OGC Innovation Days Europe: Climate and Disaster Resilience, One Health, and Data Spaces

Event details

Date & time:

July 1, 2024 9:00 am — July 2, 2024 5:30 pm


Tartu, Estonia

View the preliminary agenda below.

Co-organized with FOSS4G Europe: 1-7 July, 2024.

OGC Innovation Days Europe seeks to address stakeholders’ and policymakers’ need for digital solutions that can meet their requirements efficiently and in a user-friendly way. To this end, the event will bring internationally leading software development and data management experts together with non-technical experts – such as urban planners, policy makers, economists, and other beneficiaries of geospatial information – to exchange information and learn from each other. The stakeholders’ needs will be discussed and understood in depth while newly developed prototypes will be presented.

OGC is co-organizing Innovation Days Europe with FOSS4G-Europe.

The European IT landscape is changing rapidly. Several initiatives are underway, such as developing Data Spaces and Digital Twins, supporting the Green Deal, or otherwise trying to integrate the largely heterogeneous IT landscape. What do these mean for the leading challenges of our century? How can these predominantly technologically oriented efforts help with climate change and disaster resilience? Do they support Land Degradation Neutrality?

OGC Innovation Days Europe provides a platform to discuss how current technical efforts can be combined effectively with the necessary governance and policy aspects. What decision processes do we need? What agreements are required for efficient decision processes or homogeneous reporting models for, for example, Climate Change or Land Degradation Neutrality?

Thematic focus: Climate and Disaster Resilience, One Health, and Data Spaces

Achieving climate and disaster resilience and sustainability requires reliable location information on the environment, land, and climate. Generating this information dedicated to the users’ needs is challenging. It needs highly optimized spatial data infrastructures and climate resilience information systems operated within a targeted policy framework and driven by an efficient policy model. Interoperable data pipelines and well-organized data spaces with their data assessment applications, combined with analysis, visualization, and reporting tools, are required to gain the knowledge to enroll climate strategies and actions.

OGC Innovation Days Europe will foster a dialogue between technical experts, decision-makers, and policy experts, with a focus on climate & disaster resilience, one health, the role of data spaces, and the need for modernized knowledge exchange and analysis environments:

  • The public increasingly requires a collaborative, multi-sectoral, and transdisciplinary local-to-global perspective. The EU climate-health cluster actively engages in promoting dialogue on diverse climate-induced health issues, encompassing challenges such as the transmission of zoonotic and vector-borne pathogens, coastal water pathogens, heat-related impacts, and pollution. Its objective is to formulate impactful mitigation and adaptation strategies through innovative research. Emphasis is placed on heightening awareness, facilitating the dissemination of research findings, and supporting evidence-based decision-making. The cluster aims to build capacity, foster resilience, and collaborate with stakeholders to provide scientific evidence and policy advice for stronger EU and global policies.
  • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will emphasize geospatial reporting Indicators, especially the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15.3.1 Land Degradation Neutrality.
  • The Global Stocktake is in focus for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the European Space Agency (ESA). 
  • The value of National Spatial Infrastructures is the focus of the Location Innovation Hub. The hub will introduce the role of modernized SDIs and the requirements for future systems. 

Expected Outcomes of OGC Innovation Days Europe

The workshop will compile the findings of the set of sessions. It will refine the identified requirements for the dataspaces to enhance the information and knowledge exchange on scientific, technical, and policy levels. 

OGC Innovation Days Europe supports the shift in IT solutions from being purely technology-oriented to a more holistic approach that better accounts for the various needs of the stakeholders. The event will identify these needs and thus make an essential contribution to improving the direction of future technological developments, supporting operational setups that are driven by efficient governance models and that operate within a solution-oriented policy framework.

Preliminary Agenda:

Monday 1st July Tuesday 2nd July 
09:00 – 10:30Opening Ceremony & KeynotesTools, Gaps, and challenges
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30Global Policy FramesClimate and Health
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Climate and Disaster ResilienceKeynotes & Discussions
15:30 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:30Spatial Data Infrastructures / Data spacesClosing Ceremony
17:30 – TBASocial Program 

This event is sponsored by OGC and the European Commission through the Horizon projects CLINT (GA-101003876), AD4GD (GA-101061001), USAGE (GA-101059950), Iliad (GA-101037643), EuroGEOSec (GA-101134335), CLIMOS (GA-101057690) and other projects of the Climate-Health Cluster.

Co-funded by the European Union


Climate Change, Data Spaces, Digital Twins, Disaster Resilience, Europe, European Commission, European Common Dataspaces, European Green Deal, Land Degredation, Spatial Data Infrastructure

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