HUMBOLDT - A Framework for Data Harmonisation and Service Integration

Type: Large-scale Integrated Research Project, 2006 to 2011

Contact: Joachim Rix, Fraunhofer IGD

Abstract: The main goal of the HUMBOLDT project is to enable organisations to document, publish and harmonise their spatial information. The software tools and processes created will demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe as planned by the INSPIRE initiative (INSPIRE), meeting the goals of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES).

The technical goal of HUMBOLDT is to support Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) enablement by providing the functionalities for covering the data hamonisation process as a whole. The HUMBOLDT Tools and Services are built on current state of the art and standards, designed to provide solutions to all types of users, data custodians as well as private end-users. HUMBOLDT enables the use of single functionalities as part of your own infrastructure.

HALE development was started in the HUMBOLDT project in the summer of 2008, after a detailed requirements analysis and a collaborative specification effort. An initial prototype was used to test the usability of the approach; subsequently, the first actual HALE versions were developed in an iterative process, and the project was made public in Q2/2009. The development of HALE will be carried on until March 2011 within the HUMBOLDT project.

HALE was of course also used throughout the project. Almost all of the nine HUMBOLDT scenarios (please refer to the detailed descriptions here: made use of the tool and provided evaluation results, requirements and - most importantly - described their model mappings.