INSPIRE Hackathon 2018: Webinars I and II

There are two upcoming webinars dedicated to the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018. Different speakers and different topics.

The first one is scheduled already for tomorrow, i.e. on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 1pm CET. The topic is Open Data & Agricultural Resources. Registration for this webinar is open can be done at

The second webinar is scheduled on Friday 20th July 2018 at 10am CET. The topic is APIs & Security and the registration is at


TEAM 1: Open Land Use and its metadata in RDF

TEAM LEADERS: Raul Palma, Dmitri Kozuch

PROJECT IDEA: The main idea is to put Open Land Use dataset and also its metadata (from in RDF format into Virtuoso and explore SPARQL queries that would combine data with metadata. For instance: Show me the datasets (municipalities) where more than 50% of the area is covered by residential areas and data were collected not later than 5 years ago? This query combines some metadata (such as year of data collection and municipality which data covers) with data itself  (object features with residential land use). For automatization of such queries it is necessary to have both data and metadata available for querying and interconnected. In ideal case the output will be endpoint where it will be possible to query both OLU data and metadata, some model queries and possibly some visualization of query results.

European Union Satellite Centre in Support of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

The INSPIRE Hackathon 2018 has got additional support from the European Union Satellite Centre – SatCen.

SatCen is an agency of the Council of the EU working under the supervision of the Political and Security Committee and the operational direction of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. SatCen supports the decision-making and actions of the EU in the field of CFSP, including EU crisis management missions and operations, by providing products and services resulting from the exploitation of relevant space assets and collateral data, including satellite and aerial imagery, and related services. The main users of SatCen services are the European External Action Service, EU Member States, EU missions and operations, the European Commission, other EU Entities and international organisations such as the UN and OSCE. SatCen cooperates with relevant institutions and international organisations from the Space and Security domain, including the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) where it is leading the Space and Security Community Activity (SSCA).The Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) Unit of SatCen is assessing new technologies and developing new solutions aiming to keep at state of the art the operational capabilities of SatCen. To this aim, RTDI is participating in different projects and initiatives at Global and European level, related to Earth Observation Systems, Sensors, Data and Applications, leveraging forefront technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Computing. In the frame of the EVER-EST project, as leader of the Land Monitoring VRC, SatCen has been working to demonstrate the potential of VREs for the Security domain. SatCen is participating in the NextGEOSS project, building the Space and Security Pilot on the results coming from the EVER-EST VRC, thus ensuring their long-term exploitation. The NextGEOSS Space and Security Pilot is proposing the exploitation of Copernicus Data to generate change detection products over selected areas of interest. Therefore, we invite the participants at the hackathon to propose and define innovative Open APIs, share best practices and implementation that will:

  • Promote extensive use of multiple GEOSS data to create applications in the Space and Security domain;
  • Stimulate the identification of new value propositions for EO data, coming from inherent data characteristics and /or combinations with other open geospatial information.

EVER-EST Supports the INSPIRE Hacakthon 2018

The INSPIRE Hackathon 2018 has got a new partner – the H2020 project EVER-EST (European Virtual Environment for Research – Earth Science Themes).

The EVER-EST project will create a virtual research environment (VRE) focused on the requirements of the Earth Science community. Within the earth sciences there are major challenges such as climate change research and ensuring the secure and sustainable availability of natural resources and understanding natural hazards which require inter-disciplinary working and sharing of large amounts of data across diverse geographic locations and science disciplines to work towards a solution.

The project will include a major work stream to develop a virtual research environment, and this will build on a number of e-infrastructures which have been created under European Commission funding in recent years. Other work packages will test this emerging infrastructure using appropriate use cases.



GODAN Joined the Forces for the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative joined the forces and became a co-organiser of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018.

GODAN is a rapidly growing network of 758 partners from government, international and private sector organisations all committed to making data relevant to agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable worldwide.

GODAN is now a partner of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018 and will provide access to various data via APIs as well as spread the news about the hackathon among its members.


Help us to update the list of APIs available for the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

An inevitable part of the next INSPIRE Hackathon are APIs, i.e. interfaces that are defined in terms of a set of functions and procedures, and enable a program to gain access to facilities within an application. (Definition from Dictionary of Computer Science – Oxford Quick Reference, 2016)

You can submit an API which will be included in the list using this simple form.


A Report from the Valmiera INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

This is a report from one of the satellite hackathons organised in the frame of the INSPIRE hackathon series – The Valmiera INSPIRE Hackathon 2018.

Another event from the INSPIRE Hackathon series took place at the Vidzemes University of Applied Sciences (ViA) in Valmiera in Latvia between 30th May and 1st June 2018. The event was organized by the ViA in cooperation with several European projects namely DataBio, NextGEOSS, EUXDAT, PoliVisu and also in cooperation with the Plan4All association.

This Hackathon was focused on introduction of technologies and data sets used in cooperating projects to students of the ViA. The majority of participants of the Hackathon were 2nd year students of the Information technologies programme from the ViA. Students could choose tasks prepared by mentors before start of the event or they could come with own project idea.

Students’ tasks for the Hackathon were derived from following project ideas:

  • Visualization of 3D data using CesiumJS library;
  • Processing and visualization of sensor data;
  • Integration of available datasets to existing databases e.g. Smart Points of Interest (SPOI), Open Land Use (OLU) etc.;
  • Design mobile application using open datasets (SPOI, OLU, etc.);
  • Analysing and visualization of remote sensing data especially Copernicus datasets;
  • Define requirements and design mobile apps using some open datasets;
  • Research of available open data in EU countries.

Students were working on selected larger tasks in small groups or alone on particular tasks. Students were discussing issues with mentors and mentors were providing students advices during solution of tasks. Each participating student has presented results of selected task at the end of the event and gave certain feedback of utilization of recommended technologies and datasets.

Interesting results were made in tasks derived from the Visualization of 3D data project. Visualization of temporal 3D data was tested and as well as CZML format data representation. Print screen of tested data set visualization is shown in next Fig 1.

Fig 1 – Visualization of 3D data in CesiumJS library

Several mock-ups and set of requirements for mobile applications were presented as results of tasks derived from the Define requirements and design mobile apps using open datasets project. One proposed mobile app was about gamification of evaluation of restaurants and cafés in France. Another mock-up was describing mobile app that is integrating bike rental services from different companies. This designed application was described up to the level of functionality and screens design as is shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2 – Screens of designed bike rental mobile app

Results of researches on availability of open data in selected countries or domains showed that the number of open data producers and publishers is increasing. Situation of open data was investigated in Latvia, France, UK and Spain.

Students found this event attractive because it broadened their horizons in the field of modern technologies and datasets with emphasize in the spatial data domain. Students found this event attractive because it broaden their horizons in the field of modern technologies and datasets with emphasis in the spatial data domain. This event brought students an experience how to process tasks in different domains in limited time. Photo from a working and coding session during the Hackathon is shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3 – Coding and working session during the Hackathon


  • Wednesday 30. 5.
    • 10:00 – starting of event, introduction of cooperating projects and project ideas
    • 12:00 – introduction of students tasks
    • 14:00 – start of coding
    • 17:00 – wrap up results from first day, end of first day
  • Thursday 31. 5.
    • 10:00 – start of second day, coding and working on students tasks
    • Thu 17:00 – wrap up results of second day, end of second day
  • Friday 1. 6.
    • 10:00 – start of students presentations
    • 13:00 – evaluating results, end of the event

Registration Opens for the INSPIRE Hackathon 2018

We are pleased to invite to the third year of the INSPIRE Hackathon that is organised in the frame of the INSPIRE Conference 2018, 18-21 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Registration is open. Create your own team or join an existing one and start working on your hackathon projects. The finale of the hackathon will be during the workshop at the INSPIRE Conference, 19th September 2018 at 2pm.

More information at