[open-sustainability] Call for development of innovative applications (mobile or web-based) using open data for environmental and social needs

Jack Townsend jack at jacktownsend.net
Sat Apr 25 17:13:17 UTC 2015

MYGEOSS First Call For Innovative Apps in the environmental and social domains.
http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/call.cfm <http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/call.cfm>

Context and challenge
MYGEOSS is launching an open call for development of innovative applications (mobile or web-based) using openly available or crowd-generated data in different domains addressing citizens’ needs. The pool of open data for use includes but is not limited to the Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone ( GEOSS Data-CORE  <http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/index.cfm#dcore>) made available by the Group on Earth observation (GEO) through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), as well as open data from EU-funded projects.
The Focus
The focus of this call will be on developing applications of European relevance that will provide users with quantitative or qualitative information on the changing environment, e.g. change detection in climate, biodiversity, water bodies, coastal areas, built environment, green areas, forestry, agricultural land and crops, and atmospheric composition. Other areas of application will be considered providing they address broad environmental or social themes across geographic scales.
The Evaluation Criteria
The entries will be evaluated by an international panel co-chaired by the European Commission Joint Reasearch Centre (JRC) and Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and including representatives of the public and private sectors and academia. Criteria for evaluation for the application will include relevance for use in Europe, ease of use of the apps for non-expert users, innovative characteristics of the proposed application, contribution to environmental or social objectives including active citizen participation in data collection and analysis, portability on different platforms, scalability, and ease of translation in different languages. Applications relying on dynamic databases with relevant update, and demonstrating sustainability over time will be particularly encouraged.
The Awards
The 10 best applicants will be awarded contracts by the JRC for a maximum of € 14.000 to develop the applications further, and take them to the stage of first public release within 3 months of signing the contracts. The winners will also be invited to present their applications to the GEO Plenary meeting in Mexico City during the week of the 9-13 November 2015. This will give visibility to the winning teams as the GEO Plenary and Ministerial Conference will be attended by senior representatives of 97 countries, 87 international organisations and the private sector. Travel and daily allowance will be supported by the European Commission for 1 person from each winning team.
Conditions for entry
Any legal entity* (individuals or companies) can participate. It is mandatory that the data used for the proposed applications are available under the conditions of full and open access with no restrictions for reuse except for the obligation to the source of the input data. If data used are not part of the GEOSS Data CORE, data from EU-funded projects, or other openly available or crowd-generated data that comply with the sharing and use conditions of the GEOSS Data-CORE <http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/index.cfm#dcore>, it is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that such data are in fact provided under the conditions of full and open access. In such cases the applicants must provide evidence verifying the conditions of full and open access, e.g. applicable licences or licensing agreements. In cases where crowd-generated data are used, it is equally the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that informed consent for their reuse is obtained, and the data are suitably anonymised to avoid breaches of privacy or confidentiality.
Ownership of the Results
Successful applicants who sign a contract with the JRC to develop their application must agree to transfer the full ownership of the results to the European Union (EU), including copyrights and other intellectual property rights. Documentation and source code delivered to the European Commission at the end of the contract will be made available as open source software using EU Public License (EUPL). This will allow further development of the applications in the future, even for commercial purposes, as long as the original source code remains open. Since the entire source code has to be released under EUPL, it is the responsibility of the contractors to ensure that the developed applications are cleared of any IPR belonging to third parties. All the data used in the app have to be provided under the conditions of full and open access.
Sample Data
A subset of GEOSS Data CORE resources for each of the topic areas addressed by GEOSS with direct links to their data services is available here <http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/files/Mygeoss_selected_1.xls>
Launch of the call 18 March
Deadline for submitting application concept, prototype, or user story (e.g. as document, slide presentation or video): 30 April
Selection and notification of winning applications: 15 May
Registration to EC database of experts: 30 May
Contracts with JRC signed: 15 July
Apps delivered to JRC with documentation: 30 September
Testing by JRC and user panels: October
Presentation to GEO Plenary in Mexico City: 9-13 November (exact dates to be confirmed)
For more information see http://digitalearthlab.eu/mygeoss <http://digitalearthlab.eu/mygeoss>
Submissions <http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/mygeoss/submit.cfm> will be open from 25 March to 30 April 2015. 
Maximum Size 8MB
Point of contact: Massimo.Craglia at jrc.ec.europa.eu <mailto:Massimo.Craglia at jrc.ec.europa.eu>

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