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The Scent Newsletter makes its Summer debut

 

 

 

 

In July, our new Scent Newsletter officially launched, with issue #1 providing an in-depth overview of the science behind the Scent project, a summary of the second Scent plenary meeting in Rome, and more.

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Scent at the European GEO workshop in Helsinki

One of the contributions of Scent is to add data to Earth Observation systems such as GEOSS, with an overarching objective of improving the monitoring of changes in the environment, in particular in relation to land use. To this end, the latest European GEO Workshop EuroGEOSS: shaping the European contribution to GEOSS held 19th-21st June 2017 in Helsinki was an invaluable opportunity to learn of the impact that contributions to GEOSS have had on policy making and on livelihoods across Europe. The opportunity to network with fellow citizens’ observatories (CO) projects and to collaborate to produce helpful discussions about the value of citizen data in GEOSS was immensely valuable as well. Read more

Scent Spotlight series – Ioana Popescu, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

We recently spoke to Ioana Popescu, Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE Delft.

IHE Delft is an education and research institute based in the Netherlands. The students at IHE Delft come from various countries around the world, and the institute sees the potential benefits of the new Scent technology for these students, some of whom come from regions exposed to floods. Ioana explains that IHE Delft decided to get involved in the project partly because of their research interest and partly because of their students, who ultimately will be the beneficiaries of the systems being developed. Read more

U-Hopper at DSI Manifesto Workshop

Representatives of CAPS EU-funded projects and relevant DSI (Digital Social Innovation) initiatives met in Rimini, Italy to capture views and contributions on the priorities to set out in the Manifesto for Digital Social Innovation in Europe.

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2nd Scent Plenary Meeting in Rome

The Scent consortium gathered for its second plenary meeting in Rome 14-15 June 2017. The two-day plenary was attended by 24 partners representing all 10 partner organisations. Read more

Scent ‘Spotlight’ Series – Daniele Miorandi, U-Hopper

U-Hopper – an intro from Daniele Miorandi
Daniele Miorandi is executive VP for research and development at U-Hopper, a research-intensive technology-driven company. U-Hopper builds solutions for other companies through data analytics tools.

Daniele focused on U-Hopper’s earlier engagement with environmental projects before Scent, how smaller communities can benefit from Scent and how Scent can become a ‘lighthouse project’.

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Scent ‘Spotlight’ Series – Athanasia Tsertou, ICCS

Our Second ‘Spotlight’ entry focuses on the work of ICCS, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, a research institute based in Athens. ICCS conducts research across several application areas, including security, transport, logistics and the environment. For the latter, ICCS interests include information and communication technologies for environmental applications, including sensors, sensor networks and embedded devices.

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Scent partner U-Hopper attends Commonfare Trentino

What fundamentally links Scent to a diverse set of EU-funded research projects and to a global movement/campaign is the theme of citizen science and its development as a citizen observatory project.

Last month, Andrea Cuoghi from Scent partner organisation U-Hopper, attended a round table with EU-funded digital platform Commonfare and local stakeholders in Trentino (Italy) in the interest of Scent and with the importance of making citizen observatory digital tools available to people across Europe in mind, to further develop projects like Scent.

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Flickr tags could help predict floods

According to a new study, images of floods and other large amounts of water uploaded to the online social image gallery Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they overwhelm flood-prone areas and communities.

Researchers at the University of Warwick studied “tagged” photos on Flickr with words like “river” and “water” which were matched to known flood events, over a period of 10 years.

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Insights from Focus Groups in Tulcea and Athens

Over Winter 2016, Scent conducted a series of ‘Focus Group workshops’ in Tulcea, Romania and Athens, Greece. These two regions are where the project’s pilot studies will take place and Scent want to continuously engage with the local citizens and hear their views and opinions on the environment and if they are active in its conservation.

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