An Open Data Access and Harmonisation by Virtual Hub – ENERGIC OD solutions workshops took place in Kehl, Germany, at the 4th of September 2017 in the frame of the INSPIRE Conference 2017. The workshop was organised as the final conference of the ENERGIC OD Project, which results and developed solutions will be presented and discussed.
The workshop was focused on the virtual hub demonstration based on the ENERGIC OD Project solutions enabling open data proliferation in Europe. The main objectives, functionality and spatial data content of the pan-European virtual hub, integrating five national ones, was presented. One of the ten elaborated applications demonstrating the use of a virtual hub have been additionally displayed, and discussed with a panel of stakeholders engaged.
The main objective of the workshop was to deliver the knowledge on the development and use of a virtual hub as an efficient and harmonised way of open data distribution and access, to facilitate exploitation by both data providers and end-users.
“Virtual Hubs to leverage Open Data Catalogues and INSPIRE” – panel discussion Panelists: Thomas Usländer (IOSB), Dirk Frigne (GEOSPARC), Guido Colangeli (ESA), Massimo De Marchi (Univ. Padova), Regione Veneto
Wrap-up and conclusion - Stefano Nativi - Project Coordinator
The ENERGIC-OD partners held their last project meeting in March 2017, in Orléans (France) on BRGM premises. The aim of the meeting was to check progress towards the objectives set by the ENERGIC OD Project. The following topics were reviewed and discussed :
Status and progress of activities started in the 3rd year, in the light of the 2nd Review
Revision of the final version of deliverable D8.3 and focus on exploitation issues and discussions on post project funding, for both VH and apps, to plan the future and take necessary corrective actions.
ENERGIC-OD Virtual Hub
Planning of dissemination and VH sales activities in various events in 2017 and 2018
Debating on VH exploitation by partners and various types of business model for the VH
Possible options to bring the ENOD VH at European level.
ENERGIC-OD contest: Instructions to the judging panel for the review of submissions, task distribution and reference to the selection criteria provided and the tight schedule before announcing the contest winners.
Monitoring of WP activities :
Execution of activities within the different Work packages in the light of the business plans for the Virtual hubs and the 6 selected applications.
Application developers were given the opportunity exposed the status of their apps with demos as well discussion and collecting feedbacks, in particular regarding their European dimension.
Dissemination activities and Final Conference
A full afternoon session was dedicated to dissemination activities, focusing on.
Stakeholders’ engagement actions at all levels in support of VH and Apps exploitation and the best way to enhance involvement at European level.
A thorough review of dissemination activities and relevant communication actions was carried out with the Consortium, focusing on the CNRS noise mapping Parties and protocol or the upcoming “Barcamp” organised in Toulouse by Datakode (prev Depth) and Afigeo.
The organisation of the final conference (FC) was debated.
A rough agenda was drafted for the whole day, with a plenary session in the morning and workshops or hands-on sessions to be proposed by partners on the VH and the apps.
The organisation was settled with a frame agenda and an action plan for immediate implementation. Regular conference calls will be held to handle the FC organisation in the coming period.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the ENOD Consortium parted with a set of actions and activities to perform in the coming months, until the next project meeting to be scheduled in June.
The purpose of this three-day meeting is the presentation of the current status of the application, modifications, use of the VHs, open challenges and the contribution to D6.5 & D6.6. Further the preparation for the second review of each ten applications will be addressed.
Furthermore, this workshop will also focus on WP8 and the issues of exploitation – including the business model. The status of the consortium-wide efforts to recruit and attract users will be covered in detail. The inputs from individual partners on their efforts towards community building will be sought after, together with drafting of the relevant plans of action.
Another objective of this meeting beside general management issues is current status and news about the use of the Virtual Hub APIs. In detail the presentation of each application includes:
Live demonstration of application
Use of VHs, incl. feedback about first experiences
Match with application specific initial or modified requirements
Progress corresponding to the application specific implementation plan
Upcoming steps until end of month 26
First idea of contents and requirements of technical and user documentation
Based on this information a common approach to create the required documentations and present the WP6 results during the second review.
Finally, the discussions will focus on the preparation of the three ENERGIC-OD contests – in Italy, France and on the European level. Partners responsible for these will shed some light on their preparation and planned outcomes (including projected user inputs). Finally, some consideration will be given to the coordination of VH-host organizations after ENERGIC-OD disbands, as well as to other commercial and revenue stream strategies
The purpose of this two-day meeting was to check progress towards the objectives set by the ENERGIC OD Project for the second year Review Meeting. The meeting was also meant to verify the overall status of the activities started in the second year in light of the next Technical Review. In particular, the meeting gave the chance to focus on the two main tasks of the second year works:
The development of applications and the improvement of Virtual Hubs,
The the involvement of user communities in the project results and the development of the business plan.
The first day of the meeting was devoted to discuss the technical aspects of the ENERGIC OD project related to the implementation of the ten new applications. In particular, each application was presented and (for those available) a live DEMO of the application was shown. In addition, the advances in Virtual Hub implementation was presented describing the new functionalities that have been developed and the ones that are foreseen in the next months.
The second day of the meeting was devoted to discuss the involvement of user communities in the project results and the development of the business plan for virtual hubs development. In particular, the organization of the Hackathon – ENERGIC OD Appathon (organizers Veneto Region, CNR-IIA and POLIMI) was discussed among the partners in order to increase the involvement of user communities in the project. ENERGIC OD partners further discussed their individual exploitation plans in the larger framework of the project business plan.
ENERGIC OD finally got to the core of its mission, that is deploying a set of Virtual Hubs (VH) by integrating an existing broker framework with other selected technologies to provide users with a single point of access to geospatial datasets implemented by new or existing platforms and infrastructures, including INSPIRE-compliant systems and GMES/Copernicus services.
In particular, ENERGIC OD will deploy a set of five VirtualHubs (VHs) at national level in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and an additional one at the European level. VHs will be provided according to the cloud Software-as-a-Services model
ENERGIC-OD Consortium will develop ten different applications on top of the deployed VHs. They aimto demonstrate how VHs facilitate the development of new and multidisciplinary applications based on the fullexploitation of (open) GI, hence stimulating innovation and business activities.
The purpose of this two-day meeting was the presentation of the implementation plans of these ten new applications and the discussion about the handling of open issues and risks related to the implementation plans. Furthermore, the coordination and monitoring of the tasks, which are provided by the implementation plans, were discussed. Another objective was the introduction of the use of the Virtual Hub APIs.
In detail the workshop focused on the mediation of current information and knowledge of the technical aspects of the ENERGIC OD project related to the implementation of the ten new applications. In this context the implementation guidelines, the results of the description of data and data sources, the Virtual Hub APIs as well as the implementation plans of the applications were presented. Related to WP 7 the cooperation and impact of WP 6 partners within this WP were also discussed.
The purpose of this workshop was to review the OD platform survey and methodology from D3.1 and D3.2 and to compare and present the result that was achieved by utilizing the methodology defined in deliverable D3.2 and also to present the result of D3.3. Furthermore, the possibilities and methods for setting up the catalogue on the ENERGIC OD project website were discussed for the best performance. Another objective of this meeting was to present a joint project by SRP and GEOkomm, regarding improvement of OD platform catalogue and future sustainability and update of the catalogue and services it can provide for the application developers and users. Additionally, “the status of national-level Virtual Hubs implementation” was presented by CNR, which was accompanied by a review on “the first issues regarding open data and VH usage” from POLIMI. On the second day of workshop, an update on the amendment status was given along with the periodic report by CNR. The management platform “Redmine” was introduced by BRGM and advantage of this tool was discussed. Furthermore, deliverable results and the current status of D4.2 were discussed by POLIMI. Veneto also showed their contribution to the deliverable D4.2 and last but not least the new project partner “Trilateral” was introduced via videoconference.
The purpose of these two days meeting was the collection, adaption and translation of the requirements and standards, which are already defined in the ENERGIC OD project and affect the development of the ten new innovative Applications (Apps), to derive guidelines and reduce efforts for App development and the Virtual Hubs (VHs). Another objective of this meeting was the identification and report of data to be used and provided by the ten Apps. The first session on Day 1 focused on the mediation of current information and knowledge of the technical aspects of the ENERGIC OD project and set the base for the following workshop activities. In this context the requirements for developing the business model, for Open Data (OD) as well as for the used technologies and standards of the ten Apps and VHs to be developed were presented.
The second session on Day 1 looked further at the implementation requirements of the VHs and the Apps regarding the user needs, thematic fields, contents, technical features and critical aspects. These aspects included a small presentation of each App. Day 2 focused on data utilization and the development of the Apps looking at data sources, intersections as well as synergies between Apps. Further the framework for the implementation Guidelines (IG) was evaluated in a group discussion
The WP4 and WP5 Workshop of the ENERGIC OD Project was held on February 5 and 6, 2015 at the CNR-IIA Division of Florence (Italy). The meeting was co-chaired by Raffaella Brumana for Work Package 4 and Paolo Mazzetti for Work Package 5.
This two-day meeting aimed to discuss the Virtual Hub (VH) concept, how the VHs may be implemented in ENERGIC-OD and how they can be demonstrated through a set of pilot applications. The meeting set the stage for the work of months 5 to 12 for VH architecture development and requirements analysis.
The first session focused on the vision of the Virtual Hub as a system facilitating the use of geoinformation. The discovery and access broker were presented as examples of enabling technologies showing some of the VH concepts, and as a follow-on of the side meeting held at the project Kick Off meeting. An open discussion was engaged in to clarify the VH architecture.
The second session focused on the definition of requirements for the VH, in particular for interoperability and integration of multi-source open data. Coordination between WP4, WP5 and WP6 was also defined.
The second day was dedicated to the analysis of applications and how they should and could be developed using the Virtual Hubs. Proposed applications were discussed and analyzed, and a hands-on session was set up.
Presentation of the applications by the project partners were made to show evidence of the potential value of the VH, limits and critical aspects, and how these could be solved.
The ENERGIC OD project held its first two workshops (for partners only) in Berlin at the offices of partner AED-SICAD on 4 and 5 December 2014.
The initial Workshop for Workpackage 2 (WP2) was held on the afternoon of 4 December and focused on a presentation by WP2 leaders UNIZAR of the methodology to be used in the state-of-the-art study to be carried out in this WP (Deliverable D2.1).
UNIZAR also presented the inventory of R&D projects relevant to ENERGIC OD identified so far and applications of the methodology used in the study.
Group discussion followed on ways to refine and expand the study methodology and means for other partners to contribute. Further discussion followed on most effective ways to produce deliverables D2.2 (Inventory of R&D Projects ) and a deliverable D2.3 (State of the Art Report).
The workshop continued on 5 December with partner NOW presenting preparatory work on identifying users required in WP8. The rest of the day was spent on the Workshop for WP3, led by partner GEOKOMM E.V. which included brief presentations from the partners who are developing applications in different sectors that will use the Virtual Hubconcepts and technology at the heart of the project. Then followed a discussion of the definition of 'open data' to be adopted by the project.
The session concluded with a detailed presentation of the survey methodology and list of criteria for assessing open data platforms and initiatives across the EU, to be finalized in project deliverable D3.1.
The Kick-off Meeting of the ENERGIC OD Project was held on November 6 and 7, 2014 at the DG CNECT of the European Commission in Luxembourg. The event was attended by the representatives of each beneficiary, the Project Officer of the European Commission, Susan Fraser, and other contributors involved in the project.