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.
On Day 1, participants recapped the work accomplished over the past year and discussed future consortium activities concerning LandSense themes and pilots, as well as the LandSense Federation framework. Among other activities, partners have been busy hosting stakeholder consultations in Toulouse, meeting with students from agricultural schools in Serbia, and motivating bird watchers for monitoring campaigns in Spain – all this, in addition to ongoing meetings and telecons all over Europe to expand the LandSense Federation.
Day 2 and 3 were devoted to developing action plans for the LandSense campaigns, which will be implemented in 2018. Within different breakout group sessions, partners discussed the key elements of each campaign, including its storyline, target groups, engagement strategies, and timeline. Furthermore, campaign prototypes and data requirements were developed, and potential data policy issues identified. Lastly, important sustainability measures and potential business opportunities were elaborated. At the end of Day 3, the partners presented the results from these sessions, thereby generating crucial inputs for Deliverable 2.2.
The workshop also included a hackathon for the tech developers to advance the LandSense Engagement Platform and, specifically, to address issues arising from the inclusion of Academic Federations, and related requirements under the European General Data Protection Regulation.
All in all, the workshop was a success. As project coordinator Dr. Steffen Fritz summarized, “After the first year, LandSense has shown that it has tremendous potential to become a long term sustainable activity with a vision for businesses. The building blocks for a long term project are the LandSense services, including the LandSense Campaigner, Farmland Support, the Change Detector, and the Quality Assurance Service, these, along with the LandSense single sign-in concept – the Federation. The challenges in front of us are to move to full implementation and to truly address end-user needs in the pilots where the citizen has a central role.”