NextGEOSS is a Horizon 2020 Project, led by Deimos Engenharia. The team is composed of 27 entities in total, including leading European companies and institutions, active in GEO-related and many other European, ESA and international activities in the domain of Earth Observation. The Consortium covers 13 European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
The NextGEOSS project, a European contribution to GEOSS, proposes to develop the next generation centralised hub for Earth Observation data, where the users can connect to access data and deploy EO-based applications. The concept revolves around providing the data and resources to the users’ communities, together with Cloud resources, seamlessly connected to provide an integrated ecosystem for supporting applications. A central component of NextGEOSS is the strong emphasis put on engaging the communities of providers and users, and bridging the space in between.
The project has a special focus on encouraging and stimulating data exploitation by businesses.
Capacity building is at the heart of NextGEOSS and the project will identify training needs to encourage wider user-engagement with EO data and its commercial potential in the next 3,5 years.
Included in NextGEOSS there are ten pilot activities (6 Innovative Research Pilots and 4 Business-oriented Pilots) which will test the integration in the data hub, and provide GEO-related activities on their own, supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.