Joint Research Centre
Digital Earth Lab

Context and challenge

MYGEOSS ilaunched three open calls 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 included but was not limited to the Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone ( GEOSS Data-CORE ) 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 these call were on developing applications of European relevance that 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 were also considered providing they addressed broad environmental or social themes across geographic scales. 

Conditions for entry

Any legal entity from the 28 EU member states plus the countries associated to Horizon 2020 could participate.

It was 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.  it was 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 had to provide evidence verifying the conditions of full and open access, e.g. applicable licences or licensing agreements. In cases where crowd-generated data were used, it was equally the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that informed consent for their reuse was obtained, and that all legal requirements on data protection and privacy were met.

The Evaluation Criteria

The entries were evaluated by an international panel co-chaired by the European Commission Joint Research 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 included 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.
All applications needed to address clearly the following four questions:

  • What is the proposed app going to do?
  • Which data sets will it use?
  • If parts of the app are already developed, how does the proposal add value?
  • Which are the advantages of the proposed app compared to already existing ones?

The Awards

The best applicants were awarded contracts by the JRC for a maximum of € 13.500 to develop the applications further, and take them to the stage of first public release within 3 months of signing the contracts. The winners were also  invited to present their applications during MYGEOSS workshops.  This  gave visibility to the winning teams and provided opportunities for further development. Travel and daily allowance was supported by the European Commission for 1 person from each winning team. 

Ownership of the Results

Documentation and source code delivered to the European Commission (EC) at the end of the contract will be published by the EC 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.
To ensure reuse, the successful applicants who sign a contract with the JRC to develop their application agreed to transfer the full ownership of the results to the European Union (EU), including copyrights and other intellectual property rights. Due acknowledgement of the developers names and logos will of course be provided.
Since the entire source code has to be released under EUPL, it iwas 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 had 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