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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2012.1.1-03 | Award Amount: 5.98M | Year: 2013

According to the potential application areas identified under SEA (GMES Security working group in Support to External Actions), and the experience gained by the proposal consortium in Security and Emergency precursor projects (LIMES, G-MOSAIC, SAFER) this proposal will identify and exploit a set of Services able to provide reliable support to the EU External Action service and suitable to be integrated in the user working environment in an effective and reliable way. The proposal research and development focus will be on the enhancement of Crisis Management Response Services in rush and non-rush mode and in covering the relevant gaps identified in the perspective of a (pre-)operational approach. Reference Users for the service/products will include the main actors and stakeholders involved in the context of EU Missions and Operations in support to External Actions: European Union EEAS (European External Action Service), EDA (European Defence Agency), National Institutions such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Ministries of Defence, Police Offices, Intelligence Centres, and also international institutions as UN bodies. The proposal aims to: (a) Demonstrate the effective contribution of an integrated geo-spatial service concept to respond to the needs in SEA user-driven scenarios providing the User Community with an evolving set of security service/products. (b) Involve the main User organization in the GMES Security domain in the use of the provided services. (c) Assure the continuity of the work done in previous GMES projects specifically on security and emergency domains. (d) implement synergies with the other GMES projects and initiatives (e.g. EU, ESA, EDA contexts) running in parallel with the project lifecycle. (e) Perform a comprehensive benefits analysis taking into account the main drivers for the set up of an operational framework. (f) Address the potential service evolution in 2014 onwards perspective.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.4.1 | Award Amount: 1.98M | Year: 2012

The INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC, establishes an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe, requiring large amounts of environmental digital content to be made accessible across Europe, resulting in a data pool that is expected to be of huge value for a myriad of value-added applications. The INSPIRE Implementing Rules Legal Acts outlines these data pools, but more work is needed.Making data available according to the INSPIRE standards in 30 countries using 22 languages requires specific skill sets that few public authorities have. The management of this content represents an opportunity for SMEs active in this sector.SMEs can enable countries to fulfil the Directive, creating new market opportunities with increased potential for innovation and new jobs. Due to the legal requirements, the INSPIRE implementation becomes the entry-point for crucial business opportunities, opening new, or reinforcing existing perspectives (including Linked Open Data, Sensor Web, cloud computing and other e-environment application domains).SmeSpires purpose is to encourage and enable the participation of SMEs in the mechanisms of harmonising and making large scale environmental content available. smeSpire will:1. assess market potential for SMEs in relation to INSPIRE as an integral component of the Digital Agenda for Europe, describing obstacles for SMEs to enter this market in terms of knowledge gaps2. collate, translate and exploit a Best Practice Catalogue in the management of environmental content3. Develop a multilingual package to train environmental data analysts in the maintenance and exploitation of environmental data commons, and4. create a network capable of transferring result-driven knowledge throughout Europe with research centres, environmental agencies, progressive technology providers and digital content providers.smeSpire offers the Commission an early integration of results for relevant programmes (ISA) directly into the knowledge base of geo-ICT SMEs

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