new EO applications
→ engaging, expanding and building up on existing and new user communities, collecting user requirements for development of innovative and advanced EO products, tools and services
- Convene thematic workshops with EO experts and user communities to review how state of the art EO applications can respond to the priority needs of user communities, and develop agenda for new R&D activities (e.g. MWBS, MUAS, WorldCover series)
- Cooperate with international conventions, UN Agencies and international organisations to leverage the uptake and facilitate the sustainable use of EO in key policy sectors (e.g. Multilateral Environmental Agreements, SDGs, EU directives)
- Build strategic partnerships (via MOI, MOU, white papers) with key authoritative user organisations to contribute on the international responses to global societal challenges
- Develop open source algorithms and tools to stimulate growth of EO application developers and facilitate uptake of EO applications by user communities
- Identify opportunities for strategic collaboration in EO exploitation with key international and private sector stakeholders
- Support and stimulate innovative capability development among relevant suppliers including IT/geomatics/analytics providers, specialist EO service providers, software developers, commercial EO satellite operators and start-ups
- Build awareness and acceptance of EO based information across international, regional, national and private sector stakeholders to foster the longer term adoption of commercial EO based products and services
- Perform stakeholder requirement consolidation – gathering information requirements; defining and agreeing specific activities to be executed in partnership that promote the use of EO information in operations
- Identify and address structural impediments to uptake of EO based products and services both with respect to EO supply and demand side uptake
This involvement of champion users is aimed primarily at developing EO- based products and services responding to real user needs.
The definition, implementation, integration, validation and qualification of these products and services is to be carried out in close collaboration with these end-user organisations, and in agreement with their standards and practices.
The overall procurement approach aims at fostering an effective collaboration with these user communities.
Part of the programme is dedicated to discovering potential users and then educating them about the capabilities of EO within their own working framework.
This is termed the “User Breeding Path” and deals mostly with public sector entities, e.g. national ministries, non- governmental organisations, international scientific programmes and international conventions.
The notion of “Champion Users” is central to applications development and implies that user organisations under consideration for participation to demonstration project should possess the following attributes:
- some representation and influence;
- some dissemination capability;
- some technical capability and data access;
- some funding capacity and prospects for future development;
- the will to explore the potential of EO technology as well as to incorporate EO technology within their internal working procedures.
The involvement of a “Champion User” at project level is essential.
The aim should be to gather the information needed by the user community before issuing an ITT in order to focus on key topics of interest for the overall user community and to better respond to specific user needs and requirements.
Having a set of “Champion Users” engaged at project level is also critical.
This is to ensure that the final products and services derived from the application projects respond to the specific needs of the corresponding user communities as well as allowing users to have direct contact with the products and/or services developed, so that they can appreciate the benefits and advantages of EO technology.