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WeSenseIT: Citizen Observatory of Water

Objective

WeSenseIt will develop a citizen-based observatory of water, which will allow citizens and communities to become active stakeholders in information capturing, evaluation and communication.
We propose:
(i) data collection: (a) a first “hard” layer consisting of low-cost, static and portable devices that sense and transfer water information when automatically monitored or when initiated by citizens from their mobile devices; (b) a second “soft” layer consisting of techniques to harness citizens’ Collective Intelligence, i.e. the information, experience and knowledge embodied within individuals and communities, both in terms of enabling direct messages to the authorities (with mobile-phone pictures, messages, etc.) and in terms of crowd-sourcing (e.g. by mining social networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as bulletin boards, RSS feeds, etc.).
(ii) the development of descriptive and predictive models and decision-making tools integrating sensor and citizen-based data; the data suppliers (physical sensors or people) are seen as nodes of an integrated heterogeneous data collection network which undergoes progressive multi-objective optimization and tuning.
(iii) two-way feedback and exchange of environmental knowledge/experience between citizens and authorities for decision-making and governance within an e-collaboration framework ,enabling improved transparency, knowledge management, accountability and responsiveness, as well as facilitating participation in water management.
We will test, experiment and demonstrate the citizen observatory of water in three different case studies in water management with civil protection agencies in UK, NL and Italy. The topic is the entire hydrologic cycle with a major focus on variables responsible for floods and drought occurrences.
The project results have the potential to fundamentally change the traditional concept of environmental monitoring and forecasting, as well as models of governance.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 990 540,92
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)

Participants (14)

SOFTWARE MIND SA

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 397 678,25
Address
Ul. Prof Michala Zyczkowskiego 20
31 864 Krakow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grzegorz Młynarczyk (Mr.)
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 686 987,37
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mishka Stuip (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 544 794
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marc Parlange (Prof.)
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 289 472,80
Address
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Butterworth (Mr.)
SENSORSCOPE SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 316 489,20
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
François Ingelrest (Dr.)
DISDROMETRICS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 315 098
Address
Molengraaffsingel 12-14
2629 JD Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stijn De Jong (Mr.)
ADVANTIC SISTEMAS Y SERVICIOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 240 151,60
Address
C Zurbano 83 Escalera Izquierda 3A
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Javier De Las Heras (Mr.)
HYDROLOGIC RESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 373 645,20
Address
Westvest 41
2611 AZ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnold Lobbrecht (Dr.)
KNOWLEDGE NOW LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 463,50
Address
Lydgate House Lydgate Lane
S10 5FH Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Taylor Anne (Ms.)
STARLAB BARCELONA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 255 144
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Viñas Romeu (Mr.)
AILLERON SA
Poland
Address
Ul Prof Michaia Zyczkowskiego 20
31 864 Krakow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grzegorz Młynarczyk (Mr.)
DONCASTER METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 100 000,05
Address
College Road - Council House
DN1 3AD Doncaster
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gill Gillies (Mrs.)
AUTORITA DI BACINO DEI FIUMI ISONZO TAGLIAMENTO LIVENZA PIAVE BRENTA BACCHIGLIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 298 344
Address
Cannaregio 4314
30121 Venezia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Casarin (Dr.)
QUINARY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 311 956
Address
Viale Liegi 41
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Emilio Claudio Gilardoni (Mr.)