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.