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.


All presentations:

  1. Welcome and Introduction - Marek Baranowski – ENERGIC OD Consortium

  2. Geospatial IT Perspective upon Industry 4.0 – keynote speech Thomas Usländer, Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany)

  3. Open data from SME perspective – keynote speech Dirk Frigne, GEOSPARC (Belgium)

  4. ENERGIC OD overview Stefano Nativi – ENERGIC OD Project Manager

  5. Virtual Hub solution of the ENERGIC OD Paolo Mazzetti – ENERGIC OD Technical Coordinator

  6. ENERGIC OD Applications Stefan Braumann – ENERGIC OD Consortium

  7. OnoMaP ENERGIC OD European Application Gwendall Petit – ENERGIC OD Consortium

  8. “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

  9. 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.


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