SETA – ubiquitous data and service ecosystem for better metropolitan mobility
I was the Project Coordinator of the €170,000 Crowd4Sat – Crowdsourcing for Observations from Satellites project which was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). Crowd4Sat consisted of 3 official partners (University of Sheffield, Starlab Limited and e-GEOS SpA) along with 2 demonstration project owners (Alto Adriatico Water Authority and The Floow) and 1 technology provider (AizoOn). The objective of Crowd4Sat was to investigate the different facets of how crowdsourcing and citizen science impacts upon the validation, use and enhancement of ESA Observations from Satellites (OS) products and services, as well as how the ESA products can be used in crowdsourcing. It ran from 1 Feb 2015 until 31 March 2016.
I also work in the WeSenseIt project, a €6.2 million four year European Framework 7 funded project which develops citizen observatories of water to harness environmental data and knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage water resources. Observatories allow citizens and communities to take on a new role in the information chain: a shift from the traditional one-way communication paradigm towards a two-way communication model in which citizens become active stakeholders in information capturing, evaluation and communication. Areas of research concern physical and social sensors, heterogeneous sensor networks and water models, and methods for participatory decision support in water management. Citizen and stakeholder groups are involved throughout the project; theoretical and conceptual social models are developed to better understand citizen motivation and engagement, their needs, abilities, preferences and potential for input into decision-making processes.