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Scent Spotlight series – Kinga Cîmpan, Romanian Ornithological Society

In today’s Spotlight feature we are pleased to introduce the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) and Kinga Cîmpan, Ecologist at SOR.

SOR is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in 1990. It is Romania’s largest wildlife conservation charity aiming to conserve and study wild bird species, their habitats and sites in Romania. SOR strives to increase people’s awareness of environmental sustainability and works for the protection of biodiversity and bird fauna. As the Romanian partner of BirdLife International, SOR carries out its policy and strategy with a joint global target: conservation of birds and their habitats. Read more

Scent plenary meeting in Trento

The latest Scent plenary meeting was held on 20–22 March in Trento, Italy. The three-day project meeting was hosted by Trento-based project partner U-Hopper on their brand-new Impact Hub premises. 20 partners representing all 10 partner organisations gathered in the Alpine town to discuss project progress, exchange ideas and agree on next steps. Read more

Scent at the First Italian Citizen Science Conference in Rome

The First Italian Citizen Science Conference was held at the headquarters of the Italian National Research Council in Rome 23-25 November 2017.

The conference constitutes the first Italian national initiative addressing Citizen Science. The event placed special emphasis on environmental sciences and offered an arena for a broad range of activities designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices and perspectives and discussions on programmes, methods etc. Read more

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

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

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Region of Attica

Region of Attica

Scent Toolbox Requirements and Architecture

Greece

15-17, Syngrou Avenue
11743, Athens
Greece

Web: www.patt.gov.gr


The Attica region is a second level local government organisation, governing the wider area of the Athens metropolis. It consists of eight Regional Divisions: Central Athens, Southern Athens, Northern Athens, Western Athens, Piraeus, Saronic Islands, Western Attica and Eastern Attica. The Attica region consists of around 4 million citizens and is organised as a metropolitan region. The organisation plans and implements policies at regional level within its jurisdiction, in compliance with the principles of sustainable development and social cohesion of the Greek state.

The Region of Attica is responsible for implementing strategic plans and for detailing the guidelines of environmental policies at regional level. The Region of Attica has also participated in several interregional co-operation projects in the field of environmental protection.



Role in the project

The Region of Attica will contribute greatly to the work on the Scent toolbox requirements and architecture. The organisation will provide the perspective of a regional public authority on the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’. Their input will be central with respect to the tool providing an enhanced flood risk map relevant to the Kifisos pilot as well as the crowd-sourcing and gaming apps of the Scent toolbox. Attica will also lead the Integration and real-life large scale demonstrations work package and coordinate the pilot trials in Kifisos.

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Romanian Ornithological Society

Romanian Ornithological Society

Scent Toolbox Architecture Volunteer Perspective

Romania

Bd. Hristo Botev, nr.3, ap. 6
030231, Sector 3, Bucharest
Romania

Web: www.sor.ro


Romanian Ornithological Society

SOR is a non-profit Romanian NGO that protects birds and nature with the support of members, volunteers, donations and project based funding. The organisation has established itself as a key stakeholder for species preservation around the Danube Delta. They have a nationwide presence in Romania through local branches and school groups. SOR advises and on local, regional and national protection of birds and raises public awareness on the importance and value of birds and habitats as natural capital.

They have important links with other local stakeholders, other NGOs and public organisations for the protection of the Danube Delta reserve as well as a strong interest and extensive experience in the impact of climate change on natural reserves in general. The organisation lobbies the Government to ensure compliance with and implementation of national and EU level environmental legislation. SOR has been a national partner organisation of BirdLife International since 1997.



Role in the project

The Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) will play a key role in the work on the Scent toolbox requirements and architecture. SOR will provide the perspective of a volunteer-based citizen association that focuses on the protection of birds and the natural environment in general. Their input is key to finding the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’, especially with respect to the crowd-sourcing and gaming app features relevant to their use by NGOs and volunteer organisations. SOR will also lead the task that aims to describe and benchmark available in-situ monitoring systems in the pilot sites. They will be in charge of organising the Danube Delta pilot.

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U-Hopper

U-Hopper

Crowdsourcing Platform Development and Scent Toolbox Requirements

Italy

Via Antonio da Trento, 8/2
38122 Trento
Italy

Web: www.u-hopper.com
Twitter: www.u-hopper.com


U-Hopper

U-Hopper is a research-intensive high-tech SME founded in 2010 and headquartered in the Trentino area in Italy. The company provides big data-enabled solutions and technologies to the government, retail and marketing sectors. It builds its solutions on the concept of fully exploiting the information and knowledge hidden in the enormous amount of data that can be collected using mobile devices and Internet-of-Things technology. Using cutting-edge data mining techniques and data analytics tools, U-Hopper’s solutions enable customers to identify and extract relevant patterns that can be applied to a variety of domains. These include mobile advertising, environmental monitoring in-store analytics and citizen-centric participatory services.

U-Hopper is a spin-off of the international research centre CREATE-NET. U-Hopper focuses on the design, prototyping and evaluation of innovative distributed and mobile sensing solutions. U-Hopper solutions target both public bodies as well as organisations in the private sector. UH’s staff has significant experience in the design of participatory platforms and services.



Role in the project

U-Hopper will lead the development of an innovative crowd-sourcing platform to be used in the Scent pilot sites for monitoring land use change. They will steer the analysis of requirements and platform design, features development and integration activities as well as the activities that will enable the customisation of the platform at the pilot sites. Furthermore, U-Hopper will lead the exploitation and sustainability activities aimed at maximising the ability of partners to jointly achieve a long-standing impact on science, technology and society. With extensive experience in the analysis of requirements for ICT-centric projects, U-Hopper will also lead the identification and analysis of requirements for the Scent toolbox.

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