley, G., Pignatelli, F., 2011. The GEOSS User Requirement Registry: A Versatile Tool for the Dialog Between Users and Providers. Proceed. 34th Internat. Symp. Remote Sensing of the Environment, Sydney, April 10-15, 2011, available at http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/2011/ISRSE-34/211104015Final00579.pdf.
  • Plag, H.-P., Ondich, G., Kaufman, J., Foley, G., 2010. The GEOSS User Requirement Registry - Supporting a User-Driven Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Imaging Notes, 25(4), 28-33. (reprint: pdf)