In November 2018, Sofia Capellan and Ivan Ramirez from BirdLife International conducted a field trip aimed at using Natura Alert App and the Important Bird Area (IBA) monitoring form to collect data on threats in the Iori River IBA, where a new landscape restoration project will revitalise the steppe-riverine ecosystem, while enabling local pastoralists to manage the land sustainably in the long-term. Despite the area’s protected status, habitats have been degraded by inefficient land-use practices, resulting in biodiversity loss and a decrease in the land’s ability to support livestock.
The European Space Agency (ESA) hosted the Earth Observation (Phi Week) at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy from 12-16 November, 2018.
On October 24, thirteen students from SIGMA (Geographic Sciences for Environment and Planning) at the University of Toulouse along, with their instructor David Shereen, participated in the LandSense Urban Landscape Dynamics pilot using the PAYSAGES France mobile application developed by the French National Mapping Agency (IGN France) and IIASA.
The Mijn Park app pilot has been running throughout the summer in the large Rembrandtpark, close to the centre of Amsterdam. This park is due for renovations starting next year, and together the Vrije Universiteit, LandSense, and the City of Amsterdam have been working to pilot this new participatory process giving park users the chance to have their say via the app.
The CropSupport app allows farmers to easily monitor crop/plant health and offers reliable access to satellite data (Sentinel-2) and weather updates for decision support. Farmers can collect and share information about their crops in order to help LandSense scientists better understand the impacts of climate change on agricultural activities and food production.
Within the LandSense project, Inosens, Sinergise, IIASA, GeoVille and the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) held the first LandSense Innovation Challenge held in conjunction with the at the Second International ECSA Conference 2018 from 3-5 June, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
IGN France have launched the Opportunistic Campaign in Occitanie Region, France. The campaign is part of the Toulouse Pilot. Thanks to LandSense project, the PAYSAGES web tool was developed.
On 6 June 2018, the H2020 WeObserve project, coordinated by IIASA, will launch its first three Communities of Practice (CoPs) at the University of Geneva, during three dedicated sessions at the Citizen Science Workshop Day of the 2nd International ECSA Conference.
LandSense partners Secure Dimension and IIASA met with Nextgeoss and Ground Truth 2.0 experts at CREAF in Barcelona for a 2-day Hackathon to connect the Geospatial User Feedback (GUF) system, conceptually designed during the GeoViQua FP7 project, with the LandSense Engagement Platform (LEP).
Last week LandSense partners Secure Dimension, SINERGISE, IIASA, Helyx and GeoVille met for a 4-day Hackathon to advance the LandSense Engagement Platform (LEP).
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.
The GEO Week in Kyoto, Japan (29.10 – 02.11) assembled GEO’s 105 Member governments and 127 Participating Organizations in order to explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, while focusing on three priority areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
From November 7 - 9 the LandSense Year 2 Workshop took place at IIASA,in Laxenburg, Austria, bringing together all partners to discuss the progress of the project as well as to exchange experiences from the past year.
As of May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out new rules on data protection and privacy for individuals. This regulation is not only relevant to organizations across the EU, but also citizen observatories such as LandSense.
At the recent EuroGEOSS Workshop in Geneva, LandSense researchers from IIASA and the University of Heidelberg hosted an interactive mapping session to showcase the power of crowdsourcing for map validations.
During the spring of 2018, the FREI.RAUM.NETZ app was tested and evaluated as part of the course unit “Introduction to Landscape Architecture” at the TU Vienna, involving students from the Department of Landscape Architecture.
IGN France has launched the Guided Campaign in Occitanie Region, France. The campaign is part of the Toulouse Pilot. Thanks to LandSense project, the PAYSAGES web tool was developed.
The call for proposals for the LandSense Innovation Challenge officially ended in April 2018. Due to the competitive nature of the proposals received, the LandSense Team has decided to invite 6 teams from across Europe to pitch their ideas and compete for the LandSense Innovation Challenge prize.
To help understand how green spaces are perceived within the city of Vienna, the LandSense team has developed the FREI.RAUM.NETZ app in cooperation with key stakeholders such as the Technical University of Vienna, and the local city planning administration. The app promotes citizens to share their experiences of green and open spaces, which in turn can contribute to Vienna’s STEP 2025 urban development plans.
At the 106th Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee meeting at Orleans, France last week, Andreas Matheus (Secure Dimensions) and Christoph Perger (IIASA) represented LandSense and introduced the LandSense Engagement Platform. Discussions about engagement followed among domain experts from the OGC Citizen Science Domain Working Group and the Europe Forum. With participants from government, commercial organizations, NGOs, as well as academic and research organizations, the meeting was an excellent opportunity for networking and discussing recent trends in the community.
In Serbia’s Vojvodina province, agriculture is the basis and backdrop for the economy, although reported yields are modest with a high volatility when compared to the rest of Europe. By implementing innovative tools that provide farmers with information on the vegetation health status, the region could pave the way to increased yields and profits. Furthermore, such tools may help farmers in the region achieve a higher level of food safety and a reduced impact on the environment, without disrupting production levels.
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.