Questionnaire – Food Production and Food Safety

Dear farmers, experts of agro-food industry and all of you who participate in food production

As a result of your work, we have on our table milk, cheese and ham with eggs every day. Please help us to fill in this questionnaire in order to propose to the European Commission a strategy how to improve the use of Earth observation (EO) data for the benefit of you and all of us.

Our research team consisting of 11 organizations from seven EU countries. More details can be found at

We would be grateful if you could spend 10 minutes of your time to fill in this questionnaire and we will try to improve the quality of information for food production and food safety in the near future.

Thank you in advance for completing the questionnaire

Karel Charvát, Václav Šafář, Miguel Ángel Esbri

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European Big Data Value Forum 2019

European Big Data Value Forum

We are happy to inform you that you can already register to the European Big Data Value Forum 2019 ( that will take place from 14 to 16 of October in Helsinki (Finland). You can check the entry fees here:, and get your tickets hereEarly bird tickets are available until the 26th of July.

The European Big Data Value Forum is the flagship event of the European Big Data community. Around the theme “Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Transforming Business and Society”, the edition of this year, jointly organized by the BDVA, the EC and VTT, is aimed to attract more than 600 participants, including relevant European industry players, policy makers and research community. You cannot miss it!

Programme of the Agriculture DWG Meeting in Leuven

Programme of the Agriculture DWG meeting at the OGC meeting in Leuven

Date: 24th June 2019

13 00 – 14 30

  • Karel Charvat (Plan4all) – Meeting introduction 5 minutes
  • Fabien Castle (Atos Fr)– EUXDAT – cloud and HPC solution for Agriculture 10 minutes
  • Gerhard Triebnig  (EOX)– EO4Agri – Bringing together the knowledge  for better Agriculture Monitoring 10 minutes
  • Karel Charvat (Plan4all)  – From sharing services to sharing maps 10 minutes
  • Jorge de Jesus,  Bas Kempen (ISRIC) – Soil data interoperability (based on WFS 3.0 and Linked Data) in the context of establishing a Global Soil Information System 10 minutesT
  • Tomas Reznik (Masaryk University) – SIEUSOIL 5 minute
  • Raul Palma (PSNC) – FOODIE Ontology and its role in CYBELE/DATABIO 10 minutes
  • Tomas Reznik (Help Service Remote Sensing) – Discovery of Geospatial Datasets by Mainstream Searching Engines: Get Your Data Visible at Google 10 minutes
  • Ingo Simonis (OGC Europe) – DEMETER 10 minutes
  • Bruce Simons, Andrew MacLeod, Peter Dahlhaus – AgReFed – A federated agricultural research data community 10 minutes

14 45 – 16 15

  • Ivo Senner (Fraunhofer Institute) – Advance visualization of Big Data 10 minutes
  • Jeron Dries (Vito) – Vito solutions 10 minutes
  • Sudip Kumar Pal,  Seppo Huurinainen (WOODIS) – Field Data Collection  (TBC) 10 minutes
  • Vik Vandecaveye  (CEMA)– ISOBUS and machinery standards 10 minutes
  • TBC Ben Schaap (GODAN) – Open Data for Food and Nutrian
  • ●        Discussion  about cooperation and future OGC Precision Farming Testbed 40 minutes

TEAM 4: Sharing Maps as Intelligent Objects

This is the team no. 4 for the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019.

Team mentors: Jan Vrobel, Simon Leitgeb, Raitis Berzins

Description: Today we propose to you the idea that “maps” are interesting not only as visualizations of Agriculture  data capturing — but as shareable, fascinating and valuable Agriculture objects in themselves. Once, a map used to be an expensive rolled up scroll of calves skin that was drawn by a skilled artist from the manuscripts of daring sea-farers in the great age of discovery. Later, maps were produced by less picturesque but more efficient means – until the advent of the GIS age when a lot of people who previously couldn’t suddenly could make professional LOOKING maps. Nowadays, a map is not a “flat image” but a complex layered object that references data sources ‘scattered’ across a decentralized, democratic and at times volatile Internet.

Our needs are many — and very different — but so are our skill sets; thus offering everyone sophisticated GIS tools capable of making their own maps is not a likely path to ‘happy forever after. It is often simpler, better and more effective to simply give them a “map”.

There currently exists hundreds of services offering spatial information through real-time interactive protocols such as WMS and WFS etc. Soon, if member states and signatories to INSPIRE do as they are legally obliged, this number will be thousands — ten thousands.

The fact that a map is a composite object referring to a lot of live data sources around the net, require the existence of a “Map Composition” standard that describes the elements that constitute a map and how they should be combined to fit together neatly.

An early effort by the OGC was the Web Map Context specification that has not evolved since 2005. This little bit ‘heavyweight’ XML-based standard is limited in scope and has not evolved with the developments in standards and technology in the  years that have passed since its creation. Recently the three European Community funded projects SDI4Apps, Foodie and OTN have started the work of defining a simple, lightweight specification for Map Compositions using HTML5- and bandwidth friendly JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) as a carrier of information.

The current specification of the JSON Map Composition is available on the GitHub Wiki of HSLayers NG.

Initially Concept of Map Composition was supported by HSlayers NG. During Prague INSPIRE Hackathon were implemented pilot  Environmental Atlas of the Liberec Region in QGIS, where for QGIS was developed plugin, which support access to map compositions from server. This development now continue and QGIS is now also able to publish Maps on Web.

We would like to test this approach in different cases during this hackathon. The goal is to connect desktop and web GIS.

Team 3: Sensor Data Visualisation

This is the team no. 3 for the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019.

Team mentors: Michal Kepka, Raitis Berzins

Description: The aim of this team is to test visualisation frameworks for sensor data. Sensor data are important part of spatial data. Effective and interactive visualisation of such data in the form of charts, maps and tables brings more information to users. There are plenty of chart libraries for sensor data in different level of interactivity and development freedom. During this hackathon we would like to test a visualisation grammar – Vega, that is declarative language for creating, saving, and sharing interactive visualisation designs. With connection to SensLog we will test visualisation of sensor data produced by different types of agrometeo sensors.

TEAM 2: Agriculture Plastics in the fields of Finland

This is the team no. 2 for the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019.

Team mentors: Jiri Kvapil, Karel Charvat, Tuula Löytty

Project description:

  1. Exploit Earth Observation data to gain accurate and up-to-date information of number of bales in the fields  The reference data is here (link).  
  1. Demonstrate  how to visualize the bale film usage on the fields in Päijät-Häme, Finland. Each bale takes about 70 m of film.The ‘standard” bale is  750mm x 1500mm rolls but there is variation. The thickness of the plastic film is  25‑30 µm. There are 4-8 layers. Film weight/bale varies from 500-1700 g. The output can be used for example to estimate the market size of bale wrapping films in a region.
  1. The third task is to map the different kinds of agriculture plastic films such as the covering films and nets for greenhouse, low or medium tunnel, soil mulching and solarisation films, irrigation and drainage pipes.

The background:

More than 80% of plastics found in marine environments has been produced, consumed and disposed of on land. In addition to inadequate end-of-life treatment of plastic waste, plastics reaches our soils through increasing use for agricultural purposes. According to APE-Europe about 750 000 tn of agriculture plastics and films is delivered to the farms annually. The image on the right performs the use in European countries annually.

The treatment of the Agriculture Plastic Waste (APW) has two main phases:  1) the plastic waste collection from the farms and 2) recycle to granules. In most European countries the collection rate is about 20-50 %. In Finland it’s 20%.  Due to the lack of coverage and functioning collecting system, the farmers dump APW to landfill, burn it at farm and cause emissions, bury it on soil or just stock the plastics on farm. The farmers want to act in a responsible manner, but the missing part is the collecting system. By continuing this manner, we waste valuable raw-material and cause damage on soil, air and seas.  The goal is to collect 100 % of the APW by 2030.

In order to reserve adequate, but not excess, facilities, machinery and man resources for collecting APW,  it’s necessary to have accurate and up-to-date information of the used agriculture plastics on the farms. The agriculture plastics distributors have some information, but there are gaps and it can lead to wrong assumptions.

Plan4all Prize for the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019

Plan4all will sponsor a trip of up to 3 people to participate at the Pilsen INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 (23-24 September 2019) in the Czech Republic.

This special prize will be awarded by the Plan4all association at the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019 (2-4 July 2019) to students or entrepreneurs that will be using for their hackathon projects some of the Plan4all open datasets or technologies including SensLog, WebGLayer and HSLayers NG.

TEAM 1: Management of the HSLayers Architecture

This is a short desctription of the team no 1 of the Patras DataBio Hackathon 2019 that aims to define an architecture of the software for spatial data visualisation of HSLayers – with consideration of agriculture applications.

Team members: Šimon Leitgeb, Raitis Berzins, František Zadražil, Filip Leitner, Marek Šplíchal

Project description: Discuss and agree on the culture of HSLayers development. Refactoring of HSLayers and development of specific reusable components like:

  • Loading vector layers to map
  • Conversion of SHP file to GeoJSON
  • Displaying of attribute table with the ability to edit