Citizen Science Earth Observation Lab

CSEOL now working towards implementation!

CSEOL Updates

CSEOL Competition: Greenhouse Phase

CSEOL (we say Sizzle) is an initiative funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to find people and organizations with the energy, imagination and creative talent to help Europe’s big Space data address some of our biggest problems.

We’ve been looking for ideas that provide fantastic opportunities for citizen scientists – or the wider public – to validate what satellites observe or to put those images to use We’ve had a great ideation phase. The CSEOL Call went out around the world, with great ideas coming in from four continents. We’re now moving into the greenhouse phase – shortlisting ideas to develop into full proposals and looking forward to working with shortlisted candidates to develop full project proposals ready for the Bootcamp and Pitch Day at ESRIN’s Italian base in Frascati on July 11.

Our goal is to take great  ideas to funding in less than 6 months – in a competitive setting.

After a great ideation phase with the CSEOL Call going out around the world, we’ve had ideas submitted from Europe, Australia, the USA and Africa.

For future Calls for Ideas watch this space!

Future calls will follow this innovation schedule. Additional guidelines for future calls are detailed in the sections below.

…will be to capitalize on the synergistic use of Citizen Science and AI to deliver the most scientific and societal value of the large amount of European EO data sets. Rapid developments in digital technologies, together with our capacity to monitor our home planet with EO satellites, have led to entirely new opportunities for Earth science and applications. There is an increasing need to mine the large amounts of data generated by the new generation of satellites coming online, and in particular Copernicus and Sentinel data. Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, such as machine learning and computer vision, are now becoming increasingly important to turn large amount of EO data into relevant information in a dynamic, global and automatic way, thereby providing a comprehensive picture of our planet at the global scale and in real time. Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing can play a key role in making the most of EO data, in particular also by unlocking the power of AI applied to EO in various ways, ranging from generating labelling within training data sets to enabling quality control and pattern recognition within data.

  • Any Pilot Project selected for funding and implementation will need to be led by a recognised legal entity
  • Any such entity leading a Pilot Project will need to demonstrate project management capacity
  • Ideas for projects must focus on an available ESA mission dataset
  • Ideas for projects should incorporate use and/or production of Open Access data

All submitted Ideas will be covered by a non-disclosure agreement – so you can be sure that your idea is safe. Any application product and their documentation delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) at the end of the contract must be made available to ESA for reuse without restrictions and will be published by the ESA as an open resource. However, the authors/developers will keep the full ownership of the results, including copyrights and other intellectual property rights Due acknowledgement of names and logos contributing to the project will of course be provided. Any project outcomes can be published without restrictions, mentioning all parties involved, with authors keeping IPR and ownership.

We want your Idea to be successful! Among the most important things we’re looking for are your enthusiasm, your project’s feasibility, and the potential to combine citizen science (CS), big datasets and innovative ideas. Critical are:

  • Impact and ESA strategy
  • Potential for your Idea to develop into a Pilot Project
  • Relevant Experience

You can find full details of shortlisting priorities in our Competition Guidelines.

If you submit an Idea that is eventually selected as a Pilot Project, you’ll need to be ready – both in terms of what you can expect from CSEOL and what CSEOL will expect from you. Leaders of the Pilot Projects selected will sign formal agreements with CSEOL that will include the conditions for financing the Pilot Projects. Requirements from the leaders of each Pilot Project will include regular reporting and communication with the CSEOL team. You can find details of what you can expect from CSEOL in our Competition Guidelines.