Research Infrastructures in Agriculture at 120th OGC Member Meeting

15 September, 10:00 -11:30 AM CEST (Room C)

We would like to cordially invite you to join the upcoming Agriculture DWG session on identifying the “Research infrastructures in Agriculture.

During the session we plan to provide insights into existing research infrastructures in agriculture, IP program initiatives and EU funded projects in the agriculture domain, followed by a panel discussion.

The session will be held during the 120th OGC Member Meeting on Wednesday 15th September 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST.

Our speakers will address following questions:

  • Which research infrastructure are you representing?
  • How can OGC standards support you or any research infrastructure station?
  • Are you using any OGC standards, if yes which ones?
  • How research infrastructures can be opened or connected with practitioners.

Agenda

  • Intro Ag DWG chair (Karel Charvát)
  • Nils Hempelmann (OGC) – Importance of interoperability in agriculture
  • Tomas Mildorf (Plan4All) – Digital Innovation Hubs as a part of Research Infrastructures
  • Bente Lilja Bye (BLB) – NextGEOSS data hub and platform connecting infrastructures – empowered by OGC standards
  • Raul Palma (PSNC) – PSNC research infrastructure 
  • Panel discussion
  • Wrap-up and what’s next?

Register for the workshop at https://store.ogc.org/site/home

“Map Whiteboard Cloud Solution for Collaborative Editing of Geographic Information” manuscript published online!

Our manuscript entitled Map Whiteboard Cloud Solution for Collaborative Editing of Geographic Information has been published in Cloud Computing and Data Science, an internationally reputed, open-access and refereed journal which highlights and publishes research findings on theory, designs and applications in cloud computing and data science.

“For the purpose of exploiting the potential of cloud connectivity in geographical information systems, the Map Whiteboard technology introduced in this article does for web mapping what Google Docs does for word processing; create a shared user interface where multiple parties collaboratively can develop maps and map data while seeing each other work in realtime. To develop the Map Whiteboard concept, we have applied a methodology whereby we have collected technical and functional requirements through a series of hackathons, implemented a prototype in several stages, and subjected this to rigorous testing in a lab environment and with selected users from relevant environments at intermediate scale. The work has resulted in a fully functional prototype that exploits WebSockets via a cloud service to reflect map and data changes between multiple connected clients. The technology has a demonstrated potential for use in a wide range of web GIS applications, something that is facilitated by the interfaces already implemented towards mainstream mapping frameworks like OpenLayers and QGIS-two of the most popular frameworks for Web GIS solutions. Further development and testing are required before operationalization in mission-critical environments. In conclusion, the Map Whiteboard concept offers a starting point for exploiting cloud connectivity within GIS to facilitate the digitalization of common processes within the government and private sector. The technology is ready for early adopters and welcomes the contribution of interested parties.”

Read the manuscript online at https://ojs.wiserpub.com/index.php/CCDS/article/view/897

 

Plan4all Recognised as a Digital Innovation Hub by the European Commission

The Plan4all digital innovation hub (DIH) has been approved by the EU as a fully operational DIH. The Plan4all DIH has been registered at the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) of the European Commission, which is a part of the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3). The S3P platform should assists Member States and regions to develop, implement and review their RIS3 Strategies.

A part of the S3P platform is a catalogue of potential, in preparation and fully operational DIH. The Plan4all DIH became one of the 8 fully operational DIHs in the Czech Republic and one of the 398 DIHs in Europe.

The main services offered the Plan4all DIH include:

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative research
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

For more details on the Plan4all DIH and the JRC catalogue of DIHs please visit the following website: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/digital-innovation-hubs-tool

What is a Digital Innovation Hub?

A support facility that helps companies to become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products and services by means of digital technology.

DIHs act as a one-stop-shop, serving companies within their local region and beyond to digitalise their business. They help customers address their challenges in a business-focused way.

The services available through a DIH:

  • Enable any business to test and experiment with digital innovations relevant to its products, processes or business models.
  • Broker between users and suppliers of digital innovations across the value chain.
  • Provide connections with training providers, investors, facilitate access to financing for digital transformations.

These services are of particular relevance to companies which currently have a relatively low level of digitisation.

The Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021: Final Awards & Ceremony Event

The Open Spring INSPIRE hackathon is after more than 2 months of hacking over.

The Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021 focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, the environment, transport, tourism, geospatial applications, remote sensing and GNSS is after two-month hacking over! More than 70 participants have contributed to all 11 very relevant series of challenges and their results were evaluated by an international experts jury. The jury members Tereza Šamanová (CzechInno), Lilian Ndungu (RCMRD), Bente Lilja Bye (BLB), Danny Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven), Karim Jouhari (Schuttelaar & Partners), Josef Hnojil (Geobusiness), Kiringai Kamau (GODAN), Pavel Kogut (21c) announced the following winners for the Open Spring INSPIRE hackathon:

In addition to jury, we also gave the public the opportunity to choose top 3 teams. The public vote turned out as follows:

Congratulations to all the winning teams and many thanks for excellent work to all participants! See you in next INSPIRE Hackathon!

Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon Final Event: Awards & Ceremony

The Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021 focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, the environment, transport, tourism, geospatial applications, remote sensing and GNSS goes after two-month hacking into the final stage scheduled on 17th June! More than 70 participants have contributed to all 11 very relevant series of challenges and their results are evaluated by an international experts jury.

During the final event, you will find out which top 3 teams were chosen by the jury and you will get acquainted with the winning results.

REGISTER for the event HERE Thursday 17th June 2:00 PM CEST!

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96129091777?pwd=ZDlIQ0luK01yZS9QeHlhYnRDcFovdz09

You are cordially welcome to become part of the public jury and help us with the evaluation. Watch video recordings and choose your favourite top 3 results! :) Vote HERE  or go to www.menti.com and use the voting code 7966 4069.

RESULTS OF THE OPEN SPRING INSPIRE HACKATHON:

  1. How to use and improve OLU 2.0.0
    https://youtu.be/u2eFslG7tf8
  2. Regional Attractiveness
    https://youtu.be/MdomOPD_q5Q
  3. Analysis of Drought Conditions for Selected Use-Cases
    https://youtu.be/mO8OcdE9VyA
  4. Analytical map of traffic accidents in Czechia
    NO RESULTS
  5. SmartAfriHub III – African Agricultural Water Security
    https://youtu.be/KVM4kwIkhFo
  6. Analysis of Sentinel 2 and Sentinel 1 time series for the purpose of Agriculture
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-auLY7XAqVw&ab_channel=He%C5%99man%C5%A0nevajs
  7. Interactive collaborative data capturing at scale – technology and business models
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=260XvRKCphQ&ab_channel=RaitisBerzins
  8. AgroInfo Application
    https://youtu.be/A7aiMrucwy0
  9. Agrihub Slovakia
    https://youtu.be/LGV7ZhrKMqo
  10. Evaluation of OSM 4 purposes of Traffic Modelling
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPGye_ITrwQ&ab_channel=KarelJedlicka
  11. From Smart Points of Interest towards sustainable Points of Interest
    https://youtu.be/HaZnUenyiCU

Agricultute DWG Session: Organisational landscape of Agriculture – state of play, gaps and challenges

We would like to cordially invite you to join the upcoming Agriculture DWG session on identifying the “Organisational landscape of Agriculture – state of play, gaps and challenges”.

During the session we plan to provide insights into various organisations in the Agriculture domain, followed by a panel discussion on gaps and challenges in standardisation in Agriculture and coordinate different standardisation activities running under different umbrellas.

The session will be held during the 119th OGC Member Meeting on Wednesday 16th June 6:00 -7:30 PM CEST.

FAO, Geoglam, GODAN, ESA, NextEOS and RCMRD representatives will be addressing the following questions from the perspective of your organization:

  • What do you see the main challenge in standardisation for Agriculture?
  • How is your organisation addressing these challenges?
  • How does your organisation contribute to standardisation/interoperability in Agriculture?
  • What do you see as the necessary next steps for better coordination?

Agenda

  • Intro Ag DWG chair (Karel Charvát)
  • Insights from FAO, GEOGLAM, ESA, GODAN, RCMRD, Next-EOS
  • Panel discussion: selected organisations
  • Wrap-up and what’s next?

Register for the workshop at https://store.ogc.org/site/home

Czech-Bulgarian Conference on the Implementation of Smart Agriculture

The main goal of the event is to introduce the  Czech and Bulgarian research organizations, organizations involved in the matter of the Smart Agriculture, companies providing products and services in Smart Agriculture and the wide public, interested in the topic, with the opportunities for cooperation in research and development of new technologies and their application in the agriculture industry as well as to build the foundation of solid communication between Czech and Bulgarian organizations and companies as a first step to starting strategic partnerships in the area of science, research and development and to the wide opening of the markets for products, services and application in both countries.  

The conference will be organized in two days on 22nd and 23rd June 2021. On each of these days the event will be held from 09:00 until 12:00 Czech time – CEST (10:00 till 13:00 Bulgarian time – EET).  Each day the conference will be split on two parts – presentation part, with length of 2 hours and discussion part with length of one hour. For holding the webinar will be used the ZOOM platform.

  • Day 1 (22.6.) will be dedicated to the not-for-profit organizations who are involved in the R&D process in the area of the Smart Agriculture.  Typical organizations: universities, research organizations, professional organizations who unite entities interested in Smart Agriculture.
  • Day 2 (23.6) will be dedicated to the presentations of companies who already have products, services or applications for Smart Agriculture in commercial phase of their development or already provide such  to customers and which are looking for access to the foreign markets through starting strategic partnerships, distributions or direct investments.

Webinar language: English

Venue: online environment (ZOOM). Link to the conference will be sent to you after your Registration

Apply as a presenting organization: 

Are you interested in giving a 10-minute presentation at the event? You will get the opportunity to establish cooperation with other partners in the upcoming Horizon Europe program, as well as the opportunity to establish cooperation with Czech and Bulgarian partners in the markets of both countries. Contact us via the Registration form or by email: horakova@wiressinfo.cz

Deadline for registration as presenter: 

Organizations and companies who would like to present should confirm their participation as presenters and to submit their presentations in English until 16. 06. 2021.

Description of the programme for the first day (22nd June 2021)

  • 09:00 – 09:15 Official start of the webinar 
  • 09:15 – 09:45 Naďa Koníčková (TC AV ČR) presentation of the Horizon Europe program as a potential for the development of the Smart Agriculture
  • 09:45 – 11:00 In changing order we will have Czech and Bulgarian organizations in R&D in the Smart Agriculture to present themselves 
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Discussion, Q&A, exchange of contacts, networking

Description of the program for the second day (23rd June 2021)

  • 09:00 – 09:15 Opening of the second day. Short review of the planned presentations of companies involved in Smart Agriculture
  • 09:15 – 10:45 In changing order Czech and Bulgarian companies developing or providing products, services or applications in the Smart Agriculture will present themselves.
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Pause
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Discussion, Q&A, exchange of contacts, networking

The time given is Central European Summer Time (CEST). Program changes reserved.

Registration: you can register for the conference free of charge as a listener or as a presenter. The registration link is https://forms.gle/BNXoS8s4oGFU7d586

Presentations for download will be available in English, but we are also preparing a translation into Czech and Bulgarian (a link to the repository will be sent to registered participants)

Main organizer of the event:

WIRELESSINFO is a non-profit association founded in 2003 by Czech participants in the Wirelessinfo IST 1999-21056 project. WIRELESSINFO is a virtual community of SMEs and research. The association participates in the development of applications in the field of information technology and coordinates activities in research, new development, testing and use of new information systems and technologies for data collection, transmission and management. The main direction of development is the emphasis on the use of decentralized data sources, the use of open interfaces and the development of applications with the involvement of end users. WIRELESSINFO operates mainly in the fields of agriculture, environment, tourism and regional development. WIRELESSINFO is actively involved in European research projects.

Co-organizers:

Supporting project:

In case of any questions, you can contact organizers on the following email address:
Šárka Horáková (horakova@wirelessinfo.cz)
Georgi Stoilov – Counsellor, Head of Trade and Commercial Section (obchodniradabg@gmail.com)
Karel Charvát (charvat@wirelessinfo.cz)

Conference website in EN language:
https://www.wirelessinfo.cz/en/smart-agriculture/
Conference website in CZ language:
www.otevrenejaro.cz/chytre-zemedelstvi

An achievement with web application for agriculture – advancing to the champions

The project “FIE20: Groundwater and meteo sensors” of the international consortium Latvian-Czech-Swiss team has been selected to the Champion projects in the WSIS Prizes 2021 contest organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The category Champions projects contains 90 selected projects from a total of 1270 proposals. Each category contains 5 projects with the most amount of votes from the audience. The Expert Group will select the WSIS Prize 2021 Winners from these TOP 5 projects in each category. We would like to thank for all the support and all the casted votes that number reached almost 2500 votes. 

We are really pleased that our application (https://groundwater.smartagro.lv/fie/index.html?lang=en) developed during the last 2 years as one of the Flagship Innovation Experiments (FIE) of the Horizon2020 SmartAgriHubs (SAH) project reached such a level of the contest. We believe this achievement will bring more attention to the solution that integrates different kinds of data into one web map application that can be utilized by farmers, agronomists or advisory companies in agriculture.

We would like to invite you to the WSIS Prizes 2021 Champions Ceremony held virtually on Wednesday, 19 May, at 12:00-14:00 CEST where our FIE20 project will be highlighted together with all Champions. You can join using the following link: https://itu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aw8hQ7tWSGKeYr8PHB0m_g 

The application was developed as one of the Flagship Innovation Experiments (FIE) of the Horizon2020 SmartAgriHubs (SAH) project.

Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon Kick-Off Webinar Replay

Did you miss Open Spring INSPIRE Kick-off webinar, where all 11 challenges were introduced by their mentors in the form of 5-minute pitch? Do not hesitate to watch the webinar replay and register for the challenges!

***The registration for the challenges is open! Register for the hackathon HERE***

In addition to the objectives of the challenges and the introduction of mentors, in this webinar you will learn how to join the challenge you might be interested in and how such an INSPIRE Hackathon works.

The Open Spring INSPIRE hackathon 2021 (March – May) will be focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, the environment, transport, tourism, geospatial applications or remote sensing and GNSS.

 

The registration for the Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon is open!

The Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon starts right now! The registration for the challenges is open! Check the table below, choose the challenge and register for the hackathon HERE.

Do not forget, that on 6th April at 2:30 PM CEST there will be a kick-off webinar dedicated to the introduction of all challenges. You are cordially invited to take part and learn more about the hackathon :) In case of your interest, please register for the webinar here.

The Open Spring INSPIRE hackathon 2021 (March – May) will be focused on developments and innovations in agriculture, the environment, transport, tourism, geospatial applications or remote sensing and GNSS.

CHALLENGEPROJECT TITLE & DESCRIPTIONMENTOR
1How to use and improve OLU 2.0.0
The aim of the Challenge is to verify and test the possibility of using the geographical database OLU 2.0.0 for various areas of human activity - spatial planning, modeling, visualization, but also in commercial applications - real estate, investment evaluation, etc. The aim is to support the use of OLU in various areas gather data for further development of the OLU database.
Karel Charvát, Kristýna Čerbová
2Regional Atractiveness
This challenge’s primary goals are to explore and develop different forms of simple, understandable, and tempting attractive communication of regional attractiveness assessment. The challenge results will help identify and visualise similarities and differences between various regions based on statistical data. The team should consider, test and experiment with multiple approaches that include but are not limited to index calculation, clustering or machine learning methods.
Karel Charvát, Otakar Čerba
3Analysis of Drought Conditions for Selected Use-Cases
Drought is a natural hazard that has significant impacts on the environment, society, and economy. In this challenge we will apply various drought indices to investigate the occurrence of drought conditions for several STARGATE use-cases in Europe. The aim of the challenge is to assess drought risk by applying drought indices to weather simulation models and earth observation data for selected use-cases.
Amit Kirschenbaum
4Analytical map of traffic accidents in Czechia
Set up an analytical map of traffic accidents in Czechia, taking advantage of the GLayer engine provided by InnoConnect.
Frantisek Kolovsky, Jiri Bouchal
5SmartAfriHub III - African Agricultural Water Security
The goal is to continue building the African Community to support SmartFarming in Africa.
Tuula Löytty, Markéta Kollerová, Karel Charvát
6Analysis of Sentinel 2 and Sentinel 1 time series for the purpose of Agriculture
This challenge aims at following:
Comparison of different indices including developing web based environment for data comparison
Time series crop classification testing different possibilities like transfering classification form one season to other or from one region to the other
Analysis of dynamism of different indices in the field and comparison with other data like meteorological and climatic data
Comparison of different phenology status inside of farm
Comparison of phenology status of single crops between seasons
Updating Land Use maps
Herman Snevajs, Iva Batrlova
7Interactive collaborative data capturing at scale - technology and business models
A MapWhiteboard is a technology that allows several users to work collaboratively “in” the same map, the way people do with documents in Google Docs or Office 365.
The challenge for the hackathon is two-fold: The technical challenge for developers is to ensure the scalability of the current proof-of-concept to handle large-scale real-world user loads. To date, no benchmark has been established to determine the capacity and hardware requirements for the challenge.
The business challenge for those who wish to transform tech into added value for society: How to capitalize on whiteboard technology
For government, academia, business, individuals
How can it be made into a cross-platform enabler (serve different tech silos, providers)
What are the “killer” use-cases and applications for this technology
How can this be offered as a service, licensing and IPR concerns - open or proprietary, on-premise, decentralized or SaaS
Runar Bergheim, Karel Charvát, Eliška Janošíková
8AgroInfo Application
Design of AgroInfo - (web-based) application gathering information from various sources into an integrated, easy to interpret environment. The outcome of the challenge should be a detailed analysis of needs, the definition of use-cases, and app wireframes that could be used as a basis for developing the web application.
Karel Jedlička, Frantisek Zadrazil, Pavel Hajek, Heřman Šnevajs, Jirka Valeš, Tomáš Andrš
9Agrihub Slovakia
Let's make Slovak agriculture smarter, sustainable and competitive. The aim of the challenge is to build a Slovak Agricultural Innovation Hub.
Petr Uhlíř, Hana Kubíčková, Radoslav Delina
10Evaluation of OSM 4 purposes of Traffic Modelling
The goal of our challenge is to evaluate the suitability of the OpenStreetMap street network for a traffic model creation, focusing on the quality of attributes (prohibited turns and road capacity mainly) using GEH Statistics, compared to available traffic measurements.
Karel Jedlička, Daniel Beran, Jan Martolos
11From Smart Points of Interest towards sustainable Points of Interest
The goal of the challenge is to create a robust, easily maintainable pipeline for OSM and other data resources to SPOI transformation and to find a sustainable business model for SPOI spoject. We will look at new methods of building SPOI, but the main focus will be on areas where SPOI can be used and how to integrate SPOI with other data and provide custom analysis for different stakeholders groups. We will look on synergis with such data sets like Open Land Use and other data sources.
Jan Macura, (Stein) Runar Bergheim