Tuesday, June 12, 2018

EO4HumEn+: Humanitarian GIS fair at the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna

On June 5th a Humanitarian GIS fair was organized by the Austrian Red Cross. It was the last big dissemination event of the FFG-funded research project EO4HumEn+ Extended EO-based Services for Dynamic Information needs in Humanitarian Action, where Z_GIS and other research partners developed innovative Earth observation (EO) and GIS-based solutions to meet the diverse information needs of the humanitarian community.

At the fair, new user-tailored solutions, digital innovations and organization-specific applications were presented by seven exhibitors: University of Salzburg Z_GIS, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of the Red cross (IFRC) Doctors without borders (MSF), SOS-children´s village, Wonderwerk and the Austrian Red cross (ÖRK) to an interested audience composed of NGO´s and governmental officials.

Not only stimulated this event cross-fertilizing among early adaptors of GIS and EO tools in operations, but also it showed best practice examples to newcomers aiming to use geospatial technology in in the humanitarian aid domain.

Contact: Stefan Lang, Barbara Riedler, Lorenz Wendt

Monday, June 11, 2018

EO4GEO: Workshop on future demands in the GI/EO sector in Castellon, Spain

On May 30, a workshop on (future) demands in GI/EO profiles and skills needs in this sector was carried out at the University of Jaume, in Castellon, Spain. In a breakout session, organised by Barbara Hofer and Stefan Lang, three expert groups were discussing the current gaps in the workforce, specific needs in vocational and lifelong learning, and future trends in both society and technology and their likely impacts on job markets.  

A panel discussion with a.o. John Wilson (UCGIS), Mike Gould (ESRI), and Steven Ramage (GEO), widened the international perspective with viewpoints from academic networks, industries, and global associations. The suggestion from Z_GIS and the University of Basilicata, to design curricula for trans-EQF Copernicus expert profiles based on existing and adapted ESCO skillsets, was greatly supported by DG GROW.


Friday, June 1, 2018

EO-Compass Launch @ Z_GIS.at

'Have you ever spent a lot of time developing an Earth observation (EO) project without exactly knowing whether the intended data source is suitable or not?', is a central issue investigated by Martin Sudmanns and Hannah Augustin from the Z_GIS' OBIA research group (http://obia.zgis.at/).

Today, they are very pleased to announce their first version of EO-Compass. Please visit http://eo-compass.zgis.at to check out what it is and how it works!

EO-Compass aims to improve the conceptualisation, planning and feasibility assessment of EO-projects by providing information about the data coverage of the European Sentinel-2 satellites. It also projects future acquisitions, offering available weather forecast data to help you decide if you can use upcoming acquisitions in applications that are time-sensitive.

The interactive Web-based tool visualises and analyses the metadata of the nearly 4 million currently accessible Sentinel-2 scenes, revealing the spatio-temporal variability that inherently influences analyses.

Three modules are available:
  1. granule maps
  2. granule statistics
  3. satellite status
The module "granule maps" allows you to visualise the spatio-temporal distribution and density of Sentinel-2 acquisitions, as well as quality information (e.g. cloud cover). Users can select an area-of-interest and immediately retrieve relevant information about the frequency of acquisition, historic information of the average time between cloud-free acquisitions, etc. using the "granule statistics" module. The "satellite status" module allows you to see the current position and predicted acquisitions within the next few days, enriched with available weather data.

EO-Compass is currently a participant in the second Copernicus Accelerator Programme (2017/2018). Get more information @ https://twitter.com/eo_compass and @ https://www.facebook.com/eo.compass/

Contact: martin.sudmanns@sbg.ac.at; hannahlucille.augustin@sbg.ac.at

Friday, May 18, 2018

E2mC Review Meeting with the European Commission

The interim review meeting of the project "E2mC - Evolution of Emergency Copernicus services" took place at the premises of the company e-GEOS, Rome, Italy. At the review meeting, The European Commission welcomed the extensive developments in the project, integrating social media and crowdsourcing in the Copernicus EMS. PLUS researchers showed the improvements generated by the Witness component by validating the results of the latest uses cases with official authority datasets. Besides discussions about methodological developments and dissemination activities, the project partners agreed to test the developed algorithms and software packages in the next months in the case of an EMS activation in real time. The next upcoming events in the scope of E2mC have been planned, one of the highlights being the special session at the GI_Forum “Participatory Disaster Management” with an interactive user workshop where the functionalities of the Witness component can be tested.  

Contact: Bernd Resch, Clemens Havas
For further information, please visit E2mC project website.   

HUMAN+ Project Kick-off

The HUMAN+ project, led by Ass.-Prof. Dr. Bernd Resch at Z_GIS, aims to improve the humanitarian situation of refugees through analysing and predicting the movement of larger groups of people, with a strong focus on ethical, legal and sociological aspects (https://giscience.zgis.at/human). The Austrian and German project partners (scientific, rescue organisations, and industry) met in Salzburg to kick off the project in mid April. The project is funded in the frame of the Austrian security research programme (FFG KIRAS) by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), and in the German Federal Government’s “Research for civil security 2012-2017” framework programme by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).  

Contact: Bernd Resch
For further information, please visit Z_GIS HUMAN+ website.