The latest issue of the IIASA Options Magazine features citizen science and provides insight into the work of the Earth Observation Systems (EOS) group at IIASA, led by Steffen Fritz. With its focus on citizen science, the EOS group is developing innovative approaches to improve satellite-based land cover products. The article takes us back in time to the beginning of the Geo-Wiki project in 2007. Hardly recognized in its early days, Geo-Wiki has now developed into a massive citizen science hub that brings together more than 15,000 volunteers. Along with Geo-Wiki, Steffen’s group has also grown to 20 members working on 13 different crowd sourcing projects across 12 countries.
In Mid-October, Francesca Passeri from the European Crowdfunding Network represented LandSense at the 6th ECN Crowdfunding Convention (CrowdCon) in Vilnius, Lithuania. The convention was an ideal platform to meet EU and national-level policy-makers, as well as professionals and stakeholders from the European crowdfunding industry to promote and raise awareness about the LandSense project and its activities.
In context of the course unit ‘Introduction to Landscape Architecture’ some 500 5th semester architecture students will be working in teams of three to study a series of 1 km x 1 km quadrants within the City of Vienna. These 20 quadrants, located within key areas of interest for urban development and renewal, have been selected for their particular urban design and open space planning characteristics.
Matej Aleksandrov from SINERGISE gave a Lightning Talk explaining the collaborative and innovative research, undertaken with IIASA, that engages the public in an initiative involving ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite imagery.
A dedicated stakeholder workshop was held by the representatives of LandSense partner IGN France in Toulouse in mid-July 2017. The Workshop aimed at informing participants about the details of the planned campaign in the city. Furthermore, the requirements, tools, and data needed for the validation of the campaign were discussed.
This week, representatives of IGN France and Secure Dimensions had a productive meeting at the IGN premises in Paris to discuss the technical aspects of the LandSense Engagement platform. Together with the security department of IGN France, the IGN France tech team involved in LandSense and Secure Dimensions possible technical solutions for the inclusion of the IGN France Campaigner Web-App into the LandSense federation system were discussed.
LandSense participants from IIASA, Secure Dimensions, BirdLife International, Sinergise, Wageningen University and the European Crowdfunding Network met with relevant stakeholders last week at the SEO/BirdLife office in Madrid to discuss the different demo cases imbedded into LandSense theme on Forest and Habitat Monitoring. In this theme, the LandSense Citizen Observatory will trigger volunteer networks for in-situ data collection to help monitor protected areas within the Important Bird and Biodiversity Ares (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) networks.
LandSense representatives were participating at the 11th European Geo Workshop at Helsinki, Finland. The event brings together European stakeholders, interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event was an ideal forum to exchange ideas and to inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS.
In May 2017, Burung Indonesia, a partner of Bird Life International, organized a stakeholder workshop in Labuan Bajo, Flores in Indonesia. The workshop addressed habitat monitoring activities using satellite imagery and focused specifically to gather the user needs.
Igor Milosavljevic from Inosens represented LandSense at the regional workshop of Geo-Cradle in Bucharest on 9th of May 2017. LandSense was presented as a success story project in the Balkan Region, including a general overview of the project and how it contributes to the Earth Observation sector in the region.
The WorldCover Conference hosted by the European Space Agency in March 2017 brought together Land Cover users, scientists, students as well as representatives from National, European and International Space Agencies, Value Adding Industries, Laboratories and Universities.
LandSense representatives from IIASA attended the very successful EC cluster workshop in Brussels, Belgium at the end of November 2016. The LandSense team met with other H2020 citizen observatories (SCENT, Groundtruth 2.0, GROW) as well as the FP-7 pioneer projects and shared their lessons learned from the outgoing projects and also discussed collaboration opportunities for the future.
Last week LandSense partners from IIASA, FELIS, Secure Dimension, GeoVille and Helyx came together at the Sinergise office in Ljubljana for a three-day meeting to further develop and design the LandSense Engagement Platform (LEP).
LandSense recently held its first annual workshop organized by IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria. On October 2-4, 2017, the three-day workshop brought together all 17 LandSense partners, as well as members of the LandSense advisory board, including representatives from the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, the Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre and the Federal Statistical Office of Germany.
We are very excited to open the call for papers in the area of citizen science and crowdsourcing related to the development and validation of land use and land cover maps, or for change detection of land use and land cover.
This week, LandSense partner Andreas Matheus from Secure Dimension met with representatives from the Deutsches Forschungsnetz – Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (DFN-AAI) to explore the potential of the LandSense Engagement Platform. The meeting was hosted at the DFN-AAI office in Berlin, Germany.
The Change Detector Service of GeoVille will be important for all three LandSense Themes, providing critical data to the respective user communities of the demo cases. The Change Detectors Service can be accessed via the Earth Observation Data Centre (EODC), which is a cooperation among partners from science, the public and private sectors, and which provides a collaborative IT infrastructure for archiving, processing, and distributing EO data.
Last Thursday, Ana-Maria Olteanu-Raimond from IGN France represented LandSense at the 28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC'2017) in Washington DC within the session on Open Source Geospatial Technologies/ Volunteered Geographic Information.
In June 2017, a successful stakeholder meeting was held at Heidelberg University targeting the LandSense Urban Landscape Dynamics theme focusing on engaging citizens in monitoring land change in urban and peri-urban areas.
LandSense partners had a very successful meeting at the beginning of June 2017, discussing the technical implementations of LandSense Demo Case 1 in Munich. Demo case 1 is urban oriented and focuses on how to involve citizens and their observations in monitoring land changes within urban areas. Learn more here.
At the end of May 2017, LandSense partners met at the Inosens headquarters in Novi Sad, Serbia to discuss the technical implementations of LandSense Demo Case 2. The service will be delivering EO-based information on the vegetation health status of agricultural fields and hence, will provide an added economic value to farmers and farmers organisations. Learn more here.
Ana-Maria Raimond from ING France presented LandSense at the annual “IGN research days” taking part from the 23rd to the 25th of March 2017 at Descartes, Marne la Vallée, France. During an oral presentation and a poster session, Ana-Maria provided an overview about the LandSense project and introduced the concept of Demo Case 1 to the interested audience. Demo case 1 is urban oriented and focuses on how to involve citizens and their observations in monitoring land changes within urban areas. Learn more here.
Following our successful Kick-off meeting, the first LandSense User Requirements workshop was held along with the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) General Assembly in January 2017 at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria. The combined event brought together LandSense project partners and key stakeholders to discuss the user requirements for LandSense, as well as to co-design engagement strategies for new citizen powered initiatives. It also provided an ideal platform to meet a community of motivated partners across Europe driving citizen science.