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Meeting on development and sharing of open geodata

18 January 2023 @ 9h45 - 17h00

Open geodata is the idea that certain geospatial and Earth Observation (EO) data should be freely available to everyone to use, re-use and redistribute without restrictions like copyright or patents, but with requirements such as attribution and share- alike. It is considered a best practice for modern geo-information and EO research in line with Open Science and FAIR principles. However, developing easily accessible (e.g. cloud-optimised) and re-usable (big) geospatial datasets, and sharing them “effectively” with the research community and other stakeholders is challenging and usually requires a team effort including researchers, research software engineers, technology advisors, and community managers.

Collaboration between research institutions to share technical and practical know-how on best practices, as well as lessons learned while developing and sharing open geodata, supports such efforts and helps in developing an open data culture for open research and development communities. The meeting on “Development and Sharing of Open Geodata” aims to initiate such a collaboration between ITC and OpenGeoHub, by bringing both institutions together to present state-of-the-art research activities with a focus on open geodata, discuss the needs and challenges, and pursue collaboration opportunities especially to produce joint datasets and software.

OpenGeoHub is an independent research foundation (a DeepTech organisation) with 20 staff, primarily data scientists and technical experts, located at the Agro Business Park in Wageningen. It focuses on promoting open data and open source software solutions to support regional and global projects, currently leads the Open Earth Monitor and Eco Data Cube, and is also involved in the Land Carbon Lab project led by WRI.

Live streaming will be available at https://www.itc.nl/live/ during the event.


Registration is required to attend the mini-symposium. For registration please fill-in the registration form.


9:45 – 9:55

Welcome and opening (Prof. Dr. Freek D. van der Meer, Dean ITC) (TBC)

9:55 – 10:20

Presentation on OpenGeoHub Foundation and its open geodata activities (Dr. Tomislav Hengl, Director OpenGeoHub Foundation)
15 min presentation + 10 min Q&A

10:20 – 10:45

ITC and 4 Profiling Themes
Presentation on ITC and its 4 profiling themes (Prof. Dr. Karin Pfeffer, Portfolio Holder Research ITC)
15 min presentation + 10 min Q&A

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Presentations of ITC and OpenGeoHub projects

15 min presentation + 5 min Q&A for each project.
10 min plenary Q&A.

12:30 – 13:30


13:40 – 15:20

Presentations of ITC and OpenGeoHub projects

  • AI4SoilHealth: accelerating collection and use of soil health information using AI technology to support the Soil Deal for Europe and EU Soil Observatory (Dr. Ichsani Wheeler, OpenGeoHub)
  • Open geospatial data publication at ITC (Masoome Shariat, ITC-FB)

15 min presentation + 5 min Q&A for each project.
5 min plenary Q&A.

14:15 – 14:45

Plenary Discussion
Needs and Challenges of Developing and Sharing Open Geospatial Datasets

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00

PhD’s in the Spotlight
Lightning presentations of PhD candidates with a focus on datasets that will be developed during their studies.

  • Space-time modeling of vegetation in a changing environment (Carmelo Bonannella, OpenGeoHub)
  • Big and Useful Maps: Land use / land cover classification with high thematic depth (Martijn Witjes, OpenGeoHub)
  • Mapping land potential / tracking land degradation using EO data (Julia Hackländer, OpenGeoHub)
  • Building soil indicator data cubes using pan-EU soil databases (Xuemeng Tian, OpenGeoHub)
  • TBD (ITC)
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5 min presentation + 2 min Q&A for each PhD candidate.
5 min plenary Q&A

16:00 – 17:00



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