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Maximizing the Exploitation of Linked Open Data In Enterprise and Science

Gisat is a member of the European consortia working in the MELODIES project that focuses on diverse sources of Open Data to develop new applications and technologies using the latest technologies in cloud computing and data-handling.

The outputs of the project will be eight new environmental services built using Open Data. These are products and/or applications that span a range of domains including agriculture, urban ecosystems, land use management, marine information, desertification, crisis management and hydrology. A different organisation leads the development of each of these applications, building on previous experiences in their sector. The MELODIES project is also building the technical foundation underneath each of these services. The project will build a collaborative platform providing cloud computing, Linked Data and visualization components that the services can exploit and assemble, reducing technical barriers to development and deployment.

Gisat is responsible for the Urban ecosystem accounting service, which focuses on the practical implementation of the Linked Data approach to unlock the huge potential of complex datasets from Copernicus services, the Open Data Initiative, sensors and volunteered geographic information (VGI) and deliver the knowledge to effectively support urban planning activities. An ecosystem accounting framework will be applied allowing user friendly exploration of integrated spatial and socio-economic data. A user interface will apply innovative scalable live-components concept based on recent achievements in web based data presentation, data driven documents and infographics. This service will develop methodologies, tool and services for transparent integration of huge amounts of urban related spatial and non-spatial data (including EO and Copernicus products) as linked open data in an intuitive environment for analysis and multi-criteria decision making support providing users with better insight into consequences of urban planning scenarios or development options.

MELODIES project is coordinated by the University of Reading (UK). It has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2013-2016). For more information please visit project web site

Gisat provides wide range of geoinformation services based on Earth Observation technology. It focuses on operational application of satellite mapping to monitor various aspects of our environment and development of dedicated web based platforms for geoinformation analysis and assessment Web // E-mail // Tel:+420 271741935 // Fax: +420 271741936