< What is VGI & Citizens' Observatories Hackathon />

The “VGI & Citizens’ Observatories Hackathon” is the very first hackathon taking place as part of an INSPIRE conference. It sustains and develops the unique European Citizens’ Observatories concept as a forceful tool in environmental management and public participation.

The hackathon aims to transfer results from the 5 first Citizens Observatories (Citclops, CITI-SENSE, WeSenseIt, CobWeb, Omniscientis)  to the new suite of citizens observatories (GROW, SCENT, Ground Truth 2.0, LandSense) so that they can benefit from the work done and further develop the results. In addition to make use of existing tools, it is also a goal to combine data from various sources, including those provided by the current Citizens Observatories, Copernicus, GEOSS, and INSPIRE, as well as data collected and produced in the MyGEOSS apps and the EU projects Foodie, SDI4Apps, Open Transport Net, etc.

The objective of the first INSPIRE hackathon is to end up with
i) concrete proposals of re-using the outcomes of previous research projects and already available data sets to the benefit of new Citizen Observatories;
ii) a set of additions to the Citizens’ Observatories toolkit; and
iii) a prototype data model that can be used across the current and future Citizens’ Observatories and other citizen science initiatives.


< The Resources />

The INSPIRE/ENVIP Hackathon is powered by a number of European projects and international data resources. 3 of the pioneering Citizens' observatories, CITI-SENSE, WeSenseIt, and CobWeb will be there working together with 3 contributing EU projects; SDI4Apps, Open Transport Net, and Foodie. A 4th Citizens' obervatory CitClops will also be part of this hackathon. Thus a very resourceful group of hackers with various backgrounds will be in Barcelona and also participate remotely. You are cordially invited if you are already a part of this community.
You are equally welcome if you are new to this as well. 

Citizens' Observatories

Pioneering & New 

Supporting Projects

Foodie - SDI4Apps - OTN

Free Tools & Data

GEOSS - Copernicus - INSPIRE

< The Challenges />

We have identified three main challenges for this hackathon. The work under each challenge will be divided in sub-themes and smaller teams will be established. All challenges and team work is interlinked and in between the team's working sessions there will be presentations and opportunities to communicate across the teams.

Challenge 1

How might future environmental management and public participation be improved by re-using already available data and tools?

SEPTEMBER 26 - 27, 2016

Challenge 2

How can the 4 new Citizens’ observatories as well as next generations of observatories re-use and tailor the tools developed in the 5 first Citizens’ Observatories (in particular the soon ending CITI-SENSE, WeSenseIt and CobWeb projects), and related projects like SDI4Apps, FOODIE and Open Transport Net?

SEPTEMBER 26 - 27, 2016

Challenge 3

Based on use cases from the 4 new Citizens’ Observatories, how can data from a variety of data sources be made interoperable and integrated as information answering concrete environmental issues, such as maintaining biodiversity, healht, improve waste re-use, prevent flooding, reduce noise, ensure dark nights, etc ?

SEPTEMBER 26 - 27, 2016