ENVIP at the ECSA General Assembly 2015

Flash news: final program now available from the ECSA web page : here!!!

ENVIP is an initiative that started in 2010 to encourage projects and activities within Environmental Information Systems and Services to share results and experiences related to Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms. The first ENVIP workshop during EnviroInfo 2010 in Bonn (Germany) provided a foundation for comparing and relating results and experiences from various projects. This was continued by a special ENVIP session during ISESS 2011 in Brno (Czech Republic) and an ENVIP’2013 workshop at ISESS 2013 in Neusiedl am See (Austria). We now follow this up with an ENVIP'2015 workshop in conjunction with the ECSA General Assembly in Barcelona (Spain), on October 28-30, 2015.

The intention of the ENVIP'2015 workshop is to demonstrate and document the current state of projects and activities in this area, and to publish short papers for this as a CEUR proceedings, similar to what has been done for the two CEUR proceedings of ENVIP in the past:

The ENVIP'2015 activities focus on infrastructures and platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data. The activities are being embedded into the agenda for the General Assembly of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Barcelona, Spain, in the areas of Citizen Science safari, market place and discussion groups.. The program of the assembly is available from the ECSA website – with these agenda areas planned for from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 October 2015 (details here).

Open call for contributions

Recent technological advances, such as mobile internet, smart phones and the Internet of Things (IoT), resulted in an unprecedented wealth and diversity of data. Big Data, i.e. tailored knowledge extraction from these new sources, became popular in almost all sectors of industry and research. Especially user-generated Web content from crowd sensing provides new and sometimes unique sources of environmental information. The integration and application of these sources – often termed crowdsourced Geographic Information or Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) – creates a novel inter-disciplinary research area involving diversified topics across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

EU-funded COST actions, such as ENERGIC (IC1203) or Mapping and the Citizen Sensor (TD1202) already contribute to this research field. The FP7-funded Citizens' Observatories projects, Citclops, CITI-SENSE, COBWEB, Omniscientis and WeSenseIt, collectively develop novel technologies and applications in the domain of Earth Observation and citizens’ involvement, aiming at crowd sensing of observations in various domains such as air quality, water quality, flooding, land use and biodiversity. A new set of Citizens' Observatories is now proposed as part of the Horizon 2020 call SC-5 in order to ensure further development, testing and demonstration in real conditions. All together, these activities help to quickly advance the theoretical underpinnings of Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data, but also propose new methods and tools for data capture, information extraction and knowledge creation.

ENVIP'2015 in Barcelona particularly address the technologies, technical infrastructures, platforms and services that are originated or used by these projects. We are especially interested in exploring the synergies between ongoing efforts, the exchange of lessons learned and potentially required standardisation work to ensure interoperability of the developed solutions. Accordingly, this half-day event intends to bring together architects and developers working on crowd sensing infrastructures, architectures and platforms and related Environmental Big Data including sensing data through the IoT.

In order to provide a rich diversity of contributions, we offer the following three modes of presentation:

  1. Safari workshop session: hands-on activities around the neighborhood in several groups using public transport (Poblenou, Sant Adrià, seafront).
  2. Market place workshop session: present Citizen Science projects on posters/flyers.
  3. Discussion group workshop session: present Citizen Science projects/relevant topics in an oral presentation with slides

In order to submit your contribution, please submit a short paper (up to 6-8 pages) (following the guidelines of the International Journal for Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJDSIR), and including one or more of the targeted outlets: SAFARI, MARKET PLACE, or ORAL PRESENTATION) using the EasyChair submission system before 15 October 2015.

Please also note that your participation requires (free) registration for the event for planning purposes, using this link.

The contributions will be reviewed by at least two members of the Program Committee and will be provided to the workshop participants, while the final proceedings will be compiled shortly after. We plan to publish the CEUR proceedings before the end of the year. In parallel, participants of the Barcelona event will be invited to contribute to a special issue of IJDSIR on Citizen Data Science (see announcement here). This collection of full scientific papers shall then reflect the latest state of play with respect to Environmental Crowd Sensing, Citizens Observatories and Big Data and point to the required research for the years to come. Taking the workshop contributions as a starting point, the full-scientific papers of the IJSDIR special issue on Citizen Data Science shall reflect the discussions at the meeting, and provide the theoretical underpinnings of the presented work. Submissions to IJSDIR are expected by Friday, 15 January 2016.

Relevant topics

  • Infrastructures and platforms for Citzen Observatories and Citizen Science
  • Citizens Observatories in practice and related challenges
  • Crowd sourcing Environmental information
  • Big Environmental Data
  • Ontologies and data models for Citizens Science
  • APIs, Services and data management of Citizen Science data
  • Apps and App frameworks for Citizens Science
  • Sensor platforms for Citizens Science, including DIY
  • Visualisation for Citizen Science
  • Privacy and Security in Citizen Science
  • ….

Expected audience

The target audience includes representatives of relevant projects and activities on Citizens Observatories, Crows sensing and Big data, as well as public authorities involved in data production or in the development of environmental information systems, people involved in ongoing initiatives (e.g. citizenship, community mapping, environmental monitoring), young researchers and doctoral students, academia, other organizations which can benefit from crowd sensing results (e.g. participatory mapping for development-oriented interventions), citizens (user generated content is an enabling technology to exchange information with others), teachers, Web operators, IT companies and public institutions that, for different purposes, make use of geographic information.

The typical attendee is assumed to be involved in the development or use of the infrastructures, architectures, apps, or platforms for Crowd Sensing, Citizens’ Observatories and Environmental Big Data.


  • Arne J. Berre, SINTEF, Norway
  • Sven Schade, EC-JRC, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Jaume Piera, CSIC, Spain

Program Committee

  • Arne J. Berre, SINTEF, Norway
  • Steffen Fritz, IIASA
  • Carlos Granell, University Jaume I, Spain
  • Alexander Kotsev, EC-JRC, Italy
  • Frank Ostermann, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Jaume Piera, CSIC, Spain
  • Elena Roglia, EC-JRC, Itay
  • Cristina Rosales Sánchez, EC-JRC, Itay
  • Linda See, IIASA
  • Sven Schade, EC-JRC, Italy
  • others t.b.c.
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