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NextGEOSS data hub and platform for Norway


Earth observation remains an important factor in addressing societal challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, food security, clean oceans and much more. It is also pivotal in our increasingly digital world with the creation of digital twins, use of artificial intelligence and the ever growing Internet of Things. Norway is a long country with remote areas and vast oceans including in rough polar regions. Space-based data is therefore of great help but cannot be exploited fully without ground truth information. Both access to and ability to transform this data to information, knowledge, applications and services are considered a high priority for administrators and politicians alike. There is a multitude of platforms, programs, solutions and projects that support this, and the NextGEOSS data hub and platform is one such example. NextGEOSS was developed by users, so that it should be easier to both discover, access and to develop solutions that demanded so-called interoperability between this great volume and variations of data (Big Data). NextGEOSS data hub and platform was developed jointly by several European partners including 3 Norwegians (NERSC, NILU, BLB). As Norway would greatly benefit from increased exploitation of the NextGEOSS resources, NextGEOSS data hub and platform Norway aimed to expand the number of organisations and experts that can use these powerful resources. Norwegian partners were gathered in online workshops and engaged in smaller dialogue groups and invited to community events around the Group on Earth observations, where Norway is a member. As Norway is also engaged in the joint ESA/EC Copernicus program, a substantial European support to GEO, synergies between NextGEOSS, GEO and Copernicus could and was established whilst trying to benefit from the funding provided to Norwegians through the EU funding instruments. This was done in pilots development that would helps solve some of the challenges Norwegian industry, administrations and scientists had. Serving as one of the nodes of coordination for these 3 main communities around Earth observation in Norway, a website was set up ( The main result is an expanded Earth observation community solving challenges together inside and outside Norway. Synergies are created and continues to be developed between active members of the community, capacity development through education of the next generation experts, and positioning Norway as a polar and marine nation.

Project leader: Bente Lilja Bye

Started: 2020

Ends: 2021

Category: Næringsliv

Sector: Næringsliv

Budget: 920000

Institution: BENTE LILJA BYE

Address: NA