The European Space Week (EUSW) will take place in Helsinki (Finland) on 3-5 December. The EUSW is an international event for European space programs in which policy makers, space experts and user communities participate. WEkEO will be present at the General Assembly and the EUS
EUSW Hackathon – Galileo and Copernicus Innovation Challenge
There will be a 48-hour hackathon hosted by the European Commission during the EU Space Week 2019. Participants will develop prototypes concerning European Emergency Apps. Some examples are location-based emergency alerts, safe routes for emergency responders, etc. WEkEO will provide access to Copernicus data and cloud infrastructure. Experts from Copernicus and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) will support participants in the development of their ideas. There will also be emergency response professionals and business coaches. WEkEO will offer on-site and remote technical support for the participants at the EUSW hackathon.
More information can be found at: https://euspaceweek.eu/programme/eusw-hackathon/
A WEkEO webinar has been prepared for the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS-yWWKsaF0
EU Space Week General Assembly
On 3rd December, WEkEO will be present at the Meet the Experts sessions that are part of the General Assembly Copernicus Relay and Academy. In these sessions, EU Space Week participants will have the chance to meet representatives of organizations related to the Copernicus ecosystem.
Find out more and register at: https://euspaceweek.eu/general-assembly/
Work with an ocean of data without getting your feet wet!
The #Oceanhack will take place in Tallinn (Estonia) on the 22-24 November 2019. The challenge is to create solutions to problems that currently affect the Baltic Sea. In order to develop their projects, participants will use Copernicus Marine data and WEkEO.
Data visualisations, hardware, mobile or web apps can be proposed. Innovative ideas that use artificial intelligence or machine learning are particularly welcomed.
This hackathon is funded by the EU Copernicus Programme and organised through a partnership of EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Service and the Estonian Environment Agency . The #OceanHack is powered by Garage48.
Find out more and register at: http://garage48.org/events/copernicus-oceanhack
On October 25th-26th a 2nd edition of the Copernicus Hackathon and Climathon will take place in two different locations in France: Toulouse and Bordeaux.
- The Climathon is focused on climate change and is part of a global event that takes place in 120 cities worldwide.
- The Copernicus Hackathon promotes the use of satellite data to develop new applications and services related to Earth Observation.
The challenges to solve are related to the following topics: Climate and Health, New Climate Risks, Urban Heat Sources, Green Travel Routes, Urban Soft Mobility, among others. In order to find solutions to these challenges, participants can rely on the experience of climate and space experts as well as business coaches. This event is organized by Aerospace Valley , EIT Climate-KIC and EPITECH . As a partner of the Copernicus Hackathon & Climathon, WEkEO provides the access to the Copernicus data and cloud infrastructure for the participants.
Find out more and register at: www.booster-nova.com/copernicushackathonclimathon/
First Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshow
On the 12th and 13th June 2019, WEkEO representatives attended the first Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshow that took place in Darmstadt (Germany) at EUMETSAT headquarters. This event was the first of a series of five roadshows that will take place in EU Member States between 2019 and 2020. The aim of these events is to promote the use of Copernicus data and its applications.
At Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows, general audiences can learn about Earth Observation and understand how the Copernicus Programme helps to protect the Earth’s environment. Participants can also be informed about business opportunities in the geospatial industry. For audiences already involved in the Earth Observation sector, Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows give them the opportunity to share their knowledge with other space data professionals and meet with experts in Copernicus related-areas. In this event there were several expo areas, business presentations, networking sessions and business cases masterclasses. WEkEO had a stand where participants could see demos on how to use WEkEO and ask questions about the DIAS.
More information and registration for future Copernicus Eyes on Earth Roadshows can be found in the following links. The second event will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (24-25 September 2019) and the third roadshow will be in Tallinn, Estonia (3-4 October 2019).
WEkEO has been developed jointly by EUMETSAT (leading cloud infrastructure and system engineering support), ECMWF (leading data access and tools) and Mercator Ocean International (leading user support, web presence and marketing). It is one of the EU Copernicus Data Information Access Services (DIAS) and is a central place to work with all Copernicus Data and Information.
WEkEO is the EU Copernicus DIAS reference service for environmental data, virtual processing environments and skilled user support. WEkEO is based on a distributed open architecture concept, federative and scalable, implemented by European industry. WEkEO responds to the requirements for the DIAS as defined by the European Commission and is funded through the Copernicus Programme. On April 16th, the ITT1 (Invitation to tender), which covers WEkEO infrastructure (where EUMETSAT is the lead) was successfully awarded.
What does the ITT1 contract entail?
The activities covered by this contract are procured by EUMETSAT in the frame of the partnership established with ECMWF and Mercator Ocean International, in the context of the implementation and operations of the WEkEO DIAS Service funded by the EU Copernicus Programme.
The scope of the contract now awarded to the two co-contractors - Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and CloudFerro - corresponds to the most significant part of the WEkEO project, in terms of functionalities, costs and related industrial activities. The following key aspects are addressed:
- Provision of computing, storage and network infrastructure called DPIs (Distributed Partner Infrastructure);
- Provision of commercial cloud services for elasticity purpose;
- Establishment of efficient network connections between infrastructure;
- Hosting of CFI elements (SW packages and tools);
- IAAS services including virtual environment functions and toolboxes;
- Web services and reference front office implementation;
- Operations and support services for WEkEO DAS;
- System administration & IT helpdesk services;
- Analysis and reporting functions.
The WEkEO DIAS aspects outside the scope of this contract will be procured by the respective partners through separate ITTs. These include:
- Data Processing & Tools;
- Engineering support services for requirements management and verification and validation (V&V) activities;
- WEkEO End User Web Portal;
- User outreach and marketing;
- User support & Helpdesk.
As part of the contract award activities, “commercial exploitation rights” were granted to the TAS consortium for the duration of the contract. This means, the contractor may define and implement additional functions and services, with the purpose to optimise the commercial exploitation of Copernicus Data and Information Services, in line with the proposed business model.
The implementation of the WEkEO Service will be largely based on existing design solutions and CFI (Customer Furnished Items) software that are imposed to the Contractor in order to secure the continuity of key design elements, interfaces and user-related functions established already with the Data Service Roadmap/Pathfinder projects and the demonstration version v0 of the WEkEO service that has been available to end users since June 2018.
Based on the project schedule, the Operational Readiness Review of the Copernicus WEkEO Services and Operations is foreseen for mid-October 2019.
The kick-off meeting was attended by EUMETSAT, representatives from the co-contractors Thales Alenia Space and CloudFerro and from the four sub-contractors: Atos, GMV, CLS and Orange.
The EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The meeting’s sessions, typically over 500, cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, as well as energy and resources.
The Copernicus Marine Service and WEkEO (an EU cloud computing platform with all the Copernicus Programme data) will have stands at the event to promote their Earth observation data and services. The goal is to raise awareness about the two services particularly amongst young scientists.This annual event attracts over 14,000 scientists from all over the world, of which more than half are early career scientists. Each annual General Assembly typically has around 4500 oral presentations, over 10,000 posters, and around 1000 presentations.
Both stands will be present from April 7-12, with multiple representatives present to answer questions and present the services. WEkEO, which is implemented by EUMETSAT, ECMWF, and Mercator Ocean, will have have representatives from the three services present.
The WEkEO Copernicus DIAS Service strives to continually deliver a user-driven service including free-of-charge products and meet user needs. We are happy to announce a new version of the WEkEO platform, providing users more products and an easier-to-use service to understand the earth environment.
As planned in our roadmap (https://www.wekeo.eu/offer), the WEkEO Copernicus DIAS Service has open since early December 2018 a new service release, including new functionalities and products to help users better understand the earth environment, to maintain a state-of-the-art portfolio, and to better meet user needs from various communities ranging from research to the public and private sector.
The main insights of the release include full availability of Satellite Sentinel-1 and 2 products, in addition to the already available Sentinel-3 data. This was possible thanks to the WEkEO collaboration with EODC (Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring) based in Austria. EODC benefits from the WEkEO federated offer and is sharing with WEkEO its improved Sentinel-1 and -2 data archive for the benefits of all WEkEO’s users.
Moreover, the service now offers an updated user interface: the fruitful interaction and feedbacks from the numerous WEkEO’s pilot users have allowed us to improve our API functionalities, our documentation, our Harmonised Data Access tool, to better fulfil our user’s needs. Our WEkEO DIAS is currently in a demonstration phase, and is proudly built in collaboration with our pilot user constructive feedbacks and with their user-driven mindset.
Next release will take place on January 2019 and will provide with more products and better functionalities.