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: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-global-adoption-week-15-19-june-2020

Dynamic Visualisations for Analysing Road Accidents and Traffic Conditions


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.

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  https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/329153333


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.

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: 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:  https://plan4all.lpages.co/cap-area-monitoring-platforms-copernicus/


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!

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

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 https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-Ctpj4jHN2aUsyLuGWEHixvTrsYKoU2


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA : Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues, which was set to be held in Rome (Italy) in April 2020 will now take place as a virtual meeting from May 25 to 28.  The virtual meeting will provide an online platform to continue to build upon collaborations, knowledge sharing and developing innovations with activities including panel sessions, group discussions and presentations. 


The registration is now open. The full schedule of presentations and registration links for the virtual meeting are available here. Each day has one or two sessions – one in the morning and another one in the afternoon Central European Summer Time (CEST) – with 60 to 90 minutes of presentations. There are  individual registration links for each virtual session. Interested participants are encouraged to register for multiple days based on interests and needs. 

The full schedule of presentations and registration links for the week long virtual meeting are available in this document.

The virtual event will include the following sessions:

  • Keynote 16:00 to 17:00 CEST – Register 
  • Semantics. 16:00 to 17:30 CEST – Register
  • Europe/Asia. 10:00 to 11:45 CEST – Register
  • Americas (draft, last details will follow this afternoon) 16:00  to 17:30 CEST – Register
  • Africa. 10:00 to 11:30 CEST – Register
  • Closure session. 16:00 to 17:00 CEST – Register

If you have any comment or suggestion please write to us at AIMS@fao.org.

About IGAD

One of IGAD’s main roles is to serve as a platform that leads to the creation of domain-specific Working Groups. To date, successful Working Groups (WGs) have been formed under IGAD, these are: Wheat Data Interoperability, Rice Data Interoperability, AgriSemantics and Capacity Development for Agricultural Data WGs. The groups play a key role in delivering Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) recommendations and good practices with regard to Agricultural Data Interoperability. Formed in 2013, since its inception the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) has grown in community strength to over 200 members, becoming one of the RDA’s most prominent Thematic Groups.

Co-chairs of the Interest Group on Agriculture Data (IGAD), for the IGAD Task Force 2020:

Patricia Rocha Bello Bertin (EMBRAPA, Brazil)
Cynthia Parr (National Agricultural Library. USDA Agricultural Research Service, US)
Imma Subirats Coll (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy)