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).
The implementation of the LEP is a critical milestone within the LandSense project providing a flexible framework that will serve as the backbone for the LandSense Citizen Observatory. It will help to bridge the gap between citizens and Earth Observation data, and provide an ecosystem of citizen science engagement services to transform existing technologies (i.e. smart phones, tablets, laptops, social media, etc.) into primary tools for bidirectional interaction with citizens for environmental monitoring. As such, the LEP will enable stakeholders to collect, integrate, manage, and contextualize information, and will facilitate vital knowledge transfer between all key user communities, including citizens, researchers, enterprises, and policy makers.
Whenever dealing with data from different sources, data quality assurance is essential, and day 1 of the meeting concentrated on defining a reliable quality assurance concept for the LEP. Furthermore, the team discussed different user access options, and established technical solutions under consideration in the LandSense Federation System. Day 2 and 3 were dedicated to the design of the LEP, and the inclusion of the LandSense Change Detector and Quality Assurance and Control service as integrated parts of the LEP.
We envisage a first version of the LEP to be operational at the beginning of February 2018. Stay tuned for updates!