Environment Agency's Pioneering Online Tools Bring Revolutionary Data to Citizens
An agency of the European Union, the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides independent and reliable information on the environment for policy makers and the general public. The agency is working towards raising environmental awareness across Europe by delivering easy-to-understand information about a number of environmental topics - among them, water and air quality. It also encourages citizens to contribute their own observations about the environment around them. Working with Microsoft, it developed the Eye On Earth platform, based on the Windows Azure "Cloud" services operating system. Users can view water or air quality from the 32 member countries of the EEA, using high-definition Bing maps.