Our Partners

The NextGEOSS Consortium is composed of 27 entities in total and covers 13 European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The consortium is composed of leading European companies and institutions, active in many GEO-related activities and many other European, ESA and international projects, most of which in mutual collaboration within sub-teams of this full consortium. Within these projects, the members of the consortium have produced much valued developments, particularly in terms of data discovery, access, processing, and community building. This collective experience is now put together into a joint effort to add valuable assets for the future of GEOSS.

Role in the project

DEIMOS will be the project coordinator (WP1) and the leader of WP7 (Business Opportunities and Services), will be in charge of the Data Connectors (Task 2.2), the Workflow Monitoring (Task 5.2), and the User Management (Task 5.4), and will also lead the High Resolution Mapping for Territorial Planning (Task 7.1).

Institution Description

DEIMOS Engenharia is a company set up by DEIMOS Space and a group of Portuguese Investors in 2002. DEIMOS Engenharia provides all the capabilities and expertise of DEIMOS Space, thanks to the transfer of key personnel, technology and expertise from DEIMOS Space to DEIMOS Engenharia. DEIMOS staff is well known to ESA, as they have been involved in programs with ESA for many years, in particular in Earth Observation Programs. DEIMOS staff has been highly involved in the development of key facilities of different Payload Data Segments.

Role in the project

Liaison with data providers including GEOSS community. Improvement of data connectivity in terms of discovery and access directly at the data centers, acting on the providers’ side. Moreover, DLR will be responsible to integrate innovative applications dedicated to research activities using the data hub infrastructure. These activities will be focussed on addressing Societal Challenges through the uptake of GEOSS data by academia.

Institution Description

DLR, the German Aerospace Center, is Germany‘s national research center for aeronautics, space, energy, transport, defense and security. It has more than 8.000 staff in 32 institutes at 16 sites in Germany. Within DLR, the Earth Observation Center (EOC) of DLR is doing research, development and operations in Earth Observation data and management, ground segments, algorithm and processor development. It supports science and industry as well as the general public. The EOC is composed of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) of DLR and has about 350 staff in Oberpfaffenhofen and Neustrelitz, with additional working groups in Bremen and Berlin. It is strongly liaised to universities (especially Munich and Würzburg) as well as doing projects and operations for and with commercial partners.

Role in the project

NOA participates in the WP6 Innovative Research Pilots and in the Engagement actions with Data Providers (Task 4.1. NOA will also participate in WP3 (Data Federation and Uptake), in particular in the federation of the Sentinel Collaborative Ground Segment (Task 3.1) and in WP4 (Synergies and Communities Engagement) will support the Engagement with GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities. (Task 4.4).

Institution Description

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) was established in 1842 and is the oldest research institute in Greece. It carries out state-of-the-art basic and applied research in collaboration with other world-leading research centers.  NOA offers critical social services and has been historically nominated by the Greek government as the sole institution in charge of natural disasters monitoring, with a clear mandate to conduct innovative research for the benefit of the Greek citizens, such as a daily monitoring of seismicity and issuing earthquake alerts to the Greek State Authorities on a 24/7 basis, weather forecasting, forest fires monitoring, ionospheric activity recording and archiving of a 150 years long climatic datasets. It also provides the national gate to the European Space Agency (ESA).

Role in the project

VITO leads the land related activities in WP3 (Task 3.3), Task 6.1 to provide an Innovative Research Pilot on Agricultural Monitoring and Task 7.2 on Crop Monitoring Supporting Food Security on high resolution towards commercial exploitation of EO data. Due to our role with GeoGLAM within the SIGMA project, VITO participates as well in Task 4.4. From these activities we will support WP5 as well as where needed.

Institution Description

The Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV (VITO) remote sensing research unit (TAP) is active in the domains of i) Know-how and complete set of operational image processing environments, (ii) service provision in remote sensing applications with a focus on global vegetation, agriculture, coastal/inland water and biodiversity assessment, (iii) remote sensing instruments. Most relevant for this project is VITO’s strong expertise in software and hardware related to Earth Observation processing chains, distribution and exploitation platforms, and activities related to Food Security and Agriculture.

Role in the project

MeteoSwiss operates the surface-component of the Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review (OSCAR) tool. At its core, OSCAR is a metadata portal that integrates information on meteorological and climatological observations from surface-based observing systems world-wide. These include land-based, airborne, and marine systems. To this end, OSCAR integrates information provided by a number of data centers, including the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) World Data Centers (WDCs) through the GAW Station Information System (GAWSIS, also operated at MeteoSwiss), the JCOMMOPS portal, and the WMO Radar database. OSCAR is the official WMO repository for information on land-based meteorological observing stations provided by the almost 200 Members of WMO. As the central hub for metadata on meteorological and climatological observations made world-wide, OSCAR is in a unique position to facilitate discovery and access to the observations themselves. The GAW Program has formulated a vision in which the WDCs as well as the archives of recognized contributing networks are fully inter-operable and use GAWSIS acts as the central node for all metadata regarding atmospheric composition data. With this mandate, MeteoSwiss will therefore lead Task 3.4 on “Atmosphere” of WP3 on “Data Federation and Uptake” with the objective to improve interoperability of atmospheric data centers, and full harmonization of metadata based on the WIGOS Metadata Standard in support of discovery, access, retrieval and adequate use of observational data. As the task leader, MeteoSwiss will coordinate the activities of the various data centers represented in the WMO Expert Team on World Data Centres (ET-WDC) and of the meteorological community represented in the WMO Task Team on WIGOS Metadata (TT-WMD).

Institution Description

The Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, part of the Federal Department of the Interior, has contributed to safety and prosperity in Switzerland and beyond for over 130 years. The general public, industry and science all benefit from the wide range of services provided by a dedicated team of 360 employees in Zurich, Geneva, Locarno, Payerne and Arosa.On behalf of the Federal Government, MeteoSwiss operates the national surface and weather radar measurement network and collects, manages and analyses weather and climate data. MeteoSwiss operates a state-of-the-art, 24/7 data warehouse and provides data services in near-real time. MeteoSwiss produces weather forecasts and climate scenarios, informs, warns and advises the public, other government bodies as well as private companies in all matters related to weather and climate. MeteoSwiss is involved in research and develops tailor-made products and services, including satellite and other remote-sensing products.

Role in the project

WMO will contribute to Task 3.4 on “Atmosphere” under WP3 on “Data Federation and Uptake” with the objective to improve interoperability of atmospheric data centers, and full harmonization of metadata based on the WIGOS Metadata Standard in support of discovery, access, retrieval and adequate use of observational data. WMO, as the international organization coordinating the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme, will liaise will all the seven GAW data centers, which are located in Norway, Germany, Canada, Japan, Russian Federation and USA. WMO will ensure that technology and software developed by MeteoSwiss, NILU and DLR will also benefit data centers located outside of Europe. This will be done through workshops and training courses arranged by WMO.

Institution Description

WMO is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. The World Meteorological Organization is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 191 Member States and Territories.WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters. The International Committee for Weight and Measures recognises the responsibilities of WMO in the field of meteorology, hydrology and other related geophysical sciences. Hence, WMO is the standardising organisation for atmospheric measurements. The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme of WMO is a global atmospheric composition programme that involves more than 100 nations worldwide. It is a complete end-to-end programme with observations (hundreds of stations), quality control and calibration, data archiving and value-added products, such as the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin and the WMO Antarctic Ozone Bulletin. WMO is the obvious organisation for the standardisation of measurements of atmospheric parameters, including the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

Role in the project

Open Knowledge will lead WP2, where it is responsible for the development of the Data Catalogue that will integrate references to all earth observation data provided by GEOSS including consortium partners’ data. Building on the successful exploitation of publicdata.eu and CKAN’s harvesting capabilities, Open Knowledge will build a catalogue that makes it easy for anyone to find the relevant datsets, including faceted as well as keyword search.Furthermore, Open Knowledge will ensure wider dissemination and uptake of the data by serving diverse data communities that previously have not been working with EO Data. Through its training activities on School of Data, Open Knowledge has extensive experience in teaching people how to work with data, and has extensive knowledge of what needs to be done to make working with data easier and more accessible. It will apply that knowledge in NextGEOSS so that wider groups of users become familiar with EO data and its potential, providing more visibility to the GEOSS services offered by partners, as well as improving the exposure of Europe’s EO data to citizens and companies in Europe and beyond.

Institution Description

Open Knowledge are widely known to be both one of the originators and leaders in open data as well as in building robust, sustainable open infrastructure for publishing, sharing and working with data. The organization and team have a combination of three key characteristics that will enable the project’s success:

Open Knowledge has strong connections with data user communities.
Open Knowledge has substantial practical experience delivering world-class software and tooling on time and on budget.
Open Knowledge has extensive experience in community management, development and evangelism.
Open Knowledge are the creators of the CKAN data management and publication platform which is now used by dozens of governments and institutions around the world including the US federal government for gov, the UK government for data.gov.uk and many more.
The team has worked in multiple countries on government data sharing as well as having significant experience working on data management with academics in a variety of disciplines.

Role in the project

SatCen will implement a pilot (Task 6.3) in the Space and Security domain as well as liaise with data providers and GEO communities/activities.

Institution Description

The European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union (EU) whose mission is to support the decision making and actions of the EU in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and in particular the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), including EU crisis management missions and operations, by providing (at the request of the Council of the EU or the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) products and services resulting from the exploitation of relevant space assets and collateral data, including satellite and aerial imagery, and related services. SatCen is a key institution linking Space and Security but also a primary user of satellite data with great expertise on managing and disseminating products derived by the exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data coming from commercial providers and from governmental systems as well.

Role in the project

Terradue brings to the consortium its expertise in the provision of EO data and distributed computing platforms, enabling scientific applications to exploit distributed processing capabilities without re-engineering them. Terradue’s team has the experience and established procedures to manage successfully the integration of the pilot applications in this project. Terradue will lead WP5 and provide its cloud platform and framework for developing and hosting the pilot applications defined by WP6 and WP7. This platform will provide access to a dedicated application integration environment in the Cloud with:

software tools and libraries available and easily exploitable from that developer environment;
search mechanisms for data collections from distributed EO and Open Data repositories;
retrieve results in the application integration environment;

Terradue will support developers in a step-by-step approach on how to adapt, develop and integrate application taking advantage of high performance processing infrastructures and remote storage capabilities. The activities include debug and tests support for development and also the deployment in the Cloud to expand the computing capacity horizontally (computing, storage and network). Building on their experience in e-Infrastructure management the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) supports Terradue with technical advice and consultancy to identify the providers offering the technical solutions that best fit the specific objectives of each application including the access to the EGI Federated Cloud. This international collaboration federates more than 350 data centres worldwide and includes the largest community cloud federation in Europe with 21 cloud providers across 12 European countries offering IaaS cloud and storage services, and more than 750,000 Virtual Machines run since January 2014.

Institution Description

Terradue Srl addresses the Earth Sciences research & education sector, with core competencies aimed at engineering distributed systems and Cloud services, providing consultancy for international organizations, and developing partners programs in support of Terradue’s Open Source Platforms and Standardization strategy. Terradue is a leading Cloud Services provider with current developments focusing on empowering researchers within seamless eScience infrastructures, for curating and delivering scientific information, and to create Cloud marketplaces for environmental data analytics and promoting a vision where scientific publications are fully reproducible, verifiable experiments and part of an interoperable ecosystem.

Role in the project

The University of Reading is participating in this project through the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA, whose mission is to help industry, government and researchers make better use of environmental science research and environmental data of all kinds. The IEA performs technical demonstrator projects, strategic research and development, training and community engagement. In NextGEOSS the IEA is participating in technical tasks concerning data mining and discovery (Task 2.3) and the gathering of user feedback (Task 2.4). It is leading an activity in “Stimulating GEOSS-powered applications”, in which diverse users will be consulted to establish how they would like the GEOSS to evolve (Task 4.3). The IEA will also be developing open online courses to support the project’s training goals (Task 8.2).

Institution Description

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. We are a global University that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education. The University hosts the Institute for Environmental Analytics (http://www.the-iea.org), a new partnership of 20 academic and industrial organisations, collaborating to better transform scientific research outcomes into activities that directly benefit society.

Role in the project

Euroconsult is to lead tasks 8.3 and 8.4 related to the “Business Innovation” and the “Sustainability” respectively. Euroconsult will provided an independent perspective brought by the NextGEOSS initiative explored in this study. The aim of the benefit assessment is to assess the delta between geospatial services available today, and the expected improvements of services to end-users brought about by the implementation of NextGEOSS. The additional benefits brought are to be assessed both economically and non-economically.  An assessment will then be made as to the best mechanisms to support long-term usage of NextGEOSS within user communities.

Institution Description

Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits and training programs for the satellite industry. With over 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by 600 clients in over 50 countries. We rely on a multi-cultural team of over 30 full-time experts based in France, the United States, Canada and Japan, complemented by a network of senior affiliate consultants. Euroconsult’s core business, since its creation, has been to provide independent assessment and decision-making assistance to the institutional, industrial and financial organizations involved in the space sector. Consulting services include independent assessments of business plans and government programs and policies, market analysis and forecasts, financial valuations, risk assessment, due diligence, feasibility studies and operations management services. Euroconsult’s research division focuses on the assessment of the space and satellite industry including its structure, market players, revenues and dynamics. Our research products include long-term trends, commercial, programmatic and economic benchmarking, up-to-date information, and 10-year forecasts supported by key ratios. Our research has been used as a key reference tool for three decades by most public and private stakeholders involved in the sector.

Role in the project

Leader of the WP3.2 Marine, CLS will enable full compatibility and connectivity between the Copernicus Marine Service and the NextGEOSS European data hub. Moreover, WP3.2 Marine will focus broaden the uptake of Copernicus Marine by the entire GEOSS community by facilitating data discovery and access, as well as integrating numerous initiatives that, complementary to CMEMS, enrich the current catalogue of open marine services at national and regional levels. CLS will also lead WP5.4 User Management, contributing with their experience with the User Management Application developed for CMEMS and based on open code, and will participate in WP8.1 Communication and Dissemination.

Institution Description

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) is a French Société Anonyme created in 1986 and an international group of 600 staff.
CLS’ core activities are focused on satellite-based services for governmental and commercial operators. CLS is the operator of the ARGOS system. A large part of CLS activities is related to the maritime domain:

Sustainable management of marine resources (incl. control of fisheries);
Environmental monitoring (oceanography, wildlife tracking);
Maritime security.

CLS is a subsidiary of the French Space Agency CNES and has two main offices in France:

CLS Headquarters located near Toulouse;
VIGISAT radar applications centre located near Brest.”

Role in the project

NERSC will lead Task 6.4 Cold Regions, and contribute to Task 8.1 Dissemination.

Institution Description

Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Fjernmaaling (Eng. Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, NERSC) is a non-profit research center affiliated with the University of Bergen, with focus on marine and Arctic science. NERSC is a project-based center with major funding from the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union research programmes, the European Space Agency, the Norwegian Space Center, industry and other governmental and international agencies. From 2012, NERSC became a national environmental institute with basic funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. The main research areas of the Nansen Center include:

Climate processes, variability and change;
Arctic and Marine remote sensing;
Ocean modelling, data assimilation and forecasting;
Societal impact of global change.

Role in the project

OGC-Europe will be Task 4 leader. Its main role, besides task coordination, is to engage with the GEO Data Providers, GEO activities and Foundational Tasks and to bring the results back into the standards process for the 550 OGC members worldwide. This guarantees that the standards related activities in Task 4, get worldwide exposure and promote the re-use in related standards and technology.

Further on, OGC-Europe with its strong technical background as the provider of key Earth Observation standards, with its outstanding experiences in organizational interoperability and consensus driven standardization activities as well as its strong links to other standardization organizations, communities, and GEO activities and tasks, will play an important role in the organization of pilots and liaison activities. Furthermore, OGC-Europe will lead task 3.5 “Citizen Observatories” and Task 7.3. “Smart Cities”, and will participate in Task 8.1. “Communication and Dissemination”.

Institution Description

The Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe), London, United Kingdom, is a subsidiary of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The Open Geospatial Consortium is an international industry consortium of over 500 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complexspatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. OGC-Europe was formed in 2001 as a non-profit with the purpose to conduct business in Europe on behalf of the OGC’s mission.

Role in the project

BLB brings to the consortium a unique blend of deep knowledge about GEO and GEOSS in addition to an extensive experience and knowledge of science and technology communication to specialist communities, the general public as well as to administrations and policy-makers.

BLB will lead be Work Package leader for WP8 “Communication, Dissemination, and Assessment” as well as Task leader for Task 8.1 “Communication and Dissemination” responsible for developing and maintaining the NextGEOSS editorial calendar (D8.3) and establishing and running the NextGEOSS Advisory Board (D8.4). BLB will also support Task 8.2 “Online Open Courses” with designing and running webinars.

Furthermore, BLB has expertise on data management, including data policy, issues related to making in-situ, space-based and non-authoritative data such as data derived from citizen science and integration of data based information in decision-making processes. BLB is a member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA). BLBs engagements in GEO and ECSA together with competence in social sciences will support Task 3.5 Citizen Science. BLB will combine its competencies with a global network of experts and practitioners in Tasks 4.3 and 4.4.

BLB offers deep knowledge of the Cold Regions, especially based on the work BLB did in the ESFRI project SIOS, which will contribute efficient implementation of the pilot Task 6.4 Cold Regions. In Task 7.5 BLB will contributed with it experiences as a contributing private company in GEO and will also benefit from the outcomes of NextGEOSS.

Institution Description

BLB is a Norwegian SME that facilitates the translation of science, focusing on the use of Earth observations in application areas such as environment, climate change, water and disaster management. BLB has an affiliate network of experts from Norway, Switzerland and France, covering data management, standardization, Earth sciences, space and social sciences.

BLB is developing service products based on Copernicus data and services for the Arctic region, forestry, agricultural and areal planning, and environmental management in urban areas.

Role in the project

DEIMOS Space will participate in  the Data Provider QoS / Operations Model Consistence of Information (Task T2.5),in the Workflow Monitoring (Task 5.2), in User Management (Task T5.4) and in “Communication and Dissemination” (Task 8.1.).

Institution Description

Elecnor Deimos is the technology branch of Elecnor Group. Elecnor is a large Spanish group specialised in integrated management and promotion of projects and infrastructure development. Founded in 1958, Elecnor is traded in Madrid Stock Exchange and currently covers a total of 12 sectors within four large business areas: Networks and Infrastructures, Telecommunications and IT, Renewable Energies, and Concessions.In 2009, it became a satellite operator and provider of Earth Observation data by means of the Elecnor Deimos owned high resolution EO satellite DEIMOS-1. Later, DEIMOS-2, a very high resolution EO satellite was integrated at Elecnor Deimos facilities and successfully launched in June 2014. Elecnor Deimos was also responsible for the complete ground segment development, the procurement of the launch services as well as the system insurance, becoming a provider of end-to-end Earth Observation systems.

Role in the project

Alterra is leading Task 6.2 “Biodiversity” and participate in Task 6.1 “Time Series Analysis for Agricultural Monitoring”. Both tasks provide innovative applications using the data hub. Concerning Task 6.2 “Biodiversity” we will demonstrate the use of the Datahub in terms of providing phenology data and a/o related changes for the mapping of EUNIS habitat types (EEA/ETC-BD), integrating in-situ vegetation information as well. Next to this we want to demonstrate the use of the GEOhub for the creation of RS-EBVs (Essential Biodiversity Variables), which could lead to creating a GEOhub for EBVs by linking the key policy/user network groups (CBD and IPBES) with the space agencies (via CEOS).

Institution Description

ALTERRA Wageningen UR is the research institute for our green living environment and part of the Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek at Wageningen University and Research Centre. Alterra offers a combination of practical and scientific research in a multitude of disciplines related to the environment and the sustainable use of it. Alterra is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to research and its ability to translate fundamental scientific developments and insights into applicable solutions, particularly in the context of sustainable development. Alterra’s mission is to provide outstanding science, education and consultancy in the Geoinformation, to advance scientific frontiers, to improve Earth Observation practices, especially with regard to Biodiversity and agriculture monitoring, and to advice on sustainable and equitable policies.

Role in the project

Main tasks in the project: UT-ITC will contribute to WP4, by participating in Task 4.4. “Engagement with GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities”, to WP 6, by participating in Task 6.2. “Biodiversiy”, and to WP8, by participating in Task 8.1. “Communication and Dissemination”.

Institution Description

Partner no 18 in this project is the University of Twente (UT), Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Department of Natural Resources, The Netherlands. The PI, Prof. Andrew Skidmore, has a permanent appointment as full professor at the Department of Natural Resources.High tech, human touch. That is the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. UT is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. In 2013, UT has a total income of € 322 million.

Role in the project

Operating a globally significant data centre for atmospheric trace constituents measured as surface stations, NILU will use its network to act as liaison to other atmospheric data centres in setting up data centre interoperability (Task 3.4). Making further use of its role in several European and international projects and frameworks on data centre inter-operability, NILU will serve as link to relevant upcoming GEOSS use cases (Task 4.3). Also, operating atmospheric observatories in both polar regions, NILU will contribute to setting up innovative research pilots in cold regions (Task 6.4).

Institution Description

NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research was founded in 1969 and is an independent non-profit institute specializing in climate and air pollution research. The institute has about 180 employees.In the last years, NILU has been involved in more than 90 EU and ESA financed projects relevant to Arctic-UNION (e.g. ACTRIS, InGOS, MACC2, GEOMON, EUCAARI, EUSAAR, ACCENT, EARLINET-ASOS, ENVRI+, SCOUT-O3, MEGAPOLI) ESFRI initiatives (ICOS and SIOS) and ESA-CCIs. NILU has coordinated a number of them in addition to being present in the steering committees of several international programs (CLRTAP-EMEP, GAW). NILU serves as the EMEP Chemical Coordination Centre (EMEP-CCC). The EMEP program comprise more than 40 Parties and forms the basis for UNECE CLRTAP abatement policies, as well as for the EU policies on Air Quality (www.emep.int). NILU is a member to the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM). NILU plays central roles in the WMO – GAW program, and is represented in 3 of the Scientific Advisory Groups (on Aerosols, Reactive Gases and Precipitation Chemistry respectively) as well as hosting the World Data Centre for Aerosols (GAW-WDCA) and the World Data Centre for Reactive Gases (WDCRG).

Role in the project

ARMINES will lead two energy related use-cases (Task 7.5) under the Business Opportunities and Service WP7.

The first use case addresses the need of energy grid operator to benefit from time-series of solar radiation over a regular grid of points covering their area of interest to get a better knowledge of the very local production of electricity by PV plants that are connected to the grid.

The second use case address the need of SMEs for undergoing and future wave of urban demographic growth regarding the development of PV and solar thermal systems in urban areas that need high resolution (sub-metric) solar resource assessment and mapping. In order to support the implementation of the use-cases under Task 7.5, ARMINES will participate to WP3 (Task 3.4 Atmosphere) as a data provider to integrate  the needed energy related datasets for use-cases completion. ARMINES will contribute to Task 4.4 to advocate the usefulness and the benefits of new paradigms that support the development of the use-cases to the GEO community. ARMINES will also take part of the dissemination activities in WP8.

Institution Description

ARMINES is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967 at the instigation of its partner engineering schools, the Ecoles des Mines network. ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with its partner schools, where each legal entity, either private or public, provides personnel, investment and operating resources for common research purpose. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Productive Recovery, ARMINES is bound by French government-approved agreements to its partner schools of the Ecoles des Mines network: Paris (Mines ParisTech), Albi-Carmaux (Mines Albi-Carmaux), Alès (Mines Alès), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (ENSM-SE). ARMINES also collaborates with ENSTA ParisTech.In this specific context, ARMINES operates within the framework of the law of 18 April 2006 which allows public sector higher education or research establishments to entrust private-sector organisations with their contractual research activities.

Role in the project

The role of the UAB in the project is related to data and metadata standards, especially quality and user-feedback metadata, to remote sensing methods and to desktop big data tools development (www.miramon.cat). Thus UAB main role is to develop the “Community Feedback Mechanism” (leading Task 2.4). Moreover UAB will participate on “Engagement with GEO Flagships, Initiatives and Community Activities” (Task 4.4), “Time Series Analysis for Agricultural Monitoring” and “Biodiversity” (Tasks 6.1 and 6.2) and dissemination (Tasks 8.1 and 8.2).

Institution Description

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968 and since 2009 is recognized as a campus of international excellence by the Ministries for Education (MEC) and for Science and Innovation (MICINN) of the Spanish Government. The UAB is in the 10th position worldwide, the 2nd at European level, and the first Spanish university in the ranking QS Top 50 under 50 that classifies Top 50 universities of the world younger than 50 years old. GRUMETS research group, leaded by the Department of Geography, aims to propose new algorithms, methodologies and operational tools for Remote Sensing (RS), Cartography, and land dynamics, agriculture and water management through RS applications. The group has broad experience in image processing of remote sensors and researching in RS methods and big data management with images of low, medium and high spatial resolution from both satellite and airborne sensors. Moreover, the group has broad experience in standardization, metadata and user-feedback documentation. The members of the research group have published hundreds of scientific papers, participated in more than hundred research projects and contracts, and have obtained several national and international awards. Previous experience of the group matches the tasks in the proposal about community feedback mechanism, remote sensing methods, data and metadata standards, desktop big data tools development (www.miramon.cat) and link to communities and users.

Role in the project

EARSC will be the leader of Task 7.5.  “Opening up to the Private Sector” and will participate actively in Task 8.4. “Sustainability”.

Institution Description

EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies is a membership-based, not for profit European organization which coordinates and promotes activities of European companies engaged in delivering EO geo-information services. EARSC’s key goal is to help promote the industry and to help develop the market for EO services. EARSC is representing the European providers of geo-information services in its broadest sense creating a network between industry, decision makers and users and covering the full EO value chain from data acquisition through processing, fusion, analysis to final geo-information products & services.EARSC currently has around 80 members and the network contains all the leading European suppliers of EO data and value-added products as well as many small and micro-enterprises. EARSC provides its members with information on current and prospective European programs, legislative actions as well as the news on the market for EO services, maintains facts about the industry (industry survey 2013 and 2015), offers help for companies wishing to become ISO certified and promotes the industry to potential customer communities (ie the oil and gas sector) and to public stakeholders.

Role in the project

The main contribution of HSRS will be in task Task 4.5 “Promoting Open Data Policies”, where HSRS will be task leader. Promotion of Open Data Policies is one from HSRS priority for long time. iHSRS will established link with different communities through current projects in environment protection, tourism, education, transport and agriculture, where is HSRS active in commercial activities, but also in European projects (SDI4Apps, OpenTransportNet). HSRS will not only support to bring GEOSS data to the communities but also bring different VGI data as part of GEOSS (Smart Point of Interest (SPOI), Open LAnd USe (OLU), Open Transport Map (OTM)). HSRS will also support communication with policy makers, public sector, but also with different   initiatives. HSRS will also support NewGEOSS on social networks, where HSRS has strong presence. As part of promotion of Open Data Access we plan to organize Open Data Hackathons. HSRS will partly also contribute to task Task 8.1, mainly in dissemination related to open Data Access.

Institution Description

Help Service Remote Sensing (HSRS) is a Czech SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) that has been for more than 20 years involved in the Czech and European spatial data market. HSRS offers wide range of services dealing with the creation of geoinformation systems, SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) products and spatial applications.

HSRS is one of the two Czech members of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
HSRS has a representative in the INSPIRE Drafting Team.
HSRS is a member of two Czech research networks including Czech Centre for Science and Society (CCSS) and WirelessInfo.
HSRS is active in the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO).
HSRS is now one from leading organisation in Czech Republic in Open Data.

Role in the project

Building on more than ten years of experience in e-Infrastructure management and in supporting worldwide scientific communities, EGI will offer (mainly in Task 5.3) technical advice and consultancy to identify the best solutions to get scientific and/or commercial applications up and running on an integrated cloud platform, with dedicated support mechanisms tailored to users’ needs. This includes serving as a matchmaker for users and the appropriate service provider(s) across the EGI Federation and beyond. This will be carried out primarily in support of the pilots (WP6) identifying the providers offering the technical solutions that best fit the specific objectives of each application, including organisations able to enter into formal business agreements within or outside of the project context for developing longer-term relationships (Task 8.1).

Institution Description

Stichting EGI (abbreviated EGI.eu) is a not-for-profit foundation established under the Dutch law to coordinate EGI. EGI is an international collaboration that federates the digital capabilities, resources and expertise of national and international research communities in Europe and worldwide. The main goal is to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate and to carry out data- and compute-intensive science and innovation.EGI offering includes a federated IaaS cloud to run compute- or data-intensive tasks and host online services in virtual machines or docker containers on IT resources accessible via a uniform interface; high-throughput data analysis to run compute-intensive tasks for producing and analysing large datasets and store/retrieve research data efficiently across multiple service providers; federated operations to manage service access and operations from heterogeneous distributed infrastructures and integrate resources from multiple independent providers with technologies, processes and expertise offered by EGI; consultancy for user-driven innovation to assess research computing needs and provide tailored solutions for advanced computing.

Role in the project

Due to its role of coordinator of the TCS Satellite Data activities within the EPOS IP project, CNR-IREA will be the point of contact between EPOS and GEOSS, to ensure the engagement of the European Solid Earth Community that works with GEOSS data. In particular, within Task 4.3, CNR-IREA will support the integration of the EPOS TCS satellite data within the GEOSS powered applications. Furthermore, CNR-IREA will participate in Task 4.1 and 8.1.

Institution Description

The National Research Council (CNR) is the main public research entity in Italy with more than 100 Institutes grouped in 7 Departments. The Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), a CNR institute, incorporates a Microwave Remote Sensing Group that is active since 1987. Its main research interest is SAR and Differential SAR Interferometry (DInSAR), with two main aims: (1) development of effective tools for detecting and monitoring the Earth’s surface deformations; (2) application of the developed techniques in real scenarios.For its activities on ground motion detection, CNR-IREA acts as a Centre of Competence for the Italian Civil Protection Department (DPC) for seismic and volcanic risk assessment, as well as Consultant of the Ministry of the Economic Development (MISE) on oil&gas extraction induced displacement monitoring at national scale.

Role in the project

Deimos Imaging (DMI) is bringing in the consortium its large experience to provide EO products and operational services to public and private sectors. DMI will participate in the Task 7.5 and Task 8.3 in the following activities:

Assessing the possibility of NextGEOSS access to commercial data like DEIMOS-2 imagery for non-commercial applications;
Identifying issues and bottlenecks for data provision from commercial providers (e.g. HMA standard, OGC standards, …), including assessing the technical requirements for automated access to DEIMOS-2 data and standards for running Deimos Imaging business.

Deimos imaging has an online catalogue to search and visualize DEIMOS-2 products in the Archive. DMI users have the possibility to access to the catalogue (available 24 hours/7 days), which allows to consult the availability of DEIMOS-2 images. The functionality of this tool allows downloading a quicklook or a set of quicklooks in several formats. Besides, the catalogue allows create for a specific area of interest a Request for Quotation for the Deimos Imaging Customer Service. In the activities of Task 3.6 the DMI catalogue will be connected to NextGEOSS and the connection will be tested for a pilot in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area foreseen in the activities of Task 7.5.

Institution Description

Deimos Imaging (DMI), a subsidiary of UrtheCast Corp.(Canada), is a private Spanish company specialized in the operation and commercial exploitation of Earth Observation Systems, and in the development, generation and delivery of remote sensing products and services. Deimos Imaging currently employees more than 100 staff, comprised of degree-qualified professionals each with a proven and enviable track record in the space business, with many years of experience working on programmes with space agencies. The DMI staff is displayed in three different locations in Spain: Puertollano (Ciudad Real), Boecillo (Valladolid) and Tres Cantos (Madrid).

Role in the project

European Dynamics will work together with MeteoSwiss to prepare technical documentation, analysis and implementation of tools and systems. European Dynamics will assist in creating a federated metadata and data architecture to integrate data, metadata and products from “Land”, “Marine”, “Atmosphere” and “Natural Disasters” domains in a distributed infrastructure. The resulting system will enable WP2 to foster improved user-friendly discovery, access and exploitation of Earth observation data and information in Europe using INSPIRE-compatible data exchanges and delivery mechanisms.

Institution Description

EUROPEAN DYNAMICS SA (ED) is a leading European software vendor and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) services provider, operating internationally through its offices and antennas in Alicante, Athens, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Nicosia, Stockholm, Tunis, etc. The company designs, develops, supports and promotes software ICT applications using integrated, state-of-art technology to governments, public organizations and private enterprises in more than 27 countries in the world.  Customers include government institutions, multinational corporations, public administrations and multinational companies, research and academic institutes.  ED has an extended expertise in the areas of e-Government (they include Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Intellectual Property, Trade Marks, Patents, Pharmaceuticals, Health, Justice, etc.), e-Business, e- Procurement, e-Collaboration, groupware and workflow, content, document and knowledge management, communications middleware, ICT security. Own software products and tools have been developed in these domains. All the products and services are offered for web, intranet and Internet environments and are based on open architectures and state-of-the-art technologies.