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SCENT - Smart Toolbox for Engaging Citizens into a People-Centric Observation Web

Athanasia Tsertou, Angelos Amditis, Antreas Kallioras, Nikos Frangakis, Benjamin Cohen, Andreja Jonoski, Ioana Popescu, Paolo Paron, Iulian Nichersu, Daniele Miorandi, Tony Hughes, Eddie Shaw, Luca Simeone, Marianna Markou, Dan Hulea and Maria Miska

(Submission #345)


Europe has invested a lot to achieve an accurate Earth observation capacity. Yet, the burden of investing in new equipment or maintaining the current infrastructure is unsustainable. Ways of complementing the in-situ infrastructure with citizen-sourced data are sought. Through a constellation of smart technologies, SCENT enables citizens to become the ‘eyes’ of policy makers and monitor land-cover/use changes through everyday activities. SCENT has the following objectives:

1. Implement a people-centric observation web offered as OGC resources to GEOSS. SCENT will create a pool of citizen-generated observations of land-cover/use using low-cost, portable sensors. Sources will be semantically annotated following OGC and INSPIRE and offered to GEOSS as web services.

2. Develop the innovative SCENT crowd-sourcing platform to collect images and text. This innovative 'hybrid' crowd-sourcing platform will allow citizens to contribute to environmental monitoring by providing, qualifying and interpreting information about land-use.

3. Implement the SCENT intelligence engine, that will use innovative machine learning to classify and annotate images and text. The engine will extract visual content from user supplied images and recognize discrete objects of interest.

4. Develop a serious gaming application to annotate images from open platforms, e.g. Flickr, Panoramio. Users will be rewarded for semantically annotating images online. A plugin for CAPTCHA will ask users to annotate land-cover images; this will enlarge the audience of SCENT ‘annotators’ and be released as open-source.

5. Quantify the impact of land-cover/use changes to flood risk maps and spatio-temporal flooding patterns. An understanding of the impact on flood risk maps needs to be extended to a clear quantification in local settings. Data collected through SCENT will enable such quantification when utilised with appropriate hydrological models.

6. Design a simple authoring tool for policy makers to customise the SCENT toolbox according to target group, regional, or social characteristics. It will allow its customization from non-expert personnel and an easy deployment on social networks and web2.0 platforms.

7. Evaluate the SCENT toolbox in two large scale pilots; the urban site of Attica Kifisos river and the rural site of Danube Delta. Field campaigns will involve at least 200 participants mobilised by dissemination campaigns. Besides site visits and onsite data collection, wider participation is foreseen in the online SCENT activities.

8. Increase the engagement of citizens in monitoring the environment through creating the SCENT citizen movement. SCENT will design and promote a powerful communication campaign igniting behavioural change, using press, TV and other dissemination means.


Topic Area:  [2.7] Citizen science/crowd sourcing
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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