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COBWEB Project: Overall Project Status and Deliverables

Overview of the COBWEB project "big picture" and where along the development timeline the project team are currently.

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COBWEB Project: Overall Project Status and Deliverables

  1. 1. COBWEB PROJECT Overall Project Status and Deliverables (and WP1) 2nd Project Review, Brussels Project Coordinator: University of Edinburgh Chris Higgins chris.higgins@ed.ac.uk 3 February 2016
  2. 2. Big Picture • Explosion in availability of smartphones and tablets equals great potential for “citizens as sensors” • How to make the data gathered usable? • What quality measures are needed? • How to reduce uncertainty? • How can crowdsourced environmental data aid decision making? • How can our crowdsourced data be conflated with reference data and be deployed in standards based Spatial Data Infrastructures?
  3. 3. Project characteristics 1. Project started 1st Nov, 2012 and runs for 4 years • Currently at Month 40 of 48 2. An “SME Targeted Collaborative” project • 30% EU contribution to SMEs 2. Develop 'citizens' observatories’ • Mobilise citizens • Emphasised during Grant Negotiation • “Co-design” fund established 2. A research project doing innovative work • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making
  4. 4. Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) TRL 1 Basic principles observed and reported 2 Technology concept and/or application formulated 3 Active R&D initiated Experimental proof of concept 4 Technology validation within a laboratory environment 5 Technology validation in relevant environment 6 Demonstration in a relevant environment 7 Demonstration in an operational environment 8 Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration 9 Actual system proven through successful mission operations
  5. 5. Project characteristics Mainly medium to high TRLs Requires high TRLs By definition, lower TRLs 1. Project started 1st Nov, 2012 and runs for 4 years • Currently at Month 40 of 48 2. An “SME Targeted Collaborative” project • 30% EU contribution to SMEs 2. Develop 'citizens' observatories’ • Mobilise citizens • Emphasised during Grant Negotiation • “Co-design” fund established 2. A research project doing innovative work • Crowdsourced environmental data to aid decision making
  6. 6. Some Key COBWEB Successes • Open geospatial interoperability standards to enable citizens as sensors • SWE for Citizen Science (SWE4CS) • Quality assurance and conflation of authoritative with crowdsourced data • Heterogeneous sensors embedded in the environment • Use of Access Management Federations on mobile devices, advances in security/privacy • Pioneered a unique co-design process
  7. 7. Project Partners
  8. 8. 14 Partner Organisations No. Full Name Short Name 1 University of Edinburgh UEDIN 2 University of Nottingham UNOTT 3 Aberystwyth University AU 4 Welsh Government WELSH GOV 5 Environment Systems Ltd ENVSYS 6 Partneriaeth Eco Dyffryn Dyfi Eco Valley Partnership Ecodyfi 7 Open Geospatial Consortium (Europe) Ltd OGCE 8 University College Dublin UCD 9 Technische Universitaet Dresden TUD 10 Secure Dimensions GmbH SECD 11 University of Patras UPATRAS 12 Oikom Environmental Studies Ltd OIKOM 13 GeoCat BV GeoCat 14 Open Geospatial Consortium Inc OGC
  9. 9. 9 Work Packages WP Title Lead 1 Contract and project management UEDIN 2 Stakeholder engagement WG 3 Citizen observatory framework UCD 4 Citizen observatory mobile data collection, validation and quality system UNOTT 5 Privacy assurance and access management SECD 6 Demonstrator Development UCD 7 Data and knowledge management UEDIN 8 Testing and validation ENVSYS 9 Dissemination, exploitation and usage ENVSYS
  10. 10. UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves Sites of excellence to foster harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participation, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction and human well-being improvements, cultural values and society's ability to cope with change, thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals
  11. 11. COBWEB Biosphere Reserves Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere Mount Olympus Gorge of Samaria Wadden See & Hallig islands
  12. 12. Essential Context - GEOSS • COBWEB works within the GEOSS framework • common methodologies and standards for data archiving, discovery and access • Section on collaboration with GEOSS and FP7- ENV-2012 cluster projects added to project description • “Data collected should be made available through the GEOSS without any restrictions” • But, we must address privacy questions…
  13. 13. COBWEB is not a collection of Apps… A number of demonstrator mobile phone applications • Exactly what, deliberately left open and subject to discussion with community 3 pilot case study areas: 1. Validating earth observation products 2. Biological monitoring 3. Flooding
  14. 14. COBWEB Framework
  15. 15. • Achievements by T0+36 versus project objectives • Review of deliverables and milestones • Problems faced, corrective actions taken • Follow-up of the recommendations of the first review
  16. 16. Big Picture (Month 40 of 48): where we are in the project… • Month 24: Milestone 3: – First Welsh demonstrator completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 36: Milestone 4 (MS4): – Field testing of first demonstrator completed • Month 41: Milestone 5 (MS5): – Greek and German demonstrators completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 46: Milestone 6 (MS6): – Field testing of Greek and German demonstrators completed
  17. 17. Brussels Dec 2014 (M26) events • 3rd Dec: Second Technical Workshop of Citizens Observatories • 4th Dec: Open Conference: Citizens Observatories: Empowering European Society • First live public demonstration of our software working • COBWEB has 4 main strengths: 1. Built from security layer upwards 2. Co-design 3. Quality control 4. Strong, balanced consortium
  18. 18. Big Picture (Month 40 of 48): where we are in the project… • Month 24: Milestone 3: – First Welsh demonstrator completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 36: Milestone 4 (MS4): – Field testing of first demonstrator completed • Month 41: Milestone 5 (MS5): – Greek and German demonstrators completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 46: Milestone 6 (MS6): – Field testing of Greek and German demonstrators completed
  19. 19. Co-Design “…a product, service, or organization development process where design professionals empower, encourage, and guide users to develop solutions for themselves.” Wikipedia
  20. 20. Co-design activity during 2015 field season
  21. 21. Objectives & Scope for the Co-Design sub-projects 1. Engage in dialogue with members of the COBWEB consortium to assist in the design of apps, and to assist in identifying further user requirements 2. Use the generic COBWEB apps to address specific needs within your project or area of expertise, and advise us on adaptations to these apps 3. Arrange and manage groups of citizens in field testing COBWEB app(s) in the Dyfi Biosphere area
  22. 22. Co-Design Balancing Act • Validating our concept of Citizen Observatory • Testing the software • But, research and development continues in parallel • However, we do recognise some components need to be of higher TRL • But, this is a research and development project – Don’t have all the answers – Don’t know exactly where we are going to end up
  23. 23. Big Picture (Month 40 of 48): where we are in the project… • Month 24: Milestone 3: – First Welsh demonstrator completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 36: Milestone 4 (MS4): – Field testing of first demonstrator completed • Month 41: Milestone 5 (MS5): – Greek and German demonstrators completed and ready for testing in the field • Month 46: Milestone 6 (MS6): – Field testing of Greek and German demonstrators completed
  24. 24. Greek Demonstrator Activity • Mount Olympus – School fieldtrips – School exchange organised between Litohoro and Ysgol Bro Hyddgen • Further co-design • Explore exploitation opportunities • Additional WNBR engagement, UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network • Samaria Gorge – MEET project (Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism) – School fieldtrips – Greek Mountaineering Club of Chania • Activity extended to two Natura 2000 sites
  25. 25. German Demonstrator Activity • Focus on creating a toolkit that can be used by any crowdsourcing project to link and combine their observations with external data on the Web, eg, GBIF, Naturgucker, BürgerSchaffenWissen and Artenfinder projects • Data collection, extended to: – Wattenmeer National Park (Nordeney Island) – Oberlausitzer Heide und Teichlandschaft’ Biosphere Reserve in Saxony
  26. 26. • Achievements by T0+36 versus project objectives • Review of deliverables and milestones • Problems faced, corrective actions taken • Follow-up of the recommendations of the first review
  27. 27. Grant Agreement Amendment Dec 2015 #1 of 5 Established OGC as an additional beneficiary 1.1st July, 2014. OGC-Europe constituted so that staff employed directly in Europe 2.Prior to this date was technically OGC US based staff on project though located in Europe 3.Transition seamless and no significant impact on COBWEB
  28. 28. Grant Agreement Amendment Dec 2015 #2 of 5 Restructured WP6 tasks 1.Change emphasis from additional partner and working in a non-EU Biosphere Reserve (T6.5: Additional demonstrator non-EU) 2.Focus on QA/QC/conflation 3.Strengthen European dimension 4.Additional outreach activities beyond EU
  29. 29. Grant Agreement Amendment Dec 2015 #3 of 5 Changed milestone dates: MS Name Original delivery date Amended delivery date 1 Design Forum 5 5 2 Implementation #1 12 12 3 Initial Welsh demonstration 24 24 4 Implementation #2 30 36 5 Greek and German demonstration 36 41 6 Final release 45 46
  30. 30. Grant Agreement Amendment Dec 2015 #4 of 5 Deliverable related changes (44 total, 25 submitted, 10 accepted, 15 under review) 1.Changes to dissemination levels 2.Changes to delivery dates 3.Two new deliverables (versions of the Functional Architecture) added: D3.10 (v2), D3.11 (v3) 4.D6.5 (Additional demonstrator non-EU) removed
  31. 31. Grant Agreement Amendment Dec 2015 #5 of 5 Reallocation of Person Months per partner per Work Package 1.Total PM’s per partner mostly unaltered • WP2 increased • WP7 reduced • WP8 reduced 1.GeoCat effort increased to 80PMs 2.NUID UCD released 6PM to UEDIN to address high priority issues identified by reviewers
  32. 32. Consumption of Resources – Person Months DoW Orig DoW Amend M36 Planned M36 Actual Dev % WP1 61 61 45.75 51.93 13.51% WP2 122 193 144.74 128.64 -11.12% WP3 121.4 155.4 116.55 115.19 -1.17% WP4 104 103 77.25 67.4 -12.75% WP5 52.7 53.7 40.28 34.9 -13.35% WP6 119 134.94 101.21 100.51 -0.69% WP7 89.8 44.8 33.6 34.29 2.05% WP8 128 98 73.5 70.65 -3.88% WP9 97 107 80.25 75.48 -5.94% TOTAL 894.9 950.84 713.12 677.55 -4.9%
  33. 33. • Achievements by T0+36 versus project objectives • Review of deliverables and milestones • Problems faced, corrective actions taken • Follow-up of the recommendations of the first review
  34. 34. July 2014 Technical Review – Summary of summary Comment Corrective measures Use existing ontologies Use INSPIRE tooling Interoperate with existing i/f Bio Records WG, UKEOF, Co-Design sub-projects Strengthen European dimension Other BR’s, Greece/Germany, Urdaibai, EuroMAB Empower citizens Co-design sub-projects More outreach WP9 change in emphasis, engage with OPAL Strengthen ethical considerations Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Pay attention to health and safety Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Address gender imbalance Discuss at WP2, use social media Build in training Co-Design sub-projects, liaise with OPAL More on quality assurance/control Continue and expand Engage broader demographic Co-Design sub-projects More attention on resource use At various fora, eg, Project Board, WP Leader meetings Consider sustainability more Co-Design sub-projects, OPAL, UKEOF, OSGeo Engage public sector more Use INSPIRE, Co-Design sub-projects Non-EU engagement lacking UNESCO Use social media more Expand Get general public involved Use Co-Design sub-projects and plan for 2016
  35. 35. OPen Air Laboratories (OPAL) network • Led by Imperial College London • Founded European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) • Memorandum of Understanding • Packaged Tree Health survey into COBWEB App • Demonstrated at OPAL Partners meeting Nov 2015 – May use for data collection Berlin in May in association with ECSA conference • Submitted H2020 proposal together
  36. 36. July 2014 Technical Review – Summary of summary Comment Corrective measures Use existing ontologies Use INSPIRE tooling Interoperate with existing i/f Bio Records WG, UKEOF, Co-Design sub-projects Strengthen European dimension Other BR’s, Greece/Germany, Urdaibai, EuroMAB Empower citizens Co-design sub-projects More outreach WP9 change in emphasis, engage with OPAL Strengthen ethical considerations Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Pay attention to health and safety Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Address gender imbalance Discuss at WP2, use social media Build in training Co-Design sub-projects, liaise with OPAL More on quality assurance/control Continue and expand Engage broader demographic Co-Design sub-projects More attention on resource use At various fora, eg, Project Board, WP Leader meetings Consider sustainability more Co-Design sub-projects, OPAL, UKEOF, OSGeo Engage public sector more Use INSPIRE, Co-Design sub-projects Non-EU engagement lacking UNESCO Use social media more Expand Get general public involved Use Co-Design sub-projects and plan for 2016
  37. 37. Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Basque country • Collaboration agreement between Dyfi and Urdaibai BR’s being built on • Meeting in Guernica on 30th Apr, 2015 • Attended Citizen Science workshop Vitorio Sept 2015 • Ongoing dialogue with Miren Onaindia, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable development and environmental education, Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao
  38. 38. July 2014 Technical Review – Summary of summary Comment Corrective measures Use existing ontologies Use INSPIRE tooling Interoperate with existing i/f Bio Records WG, UKEOF, Co-Design sub-projects Strengthen European dimension Other BR’s, Greece/Germany, Urdaibai, EuroMAB Empower citizens Co-design sub-projects More outreach WP9 change in emphasis, engage with OPAL Strengthen ethical considerations Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Pay attention to health and safety Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Address gender imbalance Discuss at WP2, use social media Build in training Co-Design sub-projects, liaise with OPAL More on quality assurance/control Continue and expand Engage broader demographic Co-Design sub-projects More attention on resource use At various fora, eg, Project Board, WP Leader meetings Consider sustainability more Co-Design sub-projects, OPAL, UKEOF, OSGeo Engage public sector more Use INSPIRE, Co-Design sub-projects Non-EU engagement lacking UNESCO Use social media more Expand Get general public involved Use Co-Design sub-projects and plan for 2016
  39. 39. Co-design sub-projects brought lots of opportunities • Explore interoperability with likes of NBN, LRC’s • Get a broader demographic involved • Examine ethical issues • Health and safety • Allow users to incorporate their own content • Consider sustainability options – WP9 driving co-design activity in 2016
  40. 40. July 2014 Technical Review – Summary of summary Comment Corrective measures Use existing ontologies Use INSPIRE tooling Interoperate with existing i/f Bio Records WG, UKEOF, Co-Design sub-projects Strengthen European dimension Other BR’s, Greece/Germany, Urdaibai, EuroMAB Empower citizens Co-design sub-projects More outreach WP9 change in emphasis, engage with OPAL Strengthen ethical considerations Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Pay attention to health and safety Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Address gender imbalance Discuss at WP2, use social media Build in training Co-Design sub-projects, liaise with OPAL More on quality assurance/control Continue and expand Engage broader demographic Co-Design sub-projects More attention on resource use At various fora, eg, Project Board, WP Leader meetings Consider sustainability more Co-Design sub-projects, OPAL, UKEOF, OSGeo Engage public sector more Use INSPIRE, Co-Design sub-projects Non-EU engagement lacking UNESCO Use social media more Expand Get general public involved Use Co-Design sub-projects and plan for 2016
  41. 41. Strengthen European dimension • Engagement with ECSA – Attendance at meetings – Hosting data and interoperability meeting – Running workshop at annual conference 2016 • Collaborating with the EAGLE (Eionet Action Group on Land monitoring in Europe) group – EAGLE outputs driving Validating EO products pilot case study development – Hosting 2-day workshop Edinburgh to explore collaboration opportunities • Workshop at European Man and Biosphere (EuroMAB) conference 2015, Estonia
  42. 42. July 2014 Technical Review – Summary of summary Comment Corrective measures Use existing ontologies Use INSPIRE tooling Interoperate with existing i/f Bio Records WG, UKEOF, Co-Design sub-projects Strengthen European dimension Other BR’s, Greece/Germany, Urdaibai, EuroMAB Empower citizens Co-design sub-projects More outreach WP9 change in emphasis, engage with OPAL Strengthen ethical considerations Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Pay attention to health and safety Build into app, Co-Design sub-projects Address gender imbalance Discuss at WP2, use social media Build in training Co-Design sub-projects, liaise with OPAL More on quality assurance/control Continue and expand Engage broader demographic Co-Design sub-projects More attention on resource use At various fora, eg, Project Board, WP Leader meetings Consider sustainability more Co-Design sub-projects, OPAL, UKEOF, OSGeo Engage public sector more Use INSPIRE, Co-Design sub-projects Non-EU engagement lacking UNESCO Use social media more Expand Get general public involved Use Co-Design sub-projects and plan for 2016
  43. 43. Strengthen Global dimension • Engagement with GBIF – Joint meeting Copenhagen Jan 2016 • Cit Sci ad hocs at OGC Technical Committee meetings – Sydney Dec 2015 – Washington Mar 2016 • COBWEB workshop at 4th World Conference of Biosphere Reserves, Lima, Mar 2016 • OGC-ICA-AGILE workshop AGILE 2016 ‘The Role of Geospatial Standards for Sustainable Development’ – link to UN SDG’s and Cit Sci contributions
  44. 44. Reporting Period 3 roadmap • May: Berlin, ECSA meeting. Hackathon demonstrating value of publishing to a harmonised data model, ie, SWE4CS • June: OGC-ICA-AGILE workshop. • June: OGC TC, Dublin, publish Best Practices paper: SWE4CS, metadata profile for Cit Sci • Sept: Final consortium meeting, host ECSA interoperability WG
  45. 45. Questions Thank You
  46. 46. Open Sourcing Fieldtrip GB • In 2013, UEDIN management agreed to allow COBWEB development upon an open source version of pre-existing software (Fieldtrip GB) • Refactored and made available on GitHub as Fieldtrip Open • Extended under COBWEB • Used to make rapid progress with the technical architecture • A foundation upon which to mobilise citizens • A foundation to conduct research on • Possibilities for exploitation based upon open source business models

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