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
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
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
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.
In the first of our ‘Spotlight’ series with Scent partners, we spoke to XTeam Software, a software development company based in Veneto, Italy.
XTeam – an intro from Riccardo Braga
Riccardo Braga is a mobile and video game developer at XTeam. He talked us through the company, its motivations to get involved with Scent and their role in the project.
Riccardo describes XTeam as a communications and software company, which specialises in developing communications techniques and software apps.
What kind of data is at the heart of the entire Scent project? Citizen-generated data (CGD).
CGD is how the Scent project will develop a “people-centred” web for monitoring the environment around us.
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.
Environmental engagement among citizens is proving to be a global hot topic, as scientific communities are liaising more with the public to foster a wider awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and the consequences of climate change. Read more
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.