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Ruddick K.,Royal Belgian Institute Of Natural Sciences | Neukermans G.,Royal Belgian Institute Of Natural Sciences | Vanhellemont Q.,Royal Belgian Institute Of Natural Sciences | Jolivet D.,EuraTechnologies
Remote Sensing of Environment | Year: 2014

Ocean colour remote sensing from sun-synchronous polar orbiting satellites has become well-established as a tool for extracting information on phytoplankton and suspended particulate matter and related processes in regional seas. New data is now becoming available from optical remote sensors on geostationary satellites and provides a much higher temporal resolution, typically an image once or more per hour during daylight compared to once per day. This higher temporal resolution opens up obvious opportunities for dramatically improving the data availability in periods of scattered clouds and for resolving fast processes such as tidal or diurnal variability of phytoplankton or suspended particulate matter. As the science community starts to explore this new data source, further new applications are likely to emerge. However, the geostationary orbit presents also new algorithmic challenges. The coverage of high latitudes is limited by the difficulties of atmospheric correction at very high sensor zenith angle and ultimately by the earth's curvature. Exploitation of the new possibilities of viewing the earth for a range of sun zenith angles over the day also stimulates a need to perform accurate atmospheric correction at high sun zenith angle. Traditional pixel-by-pixel data processing algorithms could be supplemented by information on the temporal coherency of data over the day thus potentially improving data quality, by adding constraints to the inversion problem, or data quality control, by a posteriori analysis of time series. This review assesses the challenges and opportunities of geostationary ocean colour, with emphasis on the data processing algorithms that will need to be improved or developed to fully exploit the potential of this data source. Examples are drawn from recent results using data from the GOCI and SEVIRI sensors. © 2013 The Authors. Source

Camacho F.,University of Valencia | Cernicharo J.,University of Valencia | Lacaze R.,EuraTechnologies | Baret F.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Weiss M.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Remote Sensing of Environment | Year: 2013

This paper describes the scientific validation of the first version of global biophysical products (i.e., leaf area index, fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation and fraction of vegetation cover), namely GEOV1, developed in the framework of the geoland-2/BioPar core mapping service at 1. km spatial resolution and 10-days temporal frequency. The strategy follows the recommendations of the CEOS/WGCV Land Product Validation for LAI global products validation. Several criteria of performance were evaluated, including continuity, spatial and temporal consistency, dynamic range of retrievals, statistical analysis per biome type, precision and accuracy. The spatial and temporal consistencies of GEOV1 products were assessed by intercomparison with reference global products (MODIS c5, CYCLOPES v3.1, GLOBCARBON v2 LAI, and JRC SeaWIFS FAPAR) over a global network of homogeneous sites (BELMANIP-2) during the 2003-2005 period. The accuracy of GEOV1 was evaluated against a number of available ground reference maps. Our results show that GEOV1 products present reliable spatial distribution, smooth temporal profiles which are stable from year to year, good dynamic range with reliable magnitude for bare areas and dense forests, and optimal performances with ground-based maps. GEOV1 outperforms the quality of reference global products in most of the examined criteria, and constitutes a step forward in the development of consistent and accurate global biophysical variables within the context of the land monitoring core service of GMES. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.94M | Year: 2012

The SmartCulture project aims to provide a sustainable access to cultural heritage to a wider range of users by the use of digital technologies. Digital technologies will help to transform passive audiences into active practitioners of culture. The consortium will promote the creation of engaging digital experiences for access to cultural resources by the cross fertilization between ICT enterprises, Creative and Cultural Industries (especially SMEs) and research stakeholders across Europe. This cross fertilization will lead to new opportunities and good practices for innovative digital access to cultural resources and digital cultural mediation. These challenges fully comply with the objectives of the Work Program for ICT of the FP7 and the EU Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 and with the conclusions of the green paper on Cultural and Creative Industries. Most of the eight regions involved in the SmartCulture project have a very high population, a very rich cultural heritage (e.g. Louvre-Lens, Museo Guggenheim, Museo del Prado), as well as a dynamic contents production. Some regions are European leaders for Information & Communication and Creative and Cultural Industries. All of the participants in the SmartCulture project have a strong relationship to European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) as winners or candidates. The consortium has the potentialities to develop innovative and efficient ways to provide access to cultural resources to a wider range of citizens, and it is obvious that there is a market for this. We have strong networks for ICT enterprises and CCI (especially SMEs), but we need to strengthen cross fertilization between technological and creative industries, by encouraging for example mobility for professionals and researchers, and the emergence of common data exchange formats for digital experiences. International competition with big players is forcing us to build a common international strategy, for gaining new markets, especially emerging ones.

News Article | July 10, 2012
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When I used to write on my personal blog, I would write articles about places & events just hours after I visited them, in order to thoroughly give my First Impressions. They were not meant to be my final judgment of something, but merely my ‘customer feedback’ as a visitor to something. I thought I’d pick this habit back up. After having visited Lille about twenty times, today I finally took part of my “away from Paris” time to go visit EuraTechnologies, Lille’s gargantuan cathedral of a technical park which is home to over a hundred startups. I had heard a bit about EuraTechnologies before, and when I posted on twitter about wanting to meet startups in Lille, I was quickly advised to go there and knock on doors. Arriving in front of the gargantuan building, I was blown away at the combination of the stereotypical brick architecture that characterizes homes in the North of France, and the traces of the infamous post-it wars that now signal homes of startups in any commercial district. I had the pleasure to be welcomed by Mashant CEO Emmanuel Clabaut, who just launched his Developer Social Network just 7 days ago. They’ve been hosted for free at one of the two accelerators (one dedicated just to eCommerce) at Euratechnologies. Looking to create a developer network to take on GeekList, Linkedin, and Facebook, they showed me the cafeteria, the atrium where frequent conferences are held, & they showed me the floor that CapGemini occupies in the building. One of Euratechnologies core goals is to intertwine the work environments of startups and big companies like  Microsoft & Deloitte – an entire list of the companies is available on their site. Startups at Euratechnologies can first enter for free upon application into one of the accelerators – there are currently around 50 startups hosted in the accelerator, according to Euratechnologies’ Samuel Tapin. Once done, the startups can grab an office with twenty square meters for just €1 500… per year. Yeah, an office that fits five people comfortably for just over €100 per month, or €20 per person per month. That’s a steal. While I was there, I took the opportunity to meet a few startups that had some buzz around them, and was excited to see some familiar faces and names. I ran into Libertrip, a startup which I met just before they launched their beta last year. One of many visionaries looking to help me plan my vacation for the next year, they recently spent two weeks at one of Stanford’s startup seminars, and looked more charged that ever. We’ll be talking more about them in August, when they open their site up to the public. I got a chance to talk to Balumpa, a startup working on helping me find events going on around me all over France. While they are not planning on internationalizing their product for another year (which makes sense, since in order to be strong in the local market, you have to think local), they’ve managed to gather up 30,000 downloads of their iOS app in their first five months. They recently signed a partnership with French car-maker Renault[FR], which will put their application inside of a new suite of Electric cars which will have a custom Android tablet build into the car’s dashboard. They will be one of 50 applications on the tablet’s private AppStore, and one of the only startups selected for the partnership. I also took a chance to peak in on Critizr, intrigued by the information outside their office. Their startup is looking to bring GetSatisfaction-style customer feedback to physical locations, like restaurants, by allowing users to give their feedback directly via their smartphone. Unlike Yelp, the feedback doesn’t just sit on a community forum, but is pushed directly to the manager (or, in my head, the obligatory Restauarant Community Manager), who can quickly respond directly to the feedback. The feedback can be ‘thumbed up’ by other customers, much like GetSatisfaction. I was definitely blown away with the atmosphere and the number of startups working in this one building – although, that’s just step one. The fact that they mix them in with offices for big companies, and they offer support and financing(EuraTechnologies, I believe, is financed by Lille – how else could rent be that cheap). I will be making an active effort to keep tabs on all of the startups hosted there – courtesy of EuraTechnologies wonderful communications department – and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about the startups I mentioned and many more in the coming months as they shake-up their respective sectors.

News Article | December 7, 2012
Site: www.rudebaguette.com

Lille’s going to be the place to be on January 17-18th. Tech center / incubator EuraTechnologies and Promotion of Future Digital Technologies Association (founded by entrepreneurs Benjamin Tierny, Robin Komiwes, and Florian Le Goff) have teamed up to create the first TakeOff Conference.  The conference, which will be in English, offers passionate developers and designers the opportunity to come together and discuss the latest trends in code and design for web-based applications.  The conference organizers have already rounded up a great line up of speakers, such as Mozilla Technology Evangelist Paul Rouget, Twilio’s Head Developer Evangelist Rob Spectre, content, inclduing workshops such as “Robots need love too” and “12 steps to win at software development”, and sponsors, including Google and Twilio.  Another plus about this conference is that it’s platform and programming language agnostic, so whether your a Java, Ruby, Python, etc lover, there’s something for you . Another great advantage of TakeOff is that with reasonble prices and an all-inclusive package, including a wide-range of conference sessions/workshops, meals, and, of course, a great party, it offers terrific value for money.  The organisers have also announced a €199 start-up (less than 2 years) and freelancer rate.  The code for this rate is ILOVEMYSPACECONFERENCE and you can even get a special €180 rate if you buy your ticket Monday 12h. For all others the rate is €299 entry-only or €399 entry + €100 donation to the Promotion of Future Digital Technologies Association.  However, the team is currently offering a special 11%-off discount (yes, a prime number :-). This special rate will run through the the 17th of December and the promo-code is  SPACEBAGUETTE. You can buy your tickets now at www.weezevent.com/takeoff. Last but not least, they’ve also given us one free ticket which we, of course, will give to one of you!  If you want to win the ticket you should:

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