What is MYGEOSS
MYGEOSS is a two-year project (2015-16) by the European Commission to develop GEOSS-based (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) smart Internet applications informing European citizens on the changes affecting their local environment. A few applications will be developed in-house by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, but the majority will be developed through three open calls for innovative ideas.
The implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of System (GEOSS) by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has triggered a considerable shift regarding the access to Earth observation data (EO) in promoting full and open access to both remote sensing and in-situ observation data all around the world. This trend represents a huge opportunity for business development in the context of a growing digital economy.
The exploitation of the data freely available through GEOSS will take place in a global competitive economy. However, today, the European Earth observation market is rather limited in size and conventional in terms of applications (e.g. mapping, surveillance, scientific applications). With few exceptions, it mainly concerns a limited number of institutional users (civil protection, climatic issues and weather forecast, etc.). Moreover, two surveys carried out by the JRC in the framework of the FP7 GEOWOW project (www.geowow.eu) indicate that the awareness of European geo-SMEs about GEOSS in general, and the GEOSS Data-CORE in particular is extremely limited partly because GEOSS has so far mainly addressed government organisations, and only recently (GEO Plenary 2014) there has been a clear indication of the need to reach out also to the private sector.
With this in mind, the European Commission has launched MYGEOSS to involve European SMEs more in GEOSS and harness the opportunities of using full and open access data contained in the GEOSS Data-CORE. Moreover, there are opportunities to stimulate demand by involving citizen science projects, citizen observatories, and the public at large via mobile applications based on EO products and services.