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In today’s complex and interconnected world, the diverse communities that exist within it are complex ecosystems; no longer defined by geography alone. Instead, a multitude of factors, interests and connections, both virtual and physical, bind us together. These connections define the actions of collaborative multi-agency community policing (CP) ap...
EOPEN (https://eopen-project.eu/) is a project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the topic EO Big Data Shift in 2017 and has a duration of 3 years, starting from November 2017. In this work, we present the concept of the project, its objectives and the lessons learnt after almo...
Laurence Marzell introduces CRJ's new in-depth, longer read blogs, by examining how a more unified and coherent approach to societal resilience might be achieved. If societal resilience can be described as the narrative, the cumulative effect of the many different and existing activities carried out daily, keeping us safe from harm and promoting ou...
This chapter looks at the context, application and benefits of OSINT for use in decision making, as an integrated part of the wider intelligence mix and, as an essential component within the overall Intelligence Cycle. OSINT is a growing and increasingly critical aspect in decision making by LEAs—and has been even before the burgeoning use of socia...
Big Data is an essential tool in the armory of those who protect us from natural, man-made, or malicious harm. Its application into areas that support our everyday existence, such as the critical infrastructure (CI), is an example of where meaningful benefits can accrue from its use for the CI itself; for the citizens who depend on it; and, for the...
The project relies on (α) the infrastructures and research developed in BEYOND Center of Excellence, (β) the roadmap resulted from GEO-CRADLE in regards to the priorities concerning the gathering and channeling of information over extended geographic areas in the agriculture sector, and (c) the Copernicus DataHubs operated by the BEYOND Center of Excellence (e.g. Hellenic Mirror Site, DIASHub). The EOPEN project studies the needs of users wanting to use or include EO data in in their big data analysis problems. The EOPEN concept is directed towards making EO data easy to use by the involved stakeholders. To achieve this, the EOPEN develops an exploitation platform that supports Big Data analysis by offering: 1. A library of commonly needed EO data processing capabilities and modules for data preparation; 2. Services and the capabilities to make optimal use of existing EO data sources and processing capabilities; 3. A framework supporting the Big Data Use Case lifecycle; 4. An infrastructure to perform Big Data processing and analytics. The contribution of the NOA is to engage the stakeholder community, and provide unhindered access to the Copernicus big satellite data so as to meet requirements concerning agricultural sector and food security over vast geographic areas. NOA leverages on high resolution of Sentinel 1-2 data together with crowd data and crowdsourcing techniques. The process demonstrates innovative EO information products easily used on a world basis in EU and non-EU countries (South Korea & China) for ensuring food insecurity. The innovation here generates reliable, accurate, timely and sustained crop monitoring and yield forecasts, supporting to the local/regional agriculture. This has a direct impact on food policies and security; reducing food poverty; boosting local business and investment opportunities. A web-application is built on a user centric approach transforming needs and requirements.