Code4Green Hackathon – “European environmental data hack”

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety announced a 36-hour Code4Green hackathon dedicated to environmental challenges namely climate change, biodiversity and circular economy challenges. The hackathon will be held virtually between 10 July and 12 July 2020.

With satellites, IoT sensors and environmental monitoring comes Big Data. Current solutions to environmental challenges are often fragmented due to the way this data is collected, especially across Member States. Finding solutions to assist in the timely and standardised collection of such data has never been this important.

“We are looking for teams to build open source prototypes using environmental data to build solutions for all of Europe. Our data-coaches and experts will be available to provide guidance, support, and inspiration. We will take care of the data preparation so you and your team can focus on bringing your innovative idea to life.”

The winning teams for all challenges will be provided with cash prizes of 10.000 Euro in total, three months of mentoring by industry experts to turn their prototype into a market-ready solution and potential funding possibilities, as well as a trip to Berlin in October to present their solution to the EU environmental ministers.

At a glance

When? 10 – 12 July
Where? Hack online at your computer
Topics and Challenges: #ClimateChange, #Biodiversity and #CircularEconomy – See below for details.

Applications close: 3 July – Apply now at:

For more information, please visit

Invitation to the Webinar on Metadata & Data Sharing and Management Principles

We would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming webinar dedicated to metadata and FAIR sharing principles for best practice in research data management that is scheduled on Tuesday 23rd June at 10 AM CEST.

During the webinar you will learn:

Metadata Introduction The importance of metadata is often underestimated. For data users are metadata commonly regarded as a necessary evil, and something mandatory to the data creating and dataset publishing process. This presentation offers a different point of view: metadata are a red line connecting the geographical tools and applications. No matter when searching for relevant data, Web services, explaining underlying models, displaying predicted situation in a map etc. This presentation will guide you a way to revoke an artificial border between data and metadata.

Predicting cloudness of satellite images through (meta)data Metadata does not have to be texts! Metadata in a textual way have in some cases a low information value for a user; e.g. a satellite image is covered from 60% by clouds. Will my farm be covered with clouds or not? This presentation will guide you through another (meta)data use case: metadata as geometry/graphics. Moreover, the presentation deals with cloudiness predictions as well as notification mechanisms through e-mail and SMS.

Micka MIcKa is a complex solution for metadata management and for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and geoportal building. It contains tools for editing and management of metadata for spatial information, web services and other sources (documents, web sites, etc.). It includes their search on the Internet, portrayal in map or download to local computer. OpenMicka is freely available while Micka is a commercial tool. The designation (Open)Micka is used hereinafter for features similar to both licensing versions. Commercial version of Micka is also available free of charge for the duration of the SIEUSOIL project. The full documentation to both versions is stored at . MicKa is now part of SmartAfriHub

FAIR data principles for best practice in research data management The FAIR data principles identify four important characteristics of datasets (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) that will make them easier to use. These principles have been developed to help publishers assess whether individual datasets are published in a FAIR and open way. They have been adopted by the research community, where they capture a set of best practices that apply when publishing any type of dataset. FAIR data principles can be applied to data that exists at any point on the data spectrum. The principles emphasise clear licensing and recommend standard licences ‒ like those of creative commons ‒ but do not suggest data should be either closed, shared or open. For instance, sensitive personal data only available to researchers under limited data sharing agreements can still benefit from being FAIR to ensure researchers can easily find, access and reuse that data.

You will hear from:

The webinar is open to everyone – students, researchers, data analytics, NGO, African and European projects, anybody in Africa and beyond, who is dealing with data management.

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 Winners

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 was terminated by a final presentation of results and awards ceremony during the INSPIRE 2020 Online conference. The jury members including Jitka Faugnerová (CENIA), Stefano Tamascelli (XTeam Software Solutions) and Alexander Kotsev (JRC) announced the following winners of the Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020:

Congratulations to all the winning teams and many thanks for excellent work to all participants!

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 – Invitation to the final event

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 – ”Leveraging interoperable frameworks, artificial intelligence and citizen science for Sustainable Development Goals”

This is the fifth year of the INSPIRE Hackathon, an integral part of the INSPIRE conference and workshops. On Thursday 11th June 11:00 am CEST, the results from the hackathon challenges will be presented showing what the teams have achieved in the weeks of virtual collaboration. The workshop will conclude with an announcement of the top three teams in an awards ceremony. 

REGISTER for the event HERE Thursday 11th June 11:00 am CEST

The INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is in line with the motto of the INSPIRE Conference – “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together”. The hackathon is co-organised and supported by 10 partners: Plan4all, WeObserve, NextGEOSS, EO4agri, EUXDAT, Sieusoil, Stargate, SmartAgriHubs, AFarCloud, INSPIRE. The Dubrovnik INSPIRE hackathon organization is led by Plan4all and consists of 12 individual challenges this year.

Citizen science
The goal of the hackathon is to promote collaboration and sharing of experience in the domain of spatial data/services and citizen-science while showcasing their utilisation and uptake to different application domains and themes. This includes supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. The H2020 WeObserve project ( that aims to create a sustainable ecosystem for Citizen Observatories for environmental monitoring and improve coordination between related regional, european and international activities has been a main contributor. 

4 out of 12 challenges are addressing different aspects of citizen science data:

  • Integrating INSPIRE with Citizen Science and EO authentication systems
  • Establish the connection of Citizen Observatories resources with central catalogue
  • Improve interoperability between methods for sharing in-situ and citizen-sourced data
  • Interchangeable map compositions in support of collaborative spatial intelligence

Artificial intelligence
There is an increasing interest in developing digital ecosystems for the environment focussing not only on data and infrastructures but also on algorithms, analytics, insights and applications. Artificial intelligence is an area of technology that has great potential to support the Sustainable Development Goals, as any other area of society. In the Dubrovnik INSPIRE hackathon we have the following challenges related to AI.

  • Using ML for detection of Land Use objects
  • Deep learning for weather forecast

Sustainable Development Goals – Food Security
Food security is one of the Sustainable Development Goals that is easy to understand for us all. We all need food. Food security is global in nature because the agricultural sector and industry is global. The H2020 project EO4agri is collecting input for their policy advise to the EC for future development of agricultural infrastructure, data and platform requirements and more. The following challenges will provide valuable input to the EO4agri input as well as to the INSPIRE community.

  • EO4Agri Ideathon
  • Assessing phenological events (sowing/planting, emergence, end of season…) in agriculture based on Copernicus data
  • Copernicus and LPIS data combined in data cube services
  • Using Sentinel 1 data and IoT technology for analysis of soil moisture

Interoperable frameworks and open data
In general, the INSPIRE hackathons are all about promoting use of data, particularly open data from Copernicus and GEO, contributing to making the data interoperable following standards like INSPIRE, OGC, ISO etc. In addition to the SDG Food security we address also traffic and land use, both components in several SDGs. 

  • Traffic Modelling from web browser – use case of Františkovy Lázně
  • Extend OpenLandUse by selected Inspire Data Theme

Jury evaluation
More than 70 participants have contributed to these 12 challenges and their results are evaluated by an international experts jury.

Meet the jury members:

Jitka Faugnerova is the INSPIRE Member State Contact point for the Czech Republic in the Czech Environmental Information Agency, CENIA, where she is responsible for practical implementation of INSPIRE Directive: support for data providers, dissemination activities (organisation of technical and legislative workshops for INSPIRE stakeholders, coordination of public consultations to INSPIRE regulations) as well as for the transposition of INSPIRE Directive into the Czech law. She graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Czech Technical university. Jitka has had several commissions of trust related to the INSPIRE directive.

Stefano Tamascelli graduated from the school of Software Engineering of the Padua University (Italy) in 2000. I has obtained a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks from the University of Padua in 2003.  Stefano Tamascelli is the Managing Partner of XTeam Software Solutions, has designed and developed over 100 commercial products for Amiga, Windows, MacOs, Linux, Nintendo GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, Android, iOS, Flash, HTML5 and has worked on other projects/videogames as a consultant for Xbox, Xbox360, XBox One Playstation 2, Playstation 3,  PlayStation 4 , PlayStationVita, Nintendo3DS, Nintendo Switch. He has also lead all the research projects of the company, such as GeniuX Photo EFX (award-winning photo editing software), 3D GeniuX, Extender (augmented reality awnings for outdoor ), the Retaliation series for Forgotten Empires, The Ballad Singer and have a consolidated experience in H2020 projects with the participation on 6 projects ( 3D TuneIn, SCENT, PLUGGY, MCI, MCI2, Victor ).  Now he is  working on artificial intelligence for the dementia’s study and to improve the listen experience of people with hearing loss / cochlear implants.

Alexander Kotlev is an experienced researcher with a long track record of projects and research interests spanning across multiple domains such as IoT, citizen science, data interoperability, standard-based web services, spatio-temporal data and GIS. Alex joined the JRC in 2012 where he is working on the technological enablers for data-driven innovation across multiple domains and levels of governance. Alex has hands-on experience in the use of open source and proprietary ETL tools, digital mapping technologies, spatial databases, Python and OGC Standards. He has a strong education background and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in GISCience (Ph.D.)

REGISTER for the event HERE Thursday 11th June 11:00 am CEST

RDA Global Adoption Week: 15-19 June 2020

The adoption session, originally planned for Plenary 15, is now turning into a global adoption week scheduled from 15 to 19 June 2020. The aim remains to demonstrate the wide variety of adoptable and adopted solutions to data sharing challenges that people in the field encounter in their daily jobs.

The global adoption week will provide the opportunity to learn about RDA Outputs, converse with speakers from all around the world who have created and implemented them, and determine how best to integrate those data sharing solutions into your own projects. The global adoption week will be organised around five Research Data Lifecycles, as used in the RDA recommendations and outputs catalogue.

  • Monday June 15: Data Management
  • Tuesday June 16: Data Description
  • Wednesday June 17: Identity, Store, and Preserve
  • Thursday June 18: Disseminate, Link and Find
  • Friday June 19: Policy, Legal Compliance, and Capacity

Pick your session and register here:

115th OGC Technical Committee meeting: Invitation to EO4Agriculture session

During 115th OGC Technical Committee meeting which will be held virtually there will be a session EO4Agriculture by Agriculture DWG. The session will be focused on standardisation of EO information for farming sector and food sector. It will include also analytical possibilities like AI.

The EO4Agriculture session will be held on June 15th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT (Room D)

Indicative program:

  • Karel Charvát (Plan4all)– EO4Agri analysis
  • Maximilien Houël (Sistema Gmbh) – Creation of a vegetation index using Sentinels data and machine learning methods: monitoring of the desert locust impact.
  • Filip Leitner (MUNI) – Predicting cloudness of satellite images through (meta)data
  • Pavel Hájek (Plan4all) – Climate Change Trends for Africa
  • Vojtech Lukas (Mendelu University), Karel Charvát Jr. (Lesprojekt) – Preparation of application maps for precision farming
  • Antonella Catucci (E-GEOS) – PREMIA: Platform for Risk Evaluation and Management in Agriculture

You don’t have to be an OGC member to attend an OGC meeting. This session is open to anyone to attend and new voices are always welcome.

You can access the meeting on


We are happy to share with you the International Newsletter of our partner Vidzeme Planning Region, where latest achievements and activities are listed.

The newsletter is avilable HERE.

Since Vidzeme Planning Region (VPR) has started implementing international projects, an extensive cooperation network has been developed, which includes 232 partner organizations in 28 countries. The considerable number of contacts has allowed us to successfully implement projects, use access to extensive knowledge and experience to implement it all with the financial support of the European Union (EU) in Vidzeme region.

Innovation in Vidzeme has a special role and it has become a core element of the regional development agenda.

Simply regions matter for innovation, and innovation matters for regions. Also in Vidzeme, every idea that is planned or implemented brings with it the desire to innovate, bring new winds, strive for excellence and uniqueness, but at the same time putting people at the center.

  • Vidzeme Innovation Week was organized for a second time this February, and it is truly growing into a platform for networking, for sharing, for learning.
  • Vidzeme Planning Region is working as one of seven Transnational Innovation Brokerage System points, where individual, tailored solutions for companies, willing to innovate and internationalize are supported.
  • An action plan for knowledge-driven bioeconomy innovation ecosystem in Vidzeme Region is finalized, and first activities already delivered.
  • Cluster, co-founded by us already years ago, has transformed into a Latvian Food Bioeconomy cluster.
  • Transport-on-demand solution is piloted in our region, and it has gained a great feedback from local inhabitants.
  • Solutions in energy efficiency have been introduced to the local municipalities, schools, companies and society.

EO4AGRI ONLINE WORKSHOP: CAP Area Monitoring platforms, Copernicus and LPIS

We are pleased to invite you to the EO4AGRI webinar / online workshop  CAP Area Monitoring platforms, Copernicus and LPIS, that will take place on 5 June, Friday, 12.00 CEST.

The online workshop is organised within the framework of Horizon 2020 EO4AGRI project, contributing to  Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020.

The objective of the webinar is to talk about the CAP Area Monitoring platforms for combined use of Copernicus and LPIS/GSAA data, to present the survey results of the 1 year progress of Area Monitoring System implementation in Paying Agencies, focusing on the requirements and identifying the state of the art, and to discuss other related issues.

Monitoring of agricultural sites requires joint satellite observation data (e.g., from Copernicus) with GIS data originating from territorial Land Parcel Identification Systems (LPIS). Technical procedures and platforms for LPIS data sharing, specifically addressing the use of hosted data cubes will be reviewed during the webinar.  Combined processing of LPIS/GSAA and satellite data will be presented, as it is offered by the Euro Data Cube service to the benefits of higher level applications (e.g., Machine Learning crop classification, etc.).

The registration link to the EO4AGRI webinar CAP Area Monitoring platforms, Copernicus and LPISis open:


INSPIRE 2020 Online Conference: Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon Final ceremony & Results

Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 – ”Leveraging interoperable frameworks, artificial intelligence and citizen science for Sustainable Development Goals”

This is the fifth year of the INSPIRE Hackathon. The workshop scheduled on 11 JUNE at 11 AM CEST aims to present the hackathon results and award top three teams of the Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020.

The hackathon stared before the INSPIRE 2020 Online Conference already at the end of February 2020. The hackathon itself and the team work was done remotely.
The Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is in line with the motto of the INSPIRE Conference – “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together”. The hackathon is co-organised and supported by the H2020 WeObserve project  that aims to create a sustainable ecosystem for Citizen Observatories for environmental monitoring and improve coordination between related regional, european and international activities.

The goal of the hackathon is to promote collaboration and sharing of experience in the domain of spatial data/services and citizen-science while showcasing their utilisation and uptake to different application domains and themes. This includes supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The topics of the INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 include:

  • Artificial Intelligence solutions with integrated use of citizen science data
  • Demonstrating interoperability between citizen-science tools and datasets while leveraging innovative protocols, standards and frameworks
  • Facilitating integration between citizen-science and existing infrastructures/systems for environmental monitoring
  • Artificial Intelligence and citizen science applied for the agricultural sector (EO4AGRI)
  • Showcasing integration between INSPIRE, GEOSS, COPERNICUS and citizen-science data, focusing on standardisation, web APIs and novel processing frameworks (i.e. machine learning), towards the creation of added value applications.

Are you interested in results of the Dubrovnik INSPIRE Hackathon? Do not hesitate to register for this final presentation of results & awards ceremony!

Register now!

IGAD Online meeting: Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon as an example of Capacity Development for Agriculture

The Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 will be presented as an example of Capacity Development for Agriculture during the INTEREST GROUP ON AGRICULTURAL DATA (IGAD) Online Meeting by Suchith Anand (GODAN,  on Wednesday, 27th May at 10:20 AM CEST.

Open Earth Observations and Open Geospatial Information are key in supporting and achieving the 2030 agenda for Global Food Security. Hackathons provide an excellent opportunity for bringing together people from different disciplinary backgrounds to form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively co-create a unique solution to the problem from scratch. The outputs generally take shape in the form of websites, webinars, applications, tools, policy papers, or processes. Traditionally hackathons are organized as on-site events with different groups working on different challenges which are then judged on diverse pre-agreed parameters. Though physical hackathons are considered to be more productive, they are also expensive to participants (with costs including travel, accommodation, venue costs, etc), which tend to exclude many potential participants. To obviate this challenge, virtual Hackathons are preferred as a good way of promoting inclusiveness and digital participative collaboration. In this presentation, we share experiences and lessons learned from a  fully Virtual Hackathon. This enables anyone, from anywhere, to join and contribute to the Hackathon, thereby reducing the barriers to participation (esp. for people from low-income countries). 

You are cordially invited to join this session at