International Data Week 2018 in Botswana

Digital Frontiers of Digital Science – that was the theme of the last International Data Week held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Karel Charvat from Plan4all in several occasions showed the results and community work under the umbrella of the Plan4all association. This includes the INSPIRE hackathon process, Open Land Use and processing big data for agriculture applications.

The INSPIRE hackathon movement was of great interest, especially from the US, South Africa and Taiwan.

The Open Land Use is a world wide dataset that is continuously improving based on available data and financial resources. The most discussed were the aspects of data harmonisation and other semantic aspects of the dataset. A collaboration was set up with the Land Matrix – global land monitoring initiative.

The DataBio project in collaboration with EUXDAT are developing several agriculture applications using big data from agriculture machinery and Earth observation. The use of RDF as semantic representation of data was the most questioned topic of the presentation.

OpenTransportNet Won the Europe’s Digital Government Award

The OpenTransportNet project which results are maintained by Plan4all has been awarded the Digital Government Excellence at the 18th European Conference on Digital Government.

Below, you can read the press release issued by 21c within the frame of the daughter project PoliVisu.

Space Application Hackathon

Plan4all invites you to the Space Application Hackathon, which is a technology competition organised by ESA BIC Prague in cooperation with other partners in connection with Czech Space Week. the hackathon is focused on four main categories: Earth Observation, Navigation/GNSS, SpaceTech and Blockchain in Space.

For 24 hours, multidisciplinary teams composed of 2-5 members will come together to work on challenges with the goal of imagining and designing innovative services and products that find everyday uses for space technologies or data.

Teams will have the advantage of assistance from technical and business development mentors and at the end of the day they will have a unique opportunity to present their innovative ideas to leaders of the Czech start-up community and representatives of significant multinational corporations.

Special prizes for the winners in each of the four categories will be presented by their technical guarantors, which are GSA, GNSS CE, SpaceKnow, IBM and Fujitsu. Other partners’ prizes will also be awarded to participants. The overall winner of the hackathon will receive a prize of CZK 50,000 and a trip to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

The Space Application Hackathon will take place on 9-10 November 2018 at IBM (In Park 2294/4, Prague 4) in connection with Czech Space Week, a week full of space events for the general public as well as the professional community, which will take place from 9 to 18 November throughout the Czech Republic.

Challenges and all information, including the possibility of registration, can be found here and on Facebook. You can also get inspiration from the previous space hackathon held by ESA BIC Prague.

[Project] Sustainability 101

Free webinar on sustainability – 22nd October at 2pm CET

In this webinar you will be introduced to different concepts and perspectives on H2020 project sustainability. We also offer you a couple of success stories. What is your understanding of sustainability of H2020 projects? Do you have good examples of how to solve this challenge? Join us to learn and discuss!

Register at


Plan4all Booth at the ICT 2018 Conference

Plan4all has received a booth at the largest ICT conference of the Commission – the ICT 2018: Imagine Digital – Connect Europe.

A team from Plan4all will be waiting for you at the Innovation Village presenting the latest research results from ongoing projects and the way how to transfer the results into practice.

The key focus of the booth will be on the transport of the future:

  • Traffic on the road, road closures and transport management and development are key areas influencing environmental, social and economic indicators. This innovation enables to model and forecast traffic volumes in any location and at any time. This provides an opportunity for transport planners, urban designers, citizens and policy makers to view the forecasted situation on the road reflecting planned developments, road closures and general traffic problems such as rush hours.

    The innovation combines spatial and demographic data including real-time traffic sensors. By using specific algorithms the tool visualises interactive image of traffic volumes. The innovation was designed within the OpenTransportNet project, was commercially exploited in modelling the traffic volumes in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and is currently utilised by the Plan4all association in the PoliVisu project. This is a ready for market innovation which has a huge exploitation potential in many specialisms.

The scope of the booth will be extended to other areas including precision agriculture and tourism.

Joint Conference 2018

The University of West Bohemia, Plan4all, Club of Ossiach, Czech Centre for Science and Society and Czech Open Solutions Center with support of the DataBio, PoliVisu, EUXDAT, PUNTIS, Peregrinus Silva Bohemica and InteCom projects organised the Joint Conference 2018. The conference was held at the University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic 3rd and 4th October 2018. More than 100 participants interested in geospatial applications in agriculture and forestry attended the conference.

A short report available only in Czech can be accessed at

Copernicus Hackathon in Villorba

Copernicus Hackathon in Villorba (Italy) will be held from 5th until 7th October 2018. For registration and more information, please go to

This is the first Copernicus hackathon funded by the European Commission in Italy.

The Copernicus Hackathon will give you the chance to come together with others and to explore many application fields here on Earth with free and open space data from Copernicus.

Together with other enthusiastic you will get access to Copernicus data, support from mentors and the option to follow several business and technical workshops.

Awards in the amount of 50,000 EUR.

Research by the Commission on Geospatial Data Sharing

The Commission is currently conducting a study on how the sharing of geospatial data between public authorities and with the public could be improved across the EU.

The INSPIRE Directive plays an important role in facilitating such sharing. However, experience shows that there is room for improvement and that more can done.

Therefore we ask you, as the users and producers of geospatial data and information, to share with us your experiences and thoughts on the use of this ‘infrastructure’ by answering a questionnaire that you find online at

Please feel free to share this message with other stakeholders in your networks.

Thanks a lot for your support,