S4AllCities H2020 Project | Pilot demo in Pilsen

S4AllCities is a European Commission-funded H2020 project aiming to enhance the safety and security of public spaces by integrating advanced technological and organizational solutions in a market oriented unified Cyber-Physical Security Management framework. All action was performed in a controlled environment fully respecting the “Do No Harm” principle of the European Commission. For more information on our project please visit our website: https://www.s4allcities.eu/

EUHubs4Data 3rd Open Call

Calling on SMEs, start-ups, and web entrepreneurs! The EUHubs4Data project launches its final open call for experiments that will run until 9 November 2022.

Funding, expertise, and support: all of this is now available for cross-border collaborative experiments.

The project is inviting all interested parties to propose experiments that make use of the EUHubs4Data federated catalogue of data-driven services and datasets for the development of innovative products or advanced services. 

The call will grant funding to 18 experiments. To guide you through the process of the call and answer your questions, EUH4D offers you two information sessions. These webinars will inform on the open call, its eligibility, how to participate, and more. Make sure not to miss this opportunity, register now:

  • First info session – 19 September, 11:00 AM CEST. Register here
  • Second information session – 25 October, 11:00 AM CET. Register here

Deadline for applications: 9 November 2022

In the past two editions, the calls for experiments funded 24 projects that, leveraging on the EUH4D catalogue and the expertise provided by DIH, fostered innovation in different areas of research.

If you have any questions, please contact: opencall@euhubs4data.eu

EBDVF 2022 Sponsorship Packages

This year’s edition of the European Big Data Value Forum will take place in Prague, 21 – 23 November 2022.

In addition to the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), the event is co-organised by the BDVA members from the Czech Republic including Plan4all, the Charles University in Prague, the Technical University of Ostrava and IT4Innovations.

The organisers offer possibilities for booths, talks and sessions, and all packages include branding visibility in brochures, social media and our other digital and print materials. With the central theme “At the Heart of the Ecosystem for Data and AI” and a high-level programme we expect the event to gather around 500 attendees on-site and wide reach in our online channels. The packages are designed to maximise visibility and we can tailor them to suit your needs better if needed. See the details here

EBDVF 2022 will take place between the 21st – 23rd of November in Prague, CZ and the event has been granted the CZ EU Presidency Auspice. Registration to the event will be opened shortly! 

There is only a limited number of booths and sponsored sessions available! The booths and the slots will be filled on a “firstcome, firstserved” basis, so be sure not to miss your chance to partner with the EBDVF 2022 and to gain visibility among the community. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please fill in the EoI template here!

For more details, please contact info@core.bdva.eu.

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.

SIEUSOIL Press Release

Soil health has raised the last few years a significant share of concerns. Investing in research is a key to gathering the best data and developing the best solutions for sustainable soil management.

Soils are essential for all life-sustaining processes on earth. However, they are facing several pressures and are also heavily affected by climate change and erosion.

The SIEUSOIL research project which is supported by the Research and Innovation programme HORIZON 2020, aims to develop sustainable soil management practices based on a harmonised land information system suitable for diverse climate and operation conditions along different EU and China locations.

The project activities in the first 18 months of its lifetime have been successful. Collaboration has been established with key global stakeholders, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Soil Reference and Information Centre, the Joint Research Center and the European Environment Agency.

The original plan foreseen for the Eurasian Soil Platform development has been outperformed so far. The impact of the SIEUSOIL’s results in terms of the Web Observatory platform is in some areas even greater than foreseen. The data model developed with the SIEUSOIL’s and FAO resources will not only be used for the purposes of the Eurasian soil platform. The developed data model has world-wide impact.

Earth observations-derived biophysical parameters have been made available to the pilot activities in the EU and China, while a set of biophysical quality indicators for soils and crops have been defined and their methodology established.

Accurate prediction models for soil and soil physical parameters have been validated and Management Zone Maps and variable rate fertilization maps have been obtained in certain pilot farms. Prediction of Yield Productivity Zones with satellites’ support and their evaluation using farm machinery measurements seem to have gain a huge attention in the scientific community.

Moreover, certain parameters have been selected for the Land Suitability Analysis tool and its use in the pilot areas.

The pilot-scale Decision Support System (DSS) specifications and a prototype test version have been prepared. The connections among the different components were identified, as well as the dependencies on the external sources of data.

The proposed EU mission “Caring for soil is caring for life” is key for meeting the ambitions of the “Green Deal”, notably the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategy. SIEUSOIL is totally in line with this mission which is the EU’s strategic research agenda regarding soils for the years to come.

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SIEUSOIL is coordinated by Professor Dimitrios Moshou (dmoshou@auth.gr) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki that leads the consortium of 23 partners, 16 based in Europe and 7 in China.

Final EO4Agri Workshop

This is the final workshop of the EO4AGRI project, which is planned as an open meeting to present the final EO4AGRI Strategic Research Agenda and recommended Roadmap towards improving the European capacity for operational agriculture monitoring based on information derived from Copernicus satellite observation data and through the exploitation of associated geospatial and socio-economic information services.

The workshop will be split into two sessions of around 1.5 hours each. The first section is oriented to researchers, developers, scientific communities, etc, and will be focused on the methodology, user requirements, and gap analysis processes developed during the project in order to get the results that are gathered in the EO4AGRI Strategic Research Agenda and Roadmap that will be presented during the second session (which is mainly targeted to policymakers, public administrations, etc).

Additionally, each slot will be combined with a Coffee table where participants will be able to interact with the speaker and discuss hot topics of that slot.

AGENDA

28/10/2020 || 14:00 CET : Technical insights on the use of Earth observation for agricultural applications

  1. Overall event concept
  2. EO4Agri – Project overview
  3. User Requirements and Gap Analysis for the use of Earth observation data in agricultures
  4. Technical landscape
  5. Methods for Agriculture Applications
  6. Infrastructure & Software
  7. EO4AGRI catalogue.
  8. Q&A

29/10/2020 || 14:00 CET: EO4AGRI Strategic Research Agenda and Roadmap

  1. Overall event concept.
  2. Project Introduction
  3. Earth Observation for Agriculture Strategy and Implementation of the Green Deal
  4. EO4AGRI Strategic Research Agenda for Earth Observation in Agriculture in  Europe beyond 2020
  5. EO4AGRI Policy Roadmap – concise guidelines for EO in agriculture for CAP post-2020
  6. Q&A

Questionnaire on Adoption of AgriSemantics for Food Security

Dear GODAN Partner,

Dr. Chris Baker from the New Bunswick University and Senior Data Scientist, and machine learning expert Dr. Brett Drury are conducting research on the adoption of AgriSemantics for food security. As part of this research they have developed a questionnaire and need the input of subjects who – like many of GODAN’s partners – work with agricultural data.

Please share the link with your networks, and with anyone you know may be interested in taking part: https://forms.gle/SsiKE2WF8si31aFK7

The results will form part of an upcoming publication on the topic. Find out more below.

Introduction

Agrisemantics allows the meaning of specific concepts in agricultural data to be clearly defined and understood by organisations who consume or produce data in the agricultural supply chain. This can be achieved with publicly available resources such as taxonomies, ontologies and thesauri which when created for agriculture are collectively referred to as Agrisemantics. These resources have been available for at least the last twenty years. The adoption of these resources by the agricultural sector has been limited and at best uneven in quality or performance. This study is designed to understand why the adoption of Agrisemantics is stymied.

Project Aims

The main aim of this project is to gain an understanding of the commonalities of adoption of Agrisemantics of all communities. From these common themes we wish to identify the drivers and roadblocks to the adoption of AgriSemantics in private industry as well as possible blindspots in the current development of publicly available resources. A secondary aim of this study is to publicise Agrisemantics to decision makers. The current COVID crisis has exposed the fragility of Agricultural Supply Chains. Agrisemantics facilities interoperability and has the potential to distribute the risk by allowing the ad-hoc integration of small suppliers into larger supply chain systems. This distribution of risk removes single points of failure in Supply Chains which are created by small numbers of large suppliers. However many decision makers are unaware of this. It is hoped that this study will raise awareness how Agrisemantics can benefit Agricultural companies.

Methodology

The research methodology uses in person interviews and a questionnaire to elicit opinions about:

  1. The adoption of AgriSemantics in private industry and the public sector
  2. The flaws in current AgriSemantic public resources.
  3. How does funding impede or enable AgriSemantic projects
  4. Is there any incentive for knowledge transfer from publicly funded projects to private industry.
  5. Is there any pressure from government agencies to force private industry to adopt standards.
  6. The measurable benefit of semantics resources and technologies to the targeted goals of researchers and business decision makers.

The interview process is a free form interview where the interviewee expresses their opinion about the core themes as well issues that they think is important.

The study is interested with interviewing people with the following profiles:

  1. Individuals who approve funding for AgriSemantic projects
  2. Individuals who have served on committees that set funding criteria for Agriculture
  3. Innovation projects
  4. Technical people who work with data integration on day to day basis
  5. Project Managers
  6. CEOs of AgriBusiness Companies
  7. NGOs who produce publicly available semantic resources
  8. Academics
  9. Technical professionals serving on committees tasked with the development of standards supporting interoperability.
  10. Agribusiness entrepreneurs
  11. Supply chain professionals

Study Outputs

The study aims to produce a high quality policy paper which seeks to influence all levels of the Agrisemantic, and Agricultural communities, and put Agrisemantics front and centre in the current debate about food security and stability of the food supply chain.

Dynamic Visualisations for Analysing Road Accidents and Traffic Conditions

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Modern data analysis often requires special techniques for handling complex data structures. Interactive graphs can provide insights into multivariate datasets by communicating the key aspects in a more intuitive way than isolated bar charts or static maps.

This webinar will present the WebGLayer tool as an enabler of dynamic visualisations that make spatio-temporal patterns, relationships and trends in the underlying data more apparent. Using case studies from Pilsen (CZ) and Flanders (BE) we’ll show how policy makers can use WebGLayer to address local problems such as traffic congestion and road accidents.

Others who might find this event useful include web developers, Open Source enthusiasts, social scientists, journalists and civil society groups interested in exploring social issues through data visualisations.

You will hear from:

Even if you can’t join live, register now and we’ll send you a link to the recorded webcast to watch at your convenience.

PoliRural Newsletter No.3

The PoliRural project has issued the third newsletter from June 2020 with the following content:

  • Population and Rural Attractiveness, a Sample System Dynamics Model by Antoni Oliva Quesada (22sistema)
  • Coronavirus vaccine being developed at MIGAL – Galilee Research Institute, Israel by Prof. Uri Marchaim (MIGAL – Galilee Research Institute)
  • PoliRural Innovation Hub by Petr Uhli (Czech Center for Science and Society)
  • Building Synergies: SHERPA – Rural Science-Society-Policy Interfaces by Roxana Vilcu (Communications Officer for SHERPA)

For full text of the newsletter please go to https://polirural.eu/newsletter/3/.