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The Horizon Europe USAGE project (Urban Data Space for Green Deal) aims at providing solutions and mechanisms for making city-level environmental and climate data available to everyone based on FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data).

USAGE will support the implementation of the European strategy for data and various European Green Deal priority actions at the level where climate change is mostly felt: urban areas.

USAGE wants to become a decentralised infrastructure for trustworthy data collection, processing and exchange based on commonly agreed principles, facilitating the combination of heterogeneous data for policy analysis.

The consortium is led by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and can count on interdisciplinary partners (universities and research centres, big and small industries, municipalities) from five European countries.

With a budget of about 4 million euros, USAGE will provide innovative governance mechanisms, consolidated arrangements, AI-based tools and data analytics to share, access and use city-level data from Earth Observation (EO), Internet of Things (IoT), authoritative and crowd sources, leveraging on standards for data and service interoperability.

These solutions will be tested and validated in four medium-sized pilot cities focusing also on the reusability of the solutions in other urban areas:

● Ferrara (Italy)

● Graz (Austria)

● Leuven (Belgium)

● Zaragoza (Spain)


The USAGE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Grant Agreement no 101059950 - call HORIZON-CL6-2021-GOVERNANCE-01-17 (IA)

The USAGE project fits into the EU policy agenda supporting the twin green and digital transitions. To achieve the goals outlined by the Green New Deal, it is necessary to assume a "data-driven" approach based on detailed data and information (European Data Strategy, 2020) to co-design environmental policies in which citizens, civil society and the private sector collaborate with institutions on technological and social solutions.

USAGE aims at overcoming legal and technical barriers to the sharing and exploitation of urban data needed for policies related to Local Green Deals (LGD) among public bodies, private organisations and civil society. This will be achieved by combining the necessary tools and infrastructures for addressing issues of data trust.

The OGC standards and supporting tools will be critical to enable such data space interoperability, including SensorThings, OGC APIs, OGC Definition server, OGC Catalogue resources, such as OGC-W3C GeoDCAT, OGC API Records.