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/.

EO4AGRI online workshop “Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus for Agriculture”

In Europe, we have two major space based programs, Galileo and Copernicus. Combining the navigation or positioning tools of Galileo and the Earth observation data and services of Copernicus for improved food security and agriculture in general is what we address in this webinar.

Hence, it is obvious that there is a great untapped potential in combining positioning data from Galileo and EGNOS with Earth observation data for agriculture. Additionally, the Covid19 virus is unfortunately not only harming our health, it is also jeopardizing our food security. It is evident that we need to pump up our efforts to combine all the resources and knowledge we have to secure a continued good life, not only for Europeans, but for our entire planet.

Students, researchers, data analytics, participants in European, national and international projects, developers, service and application developers will learn more about Galileo, EGNOS and Earth Observation (Copernicus programme) with our speakers:

  • María-Eva Ramírez works at INECO as GNSS Expert, working as part of SpaceOpal Team at the GSC (European GNSS Service Center) for Galileo Adoption and Market Development, focused mainly on EGNSS Applications on Agriculture and Geomatics domain.
  • Sofía Cilla, works as Service Adoption Manager with the goal of promoting EGNOS usage in the different GNSS user communities (eg. aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture and geomatics) today and those that may come in the future.
  • Joaquin REYES GONZÁLEZ is Market Development Technology Officer at GSA working in the professional high-precision market on EGNOS and Galileo, focused on Agriculture topics.
  • David Kolitzus is a Senior Expert and Project Manager with an IT and a remote sensing expertise at GeoVille.
  • Bente Lilja Bye has been a member of the GEO community since 2004, engaged both as representative in the GEO plenary, in committees and contributing to the GEO Work Programme, and currently represents Norway on the GEO Programme Board. Bente runs a small research and consultancy company, BLB, focusing on transforming Earth observation data to information and knowledge for societal benefit.

Join us using the link below on Tuesday 26th May, 15:00 CEST

Live Webinar on How to Overcome Data Challenges in Transport Policy Making

Live Webinar

How to overcome data challenges in transport policy making? Lessons from the PoliVisu pilots

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sbaLolXgQ6yIyU1xYb6XOQ

In this webinar we’ll discuss various data challenges experienced by cities, with a particular focus on three PoliVisu pilots: Ghent, Flanders and Issy-les-Moulineaux. Representatives of local and regional administrations will speak about the issues they faced and how they addressed them using the PoliVisu solution.

This webinar is open to everyone. That said, people who would find the event especially useful are public sector staff who either work with data directly (analysts, data officers etc.) or depend on it to make informed decisions e.g. department managers, councilors, mayors, CEOs, elected officials.

You will hear from:

Why should I attend?

  • Learn about data challenges that cities in Europe are facing
  • Discover ways to overcome them using best practice from the PoliVisu pilots
  • Find out why PoliVisu was created and how it can help your city make smarter policy decisions
  • Get a sneak peek at other PoliVisu services and future events

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.

Challenge #4: Traffic Modelling from web browser – use case of Františkovy Lázně

Team: Daniel Beran, Jan Blahník, Petr Trnka, Eva Podzimková, Zuzana Soukupová, Jan Sháněl, František Kolovský, Jan Šťastný, Jan Martolos a Karel Jedlička, supported by Polivisu and DUET H2020 projects.

The goal of our team is to demonstrate how interactive traffic modelling can improve traffic planning in any city. The demonstration consists of gathering available data and deploying a Traffic Modeller App of Františkovy Lázně (city of 5K people in Czechia).

Traffic Modeler (TraMod) is a tool for transport modeling developed in collaboration between traffic engineers, IT and GIS specialists. It can be fully implemented in a server environment with an application programming interface (API) for mobile and web applications. This creates an opportunity for a city or a region’s government representatives to test various traffic scenarios within seconds without a need to install and learn how to use desktop traffic modelling software or contacting traffic engineers every time a new roadwork appears in the region.

Our workflow for Dubrovnik Hackathon is as follows:

  • gather sufficient data about traffic network and about simulated traffic generators,
  • calculate the traffic model and import it into a spatial database, where it can be accessed by our traffic modeler.
  • this model will then be used for modeling specific traffic scenarios via traffic modeler’s Application Programming Interface (API) (see the image below)

The final step is to develop a web Graphical User Interface (GUI) similar to one already in action for the PoliVisu pilot city – Pilsen (see the image below or watch a video of TraMod in action). This application allows users to calculate various traffic scenarios (i.e. change free flow speed/capacity of road segment) in near real time via only a web browser with network connection.