[SQM] Announcement: launch of CORDILIT - Italian coordination on light pollution data collection

CORDILIT info at cordilit.org
Thu Jul 28 20:55:59 UTC 2011

Hello Rainer -

no offense taken from CORDILIT ;)

- CORDILIT is not a network of SQM but a framework to facilitate the
collection of harmonized data, and best practices on light pollution
monitoring. Strictly speaking, we are not limited to SQM (while there is an
initial focus on SQM)

- Our area of reference for this framework is Italy. However this does not
exclude our collaboration with groups out of Italy (as we are already

- The aim of Cordilit is collect LP data by different systems and networks
and garantee the publication and availability of raw data on the web under
an Open Licence.

- Cordilit and sqm-network (if you refer to the Italian
sqm-network.comsite) are not collaborating at present.
We had some introductory meetings, and may be in contact in the future. In
the meantime, there is one station which is sharing data both with CORDILIT
and sqm-network - this is a practical example showing that a single station
can provide data to different frameworks.

- We have a F.A.Q. section ...this is currently not translated, but may
still work for a spanish-reading person (or you may have a go with  the
Global Translator utility embedded in the site...the result is not perfect,
so we can fill in via e-mail for any doubts).

- Last but not least, the picture you are seeing for light pollution
monitoring is not too much different, from other areas of environmental

- We trust that discussion (on this mailing list and through other
opportunities to interact) will eventually make the picture clearer. As far
as we (CORDILIT) are concerned, the Italian picture is now quite clear, and
we are looking forward to share our ideas, views, and operations with any
other party interested in collaboration.

Best regards from Italy,

the CORDILIT Steering Commitee

2011/7/28 <rsfoto at rsfotografia.com>

> Hi,
> Well I hope nobody will be offended in regard to my mext question:
> ¿ How many organizations are collecting Light Pollution data ?
> I am getting so many e-mails via the sqm e-mail list that I really do not
> know with whom I should collaborate ? I can not collaborate with all.
> My SQM-LE is monitored live online from sqm-network. This site has already
> 14 SQM-LE meters from 5 countries in the worldconnected live.
> Are they also collaborating with cordilit ?
> Sotty to write this, but I think it is time to put a bit of order into all
> this.
> best regards from Mexico
> Rainer
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "CORDILIT" <info at cordilit.org>
> To: <sqm at unihedron.com>
> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:25 AM
> Subject: [SQM] Announcement: launch of CORDILIT - Italian coordination on
> light pollution data collection
> > Dear all,
> >
> > We are pleased to announce the launch of CORDILIT.
> >
> > CORDILIT is a non-profit committee dedicated to the coordination of
> > various initiatives currently active in Italy in the acquisition of
> > light pollution data (primarily via SQM sensors).
> >
> > The aim of the committee is to foster synergies in terms of:
> >
> > - best practice sharing
> > - outreach
> > - facilitation in access to light pollution data sets.
> >
> > CORDILIT was created through a consultation process involving various
> > organizations, with VenetoStellato and the BuioMetria Partecipativa
> > project leading the effort, and is operating under the auspices of
> > Cielobuio and the Unione Astrofili Italiani (UAI).
> >
> > The web site is: www.cordilit.org -
> >
> > A section in English is available, allowing basic data download and
> > visualization. However this is fairly basic at present, so do not
> > hesitate to contact us for any inquiry.
> >
> > Among other features, we would like to flag three points of interest
> > for SQM stations operating within the CORDILIT framework.
> >
> > 1. all data created are made available in raw format;
> > 2. all data created are released under an Open Database Licence;
> > 3. where a weather data are available, these are merged with the SQM
> > data sets to provide a richer time series.
> >
> > Furthermore, the coordination does not pose its focus on specific
> > software solutions, and leaves the flexibility of different approaches
> > to set up SQM monitoring networks, while providing guidelines for data
> > interoperability and quality assurance procedures.
> >
> > We started proposing the concept of a coordination across different
> > organizations in Italy during this Winter, and we are glad that in
> > less than six months we have been able to make this happen.
> >
> > Various components of the CORDILIT framework have a different level of
> > maturity - for some of these we have been sharing documentation, best
> > practices, or software which the CORDILIT members have been working on
> > for years; in other cases, you will find beta versions or drafts.
> >
> > Over the past four months,  CORDILIT has been operating with a set of
> > pilot stations, so data sets are already available.
> >
> > We now look forward to extend the number of Italian organizations
> > which will be interacting within CORDILIT, and to make contact with
> > other organizations out of Italy who are active in similar efforts (we
> > are, in fact, talking to some of these already, but we like to
> > re-propose this invitation to others).
> >
> >
> > We thank your for your attention, and we look forward to hear from you
> > at the address info at cordilit.org
> >
> >
> > The CORDILIT steering committee
> > http://www.cordilit.org
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