Negotiations on Cooperation with the Pilsen Region on New Projects in Horizon 2020

On Monday 7th October 2019, there was a meeting between some of the Plan4all members and the Pilsen Region. The aim of this meeting was to introduce the Plan4all association and its activities done via its members and to discuss potential calls in Horizon 2020 next year where Pilsen Region could play a role. The Plan4all members included the University of West Bohemia, Help Service and Remote Sensing, Czech Centre for Science and Society, WirelessInfo and Úhlava o.p.s.

Member’s presentations were divided into three sections:

1. Transport and infrastructure
2. Regional development and education
3. Climate changes, agricultural applications, sensors and innovation hubs.

From the transport and infrastructure section there was presented the Traffic Modeller – an output of the PoliVisu project. Help Service and Remote
Sensing introduced The Application for Transport Services of the Liberec Region
IDOL and optical fibre management system.

In the section devoted to regional development and education, the Peregrinus Silva Bohemica project was presented including the partners involved in this project – the University of West Bohemia, Úhlava o.p.s. and Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

WirelessInfo introduced themselves through the work on the projects related to food economy: SKIN (Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network), ENABLING (Enhance New Approaches in BioBased Local Innovation Networks for Growth) and the Liverur project that identifies living labs as innovative business models that are currently being developed in rural areas. The solution for selling farm products was presented and a cooperation with the Pilsen Region was discussed. The PoliRural project was also presented in this section.

The last section was dedicated to projects including EUXDAT, DataBio and AFarCloud with the focus on sensor technologies. Last part was dedicated to Innovation hubs and the SmartAgriHubs project.

The meeting was concluded with a discussion about possible implementation of results in the Pilsen Region and about cooperation on potential future projects in the frame of H2020.


Knowledge management for Agriculture – A Targeted Side Event at GEO Week 2019

Plan4all is co-organizing one of the targeted side events at the GEO week 2019 in Canberra, Australia, 4. – 8. November 2019. The side event is based on an ongoing work on a white paper addressing a number of challenges related to the use of Earth observation for development of knowledge for the agriculture sector. The process is open and organized by GEOGLAM, the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative, GODAN, the H2020 project EO4Agri, and Plan4all.  The first draft white paper will be further discussed at the targeted side event and you are invited to contribute both by attending the event in Canberra on Monday 4th November or remotely. More details will be included in updates of this article and in our social media channels. See Agenda below.


Agriculture communities around the globe produce massive amounts of information and  knowledge based on/related to Earth observations. The Earth observation data, IoT data, derived data products and aggregated information and knowledge come in a variety of forms, different formats and often they are the product of projects of limited duration. These projects are generally the engine that drives innovation and the development of operational solutions for agricultural monitoring. In order to maximize the impact of our collective investments in research to operations, the results and outcomes of these efforts need to be stored, harmonized and sustained and made openly accessible for the future. At present we can see that when project, programmes and initiatives stop, their results, data and tools are difficult or even impossible to retrieve and re-use. As well much of this information is in the form of peer-reviewed (P-R) papers. A knowledge management system is required in order to ensure the communities intellectual productivity is curated, managed and made accessible for the long term. We also note the knowledge management is core to the concept of a results oriented GEOSS being deliberated during the GEO Plenary. The time is right for the agricultural community to make progress in this area, and in response we are proposing a Targeted session during GEO Week to move it forward. 

Fortunately, the agricultural community is well aware of the need for more systematic approach to knowledge management and there are a number of initiatives working to address the need (e.g. GEO, EO4Agri, GEOGLAM, GODAN, Plan4all). To date these efforts are to some extent happening in an ad hoc and uncoordinated fashion. In this side event we will discuss how knowledge management is being addressed by a number of key actors, and look at ways the community can work together to leverage efforts towards the development of a common approach. It is intended that the session will develop consensus-based actions to move towards a common knowledge management solution.

A knowledge management system will need to address topics ranging across the research to operations continuum, including data interoperability issues, documentation of algorithms, code, processes, scientific papers (doi) to visualization and story telling. We will also discuss how the knowledge can be transferred for practical use through capacity development measures like hackathons, datathons, ideathons, and innovation hubs.

The session will be threefold:

i) Presentations of existing efforts and
ii) discussion of how these efforts can be synced to create a more comprehensive knowledge system for agriculture supporting result oriented use of Earth observations. iii) Development of consensus around tangible actions to move the collaboration forward.

A white paper outlining possible avenues to create such a knowledge system will be issued before the session (look here for the link).

Expected outcome: a consolidated draft embryo knowledge management system for agriculture and a strategy for capacity building activities for knowledge transfer.

Targeted Side Events

GEO Week 2019 – Canberra – Monday 4th November 2019 09:00 AEST, Room Derwent


09:00 Welcome – short intro of white paper

09:05 DEMO of the GEO Knowledge Hub for GEOGLAM

Ian Jarvis, GEO Sec, GEOGLAM

09:20 EO4Agri: Towards a knowledge hub for agriculture

David Kolitzus, GeoVille

09:30 How  GEO(GEOGLAM), GODAN, Agriculture DWG of OGC and IGAD RDA, EO4AGRI, NextGEOSS can cooperate on Agriculture Interoperability

Karel Charvat, Plan4all

09:40 Ethical framework for Open Data in Agriculture and capacity development

Foteini Zampati, GODAN

09:50 Hackathons as an engagement and capacity building tool

Bente Lilja Bye, Plan4all

09:55 White paper continued

10:00 End of the event

EOSC Services, collaborations and the RDA Plenary 14 Side event

The event provides a discussion forum for all five European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) cluster projects, RDA Working and Interest Groups, European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) representatives on our journey to EOSC.  During this event we’ll be focusing on the technical, social and governance issues we all face. What can we learn from each other and take back to the data communities we serve?

Main points of discussion

  • Defining ESFRI cluster commonalities
  • Leveraging RDA building blocks
  • Data services
  • Connecting to research communities
  • Governance and how to connect to EOSC
  • Collaborations 
  • Research data policies and standards
  • Research data management and stewardship
  • FAIR data sharing and publishing domain data in the EOSC 
  • FAIR tools and services, exposed in the EOSC catalogue of services

More information about the event you can find here.

Presentations from AgroFutureDay are currently available

Last week, EO4Agri Stakeholder Workshop AgroFutureDay organized by Plan4All was held in Pilsen, where many interensting presentations were seen.

Now, you can watch all of them!

Miguel Ángel Esbrí – EO4AGRI Porject Overview
Vaclav Safar – Initial Workshop – User Requirements, AgroFood Industry Sector requirements
Aušrius Kučinskas – CAP requirements
Dr. David Kolitzus – Towards a Knowledge Hub on Earth Observation for Agriculture, User Driven Requirements, It’s all about agriculture, Elements of the Knowledge Hub, Community building, connecting the dots
Karel Charvát – Food Security
Karel Charvát – Methodology for collecting user requirements
Karel Charvát – Food Security
Karel Charvát, Tomáš Řezník, Raul Palma, Vojtech Lukas – From FOODIE towards DataBio
Patric Crehan, Karel Charvát, Václav Šafář, Plan4all, Club of Ossiach, WirelessIngo – Methodology for collecting user requirements
Vaclav Safar – Status of tasks T2.2, T2.3, T2.4 and T2.5
Karel Jedlička – WP 2 Requirements and e-Infractructure Definition
Karel Charvát – The knowledge paradigm

EO4AGRI Stakeholder Workshop AgroFutureDay in Pilsen (CZ)

EO4Agri Stakeholder Workshop AgroFutureDay organized by Plan4All was held in Pilsen on 25th September. The workshop dedicated to agriculture and its requirements for Earth Observation data in the near future was successful in all respects.

We would like to thank all participants cordially for many interesting presentations, for the oportunity to discuss and share experiece with the European Union’s common agricultural policy and last but not least for finding the conclusions that will be reflected in the recommendations for data and services in Earth Observation and in the next generation of the Sentinel satelites.

IGAD pre-conference meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA Recommendations: Implementing Good Practices in Agriculture

On behalf of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD), we have been invited to the IGAD pre-conference meeting focusing on IGAD/RDA Recommendations: Implementing Good Practices in Agriculture,
that will be held on 22nd October 2019, in Helsinki, Finland.

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 RDA recommendations and good practices with regard
to Agricultural Data Interoperability

Karel Charvát will contribute with the presentation focusing on How Agriculture DWG of OGC and IGAD RDA can cooperate on Agriculture Interoperability.

The event will take place during the RDA 14th Plenary – Data Makes the Difference, taking place from 23 to 25 October 2019.

Webinar on Data & Innovation Hubs, Platforms, and APIs for Earth Observations

In this free webinar, developers, satellite and in-situ data users, and Earth observation experts will be introduced to a number of different APIs including OpenSearch API for NextGEOSS Data Hub and Platform, the Mundi Platform, and the Digital Innovation Hub for Agriculture APIs. Finally, you will learn about the INSPIRE hackathon and how you can join the community.

Webinar on Climate & Agriculture

In this free webinar, developers, satellite and in-situ data users, agricultural and climate experts will be introduced to Copernicus open data for agriculture. A private data and information provider, meteoblue, offers an unique free and open possibility to access their resources for climate and agriculture. You will also learn about an inspirational example of how you can use climate information for optimizing agricultural production. Finally, you will learn about the INSPIRE hackathon and how you can join the community.

2 Webinars Dedicated to the Pilsen INSPIRE Hackathon 2019

As usual, there will be free webinars introducing the topics and challenges of the upcoming satellite INSPIRE Hackathon in Pilsen.

Webinar on Climate & Agriculture on 11th September 2019 at 2pm CEST:

Webinar on Data & Innovation Hubs, Platforms, and APIs for Earth Observations on 12th September 2019 at 2pm CEST: