Prague INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 – Second Stage

We are ready to start the second part of Prague INSPIRE Hackathon – the so-called remote stage. You are invited to join the Prague INSPIRE hackathon. This stage is as indicated happening remotely (online, virtually, in cyber space).  We have identified a set of challenges that you are encouraged to answer or contribute to solve during this remote stage of the hackathon commencing on 2nd December 2019 and ending 12th January 2020. See our inspiring challenges and how to join below. The final stage* of the hackathon will take place in Prague on 27 – 29 January 2020.  

The goal of the Prague  INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is to promote utilisation of digital innovation hubs in agriculture and transport.

For more details about registration and challenges, please go to

Results of San Juan INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

San Juan Hackathon winning ceremony

The #SanJuanINSPIREHackathon is over. All the teams did excellent work! The jury was impressed and it was really hard to evaluate the projects and select the winner.

Finally, the results are:

  • 1st place – Agrohacks
  • 2nd place – Cammalot
  • 3rd place (with the equal score) – Equipo INAUT & P.G.I.C.H
  • 4th place – Remote Sensing UNSJ Argentina

Final presentations of the team’s projects follow.


Down To Earth ~ a tool alerting farmers about forecasted severe weather conditions


Forecast enhancement with weather station data

Prezi prezentation

Equipo INAUT

Application for reduction of agrochemicals in crops


Water and temperatures analysis for wine production


Remote sensing data for agriculture

Agriculture Workshops during 113th OGC TC

During next OGC Technical Committee meeting in Toulouse France there are planned two workshops related to Agriculture organized by Agriculture DWG:

Workshop dedicated to AgriSemantic – November 19th10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (Salle Diamant) 

Indicative program:

  1. Raul Palma (PSNC) – Talk about Linked Data involving hybrid services in agriculture (from CYBELE)
  2. Daniel Martini, Katharina Albrecht (KTBL) – Towards semantic approaches in geospatial data modeling and standards: Case studies in the agricultural domain in Germany
  3. Martin Klopfer (OGC Europe) – Semantic data sharing in DEMETER
  4. Karel Charvat (Plan4all) – Semantic metadata for agriculture?

You can also access the workshop online on

Workshop dedicated to Earth Observation (EO) for Agriculture NeedsNovember 19th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Salle Diamant)

Indicative program:

  1. Laurent Clergue (ATOS) – Potentials of the DIAS to increase the modeling of agriculture: the Mundi example
  2. Stephan Meißl (EOX) – EO4AGRI work in Task 3.5 (ICT support for Agri Monitoring, in particular DIAS utilization).
  3. Peter Baumann (Rasdaman) – OGC WCPS for Agricultural Datacube Analytics
  4. Raul Palma (PSNC) – Exposing ESA catalogues as Linked Data (Databio)
  5. Nino Pace (Space, Defence and Intelligence CGI Italy s.r.l ) – ESA Food Security TEP
  6. Karel Charvat (Plan4all) – Yield potential for agriculture

You can also access the workshop online on

RDA Europe is offering up to 12 grants designed to support participation to the 15th RDA Plenary meeting

Research Data Alliance just launched their final RDA EU 4.0 round of Open Calls for the Early Career and Expert grants designed to support participation to the 15th RDA Plenary in Melbourne, Australia.

Call for Early Career Researchers and Scientists working with Data –

RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from higher education or research institutions  with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €2400. The RDA Europe Early Career programme provides financial support as well as an opportunity for early career researchers working with data to share ideas, experiences and practical advice, and learn what leading data scientists and practitioners in their fields are currently working on.

Call for Researchers and Data Experts –

The purpose of the expert grants is to encourage and support participation of individuals who have a strong interest in RDA, and are drivers or adopters of the RDA outputs to enable data sharing by or from their project or organization. If you are a mid-career or senior data professional or scientist, interested or already committed to RDA activities you can apply for one of five grants of maximum €2400 to support your participation to the 15th Plenary meeting.

The submission deadline for both is the 3rd of February 2020, 17:00 CET.

RDA Europe aims for balanced distribution of grants across all European regions and strongly encourages applicants from EU13 countries in this final call for Early Careers and Experts available under the RDA Europe 4.0 project. EU13 countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Call for Digital Innovation Hubs

Plan4all in cooperation with other organisations and H2020 projects is organising the Prague INSPIRE Hackathon 2020.

The hackathon is currently in its first stage our of three. In the first stage, we are looking for Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) that could serve as platforms for hackathon participants in the second and third stages of the hackathon.

The call for Digital Innovation Hubs is open until 20th November 2019. The registration of the DIHs includes a submission of up to 3 challenges that should be tackled by hackathon participatns.

Please use the following link to register your DIH and relevant challenges:


DataBio final stakeholder event

Data-driven Bioeconomy: from Field to Fork
12th of December 2019 at the Polyfunctional theatre ANCHE CINEMA (
Corso Italia, 112, 70123 Bari (BA), Italy.

The event is promoted by DataBio, the largest H2020 project working on Big Data and Bioeconomy to improve bioeconomy, supporting the development and delivery of novel services and technologies in Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry.

DataBio is a lighthouse project focused on bioeconomy and driven by the development, use and evaluation of 26 pilots covering agriculture (13), forestry (7) and fishery (6). The pilots aim to contribute to the production of the best possible raw materials from the 3 sectors to improve the output of food, energy and biomaterials, responsibly and sustainably.

During the DataBio final stakeholder event you will be able to join:

  • Networking coffee and city visit – to find potential partners and customers for developing your own project ideas and business
  • Presentation of the project DataBio, in terms of: Project big picture, Platform and Pilots presentation, main results with focus on Agriculture Pilot scenarios
  • Networking with other EU projects in the bioeconomy domain, sponsoring the event: DEMETER (GA n°720714), KARMA2020 (GA n°723268), BIOPEN (GA n°745719)
  • Open discussions to provide your feedback and inputs, directing tools and services development during the project.

The event represent an excellent opportunity to enjoy one of the oldest Italian cities, while establishing business relationships and join Big EU funded projects to support your business.

Event agenda

10:30Event registration and coffee break
11:00 – 11:15Welcome & AgendaRoberto Russo (CiaoTech/PNO)
11:15 – 11:30Project big picture and main resultsThanasis Poulakidas (Intrasoft)
11:30 – 11:45Platform presentationCaj Södergård (VTT)
11:45 – 12:00Agriculture pilotsKarel Charvat (Lesprojekt)
12:00 – 12:30Panel Debate: bioeconomy scenariosEphrem Habyarimana (CREA)
12:30 – 14:00DataBio tasting experience by Gambero Rosso: local cuisine with excellent local products selected according to criteria of high quality, typicality / biodiversity.
14:00 – 18:00Guided tour
▪ Basilica of San Nicola
▪ Museo Nicolaiano
▪ alleys of the old town
stops at small shops where typical local dishes are prepared
18:00Final show cooking and tasting experience by Gambero Rosso Academy chefs, the world’s authority on Italian food, wine and travel. Food pairings with local wines by Gambero Rosso sommeliers

more information:

Presentations available for IGAD Meeting during RDA 14th Plenary!

Those of you who missed the 13th Agricultural Data Interest Group Meeting, that focused on IGAD/RDA Recommendations: Implementing Good Practices in Agriculture, will be happy to know that presentations held at IGAD this year have been already published on F1000 Research.

Report on IGAD pre-conference meeting in Helsinki

On Tuesday 22nd October 2019, IGAD meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA Recommendations: Implementing Good Practices in Agriculture was held in Helsinki as a pre-conferrence to the RDA 14th Plenary – Data Makes the Difference.

Agriculture domain experts, researchers, data managers, data mining experts, policy makers on data management in agriculture, IT specialists, software developers and many other stakeholders involved in managing data for agricultural research and innovation came together and shared their experineces. Plan4all also took part at this event and we are very pleased to give you a brief report on this meeting.

At the beginning of this meeting, there was a brainstorming exercise, where participants were asked to answer the following questions:

Who are your stakeholders?
What are the most important activities for agricultural data?
What are the top three barriers to your work?

The responses to the above questions became the cornerstone of one of the breakout sessions, which took place on Wednesday 23rd October during the RDA 14th Plenary. Based on those responses, the establishment of new possible RDA working groups on agriculture was discussed during this breakout session.

Next part of this proceeding was dedicated to presentations. There are many challenges when it comes to agricultural data, hence the presentations were divided into 4 sessions:

1) Urgent needs for agricultural data
2) Agricultural standards and semantics
3) Implementing FAIR principles
4) Changing agricultural data management culture

Mostly in developing countries, smallholder farmers are not harnessing the power of data and must overcome challenges and risks to ensure that investments benefit them. It is important that developed digital solutions are desingend to be avalabe to all farming communities to maximize their potential, especailly in countries with very low literacy level and limited knowledge of digital technologies. In the first section dedicated to a topic called Urgent need for agricultural data were presented ideas how to bridge digital divide in agriculture by bringing together various stakeholders globally. 

Secondly, the big problem for data in general is a heterogenity and low level of standards usage especially for agricultural data. In fact, there is a large number of standardisation efforts. However, these efforts are usually unsynchronised among different initiatives. The problem of agricultural standards were discussed in the second part of presentation session, where Karel Charvát also contributed with an overview of how standardisation efforts of OGC and IGAD could be synchronised.
Another presentation of the second section was dedicated to introduction of recommendations produced by the  RDA Agrisemantics working group and illustration of plans for their maintenance and extension.  

In the third section dedicated to FAIR principles, there was presented a GO FAIR Food Systems Implementation Network with the purpose to support the implementation of FAIR principles in agri-food sciences, in providing guidlines, tools, methods with specific efforts towards achieving semantic interoperability.
In addition, the GLTEN Metadata Portal with the aim of establishing a collaborative international network for long-term agricultural experiments was introduced. As well as COPO was introduced as a system enabling scientists to decribe data and research objects using community-sectioned metadata and to share them with the wider scientific community. Last but not least, there was presented Grassroots Infrastructure as a part of the Wheat Information System.

The last section dealt with the topic of changing agricultural data management culture. In this section, effective open data use in agriculture and nutrition, outcomes, lessons and recommendations from GODAN action were presented.

All presentations will be available soon!

San Juan INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

San Juan INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

Making climate-related decisions using relevant data

The aim of this hackathon is to leverage a combination of sensors, climatic services, and Earth Observation data in agriculture.

The San Juan INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is one of the satellite INSPIRE hackathons. The hackathon is second DataBio and the first EUXDAT hackathon held outside the EU, also other EU projects are involved, namely: AgriClima, NextGEOSS, EO4Agri AFarCloud and Stargate.

The hackathon is a collaborative event organized by the University of West Bohemia, National University of San Juan, Lesprojekt, WirelessInfo and Plan4all.

Provided data, tools and other infrastructure

The registered teams will be provided with three preprocessed data sets from the surroundings of San Juan:

  • Climatic data downloaded from Copernicus Climate Data Store, namely ERA 5-Land data.
  • Digital Elevation Model downloaded from SRTM, resp. the source OF DEM is ALOS Global Digital Surface Model called AW3D30 – For more information see (registration needed for downloading data).
  • Sensor data of soil water potential, soil temperature, air temperature air humidity, from period 2016/01/26 – 2017/03/13. See a gpx file for the localization of the sensors and details about the measured quantities.

Moreover, the teams will get access to EUXDAT online platform allowing python coding together with access to the provided data (detailed information will follow.

Additionally to the data and the platform, the teams will be provided by inspiration of what can be achieved by the use of climatic data combined with sensor and elevation data by showing:

There will be a room with internet access available. However, teams are supposed to bring their own hardware.


The teams will be then challenged to follow the basic experiment described or/and to invent their own way of potential usage of the provided data and tools.

All of the following types of outcomes are acceptable as hackathon results:

  • concept of what can be achieved with the data
  • basic algorithm description
  • working prototype

All presented hackathon results will be then evaluated by the expert jury and the first three teams will be awarded:

  • 1st prize – USD 200
  • 2nd prize – USD 100
  • 3rd prize – USD 50



In order to participate in the hackathon, please register your team here. Please note that the expected team size is 2-6 persons. Each team should have a name (to distinguish among teams) and a contact person who will communicate with the organizers.


The hackathon takes place in the Sala Azul on the second floor of Rector’s Building of the National University of San Juan, Bartolomé Mitre 396 – Este – capital San Juan.

Preliminary timeline

The hackathon run from Tuesday 19.11.2019 to Friday 22.11.2019. Please note that the following details still can be a subject of change:

  • Tuesday morning:
    • 8:30 – 8:55 ~ registration of teams
    • 9:00 – 9:30 ~ hackathon opening
    • 9:30 – 10:00 ~ detailed information of the hackathon organization, including initial information about the hackathon topic, including a description of data to be used + platform, which can be used
    • 10:00 – 11:00 ~ team’s introduction (3-5 min for each team, no presentation needed – please focus on the description of your initial idea). 
  • Tuesday afternoon – Friday morning
    • hacking, ad hoc consultations.
  • Friday afternoon
    • 14:00 – 15:30 ~ Presentation of results (each team has 10 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for Q&A  
    • 15:30 – 16:00 ~ Evaluation of the teams by jury
    • 16:00 – 16:30 ~ Awarding and closing ceremony


DataBio ( – The data intensive target sector selected for the DataBio project is the Data-Driven Bioeconomy, focusing in production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials taking into account also various responsibility and sustainability issues. DataBio proposes to deploy a state of the art, big data platform “on top of the existing partners” infrastructure and solutions – the Big DATABIO Platform. The work will be continuous cooperation of experts from end user and technology provider companies, from bioeconomy and technology research institutes, and of other partners. In the pilots also associated partners and other stakeholders will be actively involved. The selected pilots and concepts will be transformed to pilot implementations utilizing co-innovative methods and tools where the bioeconomy sector end user experts and other stakeholders will give input to the user and sector domain understanding for the requirements specifications for ICT, Big Data and Earth Observation experts and for other solution providers in the consortium.

EUXDAT – (  proposes an e-Infrastructure, which addresses agriculture, land monitoring and energy efficiency for a sustainable development, as a way to support planning policies. In order to do so, we need to address the problems related to the current and future huge amount of heterogeneous data to be managed and processed. EUXDAT builds on existing mature components for solving them, by providing an advanced frontend, where users will develop applications on top of an infrastructure based on HPC and Cloud. The frontend provides monitoring information, visualization, different parallelized data analytic tools and enhanced data and processes catalogues, enabling Large Data Analytics-as-a-Service. EUXDAT will include a large set of data connectors (UAVs, Copernicus, field sensors, etc.), for scalable analytics. As for the brokering infrastructure, EUXDAT aims at optimizing data and resources usage. In addition to a mechanism for supporting data management linked to data quality evaluation, EUXDAT proposes a way to orchestrate tasks execution, identifying whether the best target is a HPC center or a Cloud provider. It will use monitoring and profiling information for taking decisions based on trade-offs related to cost, data constraints, efficiency and resources availability. During the project, EUXDAT will be in contact with scientific communities, in order to identify new trends and datasets, for guiding the evolution of the e-Infrastructure. The final result of the project will be and integrated e-Infrastructure which will encourage end users to create new applications for sustainable development.

NextGEOSS ( –  

The NextGEOSS project, a European contribution to GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems), is developing the next generation centralised European data hub and cloud platform for Earth Observation data, where the users can connect to access data and deploy Earth observation based applications. The concept revolves around providing the data and resources to the user communities, together with cloud resources, seamlessly connected to provide an integrated ecosystem for supporting applications.  A central component of NextGEOSS is the strong emphasis put on engaging the communities of providers and users, and bridging the space in between.

EO4Agri – (

The main objective of EO4AGRI is to catalyze the evolution of the European capacity for improving operational agriculture monitoring from local to global levels based on  information derived from Copernicus satellite observation data and through exploitation of associated geospatial and socio-economic information services. EO4AGRI assists the implementation of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with special attention to the CAP2020 reform, to requirements of Paying Agencies, and for the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) processes. EO4AGRI works with farmers, farmer associations and agro-food industry on specifications of data-driven farming services with focus on increasing the utilization of EC investments into Copernicus Data and Information Services (DIAS). EO4AGRI addresses global food security challenges coordinated within the G20 Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative (GEOGLAM) capitalizing on Copernicus Open Data as input to the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEW-NET). EO4AGRI assesses information about land-use and agricultural service needs and offers to financial investors and insurances and the potential added value of fueling those services with Copernicus information. The EO4AGRI team consists of 11 organizations, complementary in their roles and expertise, covering a good part of the value-chain with a significant relevant networking capital as documented in numerous project affiliations and the formal support declarations collected for EO4AGRI. All partners show large records of activities either in Copernicus RTD, governmental functions, or downstream service operations. The Coordinator of EO4AGRI is a major industrial player with proven capacities to lead H2020 projects. The EO4AGRI project methodology is a combination of community building; service gap analysis; technology watch; strategic research agenda design and policy recommendations; dissemination (incl. organization of hackathons).

Call for presentations for Agriculture Sessions during next OGC TC meeting

During next OGC Technical Committee meeting in Toulouse France there are planned two sessions related to Agriculture:

  • Agrisemantic – November 19th, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (Salle Diamant)
  • Earths Observation for Agriculture Needs – November 19th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Salle Diamant)

Click here to see tentative agenda of the meeting.

This is a call for presentations for both sessions, preferably personal presentations, in expectational cases remote presentations. If you have potential interest, please contact Karel Charvat on email and Sarka Horakova on email