DW Innovation has joined a new, large-scale H2020 project that aims to bridge the gap between Copernicus DIAS providers and users of next-level digital applications.
Just in case you are struggling to understand what that means exactly, it is probably helpful to take a couple of steps back and offer a bit of context:
Copernicus is the EU’s earth observation (EO) program. Formerly known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), it has been around for more than two decades and provides a lot of heterogeneous, complicated data. Data that is hard to digest for a lot of stakeholders. In order to make it more accessible, the EU has thus created five internet platforms, namely CREODIAS, mundi, ONDA, sobloo, and WEkEO. Together, they are known as the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS).
And this is where CALLISTO comes into play: The project is about establishing a new link between the ONDA DIAS and users/novel applications for the Copernicus market. CALLISTO aims to combine all sorts of data (including crowdsourced data, drone videos, and sensors) through Artificial Intelligence (AI), distributed computing, data fusion, and semantics. Furthermore, the project plans to experiment with immersive/extended reality (XR) media solutions to enable virtual presence and/or situation awareness (s. XR4DRAMA).
CALLISTO features a number of pilot use cases, one of which is about satellite journalism – and managed by DW. Within the large consortium made up of partners from eight countries (including South Korea), DW is also responsible for overall use case design and user requirements.
The project started in January 2021, runs until December 2023 – and will hopefully give us a lot of insights into the world of satellite data.