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Project structure

WP1: Project Management

WP2: Service platform specification

This work package will focus on producing - in an iterative and incremental manner - detailed functional and technical specifications of the FOODIE service platform hub, including aspects of hardware (mainly the cloud computing infrastructure), security, QoS, and exposed APIs.
To that end, the work to be performed will include:

  • State of the art analysis of existing technologies, architectures and results from other projects that are relevant for the design of FOODIE services platform,
  • Definition of a common data model to support data transformation, integration and analysis
  • Specification of the FOODIE service platform taking into account the above mentioned and the pilots and stakeholders requirements collected in WP5. The specification of the platform will follow RM-ODP methodology approach which has been successfully applied in many previous EU research projects related to the geospatial, environmental and agricultural domains.

WP3: Service platform integration and deployment in cloud infrastructure

The objective of this WP is the provision of the core services for the management of agricultural data, specified in WP2, as well as the integration of these services in a reference platform, to be deployed in a cloud infrastructure, that complies with the models and architecture defined in WP2. This platform will provide the basis for the implementation of the pilot applications defined in WP5, and will be exploited through the business model defined in WP6. The key goals of this WP are:

  • to build the core services for the harvesting, management and integration of relevant datasets, including sensor data, geospatial data, satellite images and open agricultural data repositories, as well as other VGI sources.
  • to define a set of open and lightweight interfaces that specify how to use and manage the integrated datasets
  • to semantically enrich the harvested data to support the integration of heterogeneous data, simplified annotation and sharing of findings easier reuse of data in unanticipated ways, and the application of logic to infer additional insights
  • to build a marketplace for data and applications that enable users and stakeholders to easily find and use the provided services as well as to include their own resources.
  • to provide continuous development and integration support for the reference platform, that will combine selected initial technologies and software components from other technical tasks, along with required and privacy and security services.

WP4: Data analysis, modelling and synthesis

The objectives of WP4 are: Develop and publish Cloud based services supporting scalable execution of spatial models, data visualization and analysis. Develop a state of the art decision support and information tool for the agricultural sector; Provide end user solutions for specialists, policy makers, stakeholders, farmers, and foresters; Interoperability and fluency between local and global decision tools and applications. The WP4 activities concerns mainly with integration of the basic Cloud based scalable spatial models with decision process execution over the distributed Cloud infrastructure. The support for scalability is required in terms of large number of users and parallel processes, high resolution spatial data models, large geographical areas, and complex processing. The different categories of users such as specialists, policy makers, stakeholders, and finally farmers and foresters access the FOODIE resources and features by local and global decision tools and applications.

Since this work package is closely linked with WP3 and makes also part of the technical tasks to be carried out in the project, task T3.6 will coordinate the deployment and integration activities related to the components in WP4 as it is done in WP3.

WP5: Pilots preparation, execution and evaluation

FOODIE will provide the first implementation of a set of innovative services for the agricultural sector which address real sector needs. After deploying those set of services at European level (selected pilot countries are Czech Republic, Germany and Spain) adequate methodology and evaluation plan, which allow non-biased measurement and validation of the impact of deploying FOODIE services, must be designed and implemented.

Pilot's coordination among them and with technology development is crucial for the project. On one hand, technology developed mainly in WP3-WP4 must be guided by user needs, so stakeholders' requirements elicitation must be as complete as possible. On the other hand, technology must be validated in all is extent so heterogeneity of pilots must be fully exploited. Furthermore, synergies among pilots must be also exploited from the very beginning of the project to detect most valuable FOODIE achievements. Thus, this work package includes: a coordination task which will perfectly connects WP2, WP3 and WP4 with user needs and allows validating technology developed in all is extent, exploiting heterogeneity of pilots, while discovering and exploiting all possible synergies among them; a specification and stakeholders' requirements elicitation task to serve as primary input for technical work packages.

Results from this work package must serve not only to validate impact of FOODIE but serve as input to technical work-packages (WP2 WP3 WP4), allowing them to take feedback from users into account and thus following evolutionary approaches for software development. By taking feedback from users as soon as possible and delivering software incrementally, FOODIE will greatly improve results and will be focused on user needs and not on technical needs.

Some FOODIE services will be non-trivial for end-users, so WP5 must also cover training of end users before starting execution and monitoring: in other case impact will be underestimated just because end-users will not be aware of services' benefits.

Last objective of WP5 is to prepare FOODIE to demonstrate sustainability and scalability beyond the pilot phase in which, during six months, FOODIE will interoperable with open-data repositories, end users and other stakeholders involved in data provisioning/consuming in a real-life setting.

WP6: Dissemination, exploitation and sustainability

The objective of WP6 is to communicate and disseminate the results of the FOODIE project throughout the life of the project to all stakeholders in the countries where FOODIE will work, as well as to international audiences. The dissemination activities will be based on a tailor-made dissemination strategy developed early in the project.

In addition, this work package will prepare the exploitation strategy, ensuring that the results of FOODIE will be taken up and replicated after the project has ended. The FOODIE business plan will be based on research results, showing how best to exploit the direct outputs of FOODIE, and also how best to exploit the synergies and leverage that FOODIE offers to its stakeholders.

WP 6 includes the following objectives:

  • Establish a close liaison with stakeholders in the agricultural domain as well as related data providers that may be interested in bringing their data to FOODIE service platform.
  • Create awareness among target audiences and stakeholders for the pilot scenarios and project results through effective dissemination activities.
  • Develop long-term sustainability exploitation strategies for commercial and non-commercial usage of FOODIE service platform beyond the duration of the project by guaranteeing added value and return on investment to the different stakeholders involved.
  • Prepare a sound and realistic exploitation plan aiming at the commercial exploitation of the FOODIE project results at a global scale, including (i) analysis of the market and assessment of the competitive environment surrounding the project; (ii) definition of viable business models for the exploitation of the project main results; and (iii) preparation of a viable IPR plan allowing an effective and widespread exploitation of project results.