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).

AFarCloud – AFarCloud will provide a distributed platform for autonomous farming, which will allow the integration and cooperation of Cyber Physical Systems in real-time for increased agriculture efficiency, productivity, animal health, food quality and reduced farm labour costs. This platform will be integrated with farm management software and will support monitoring and decision-making, based on big data and real time data mining techniques.

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

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