Title: Aspects of Networking: - Experience from Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
Authors: SHEPHERD Iain
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC34337
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34337
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Only by combining forces can European research organizations begin to construct a European capacity for processing the enormous quantities of data coming from earth observation satellites into information useful for those responsible for Europes security. The GMOSS Network of Excellence has already made some progress. Partners are sharing software, agreeing on common standards, negotiating shared rights to data, defining the state of the art, setting priorities and developing a common research programme in socio-political analysis, generic earth observation technology and specific security-related applications. The task of automatically processing and classifying the huge amount of information flowing from earth observation satellites to provide usable information for those responsible for formulating and implementing Europe’s security policies is certainly daunting. But Europe’s research community has made a good start. One year after the start of GMOSS, there is a better understanding of our present capability. Duplication is being eliminated. The most promising algorithms or software for attacking certain problems – image rectification, change detection, feature recognition – have been identified and distributed amongst the partners of GMOSS. Many of the partners have identified standards as an issue – for defining baseline properties in a time series of images, for classifying image segments, for cataloguing critical infrastructure. It is expected that over the next year progress in agreed standards will allow a distributed scientific community to share the tasks of algorithm development and image analysis more effectively. The declared aim of networks of excellence is to create durable integration between partners even beyond the formal four-year duration of the present funding. Now that the advantages of working together are becoming apparent to all partners, it is difficult to believe that this will not be the case. There will be no turning back.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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