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Sharing Water-related Information to Tackle Changes in the Hydrosphere - for Operational Needs

Objective

The project SWITCH-ON addresses water concerns to thoroughly explore and exploit the significant and currently untapped potential of open data. Water information is highly sought after by many kinds of end-users, both within government and business as well as within civil society. Water touches virtually all societal and environmental domains and the knowledge domain is largely multidisciplinary. New water information and knowledge can thus lead to more efficient use of environmental services and better handling of environmental problems, including those induced by climate and environmental change. SWITCH-ON will show the benefits achieved through the whole process chain by re-purposing (re-using under different context) open data products into more dedicated and refined water products, which have high value and a broad impact on society.
The vision is to improve public services, and to foster business opportunities and growth, by establishing new forms of water research and facilitating the development of new products and services based on principles of sharing. The SWITCH-ON objectives are to use open data for implementing: 1) an innovative spatial information platform with open data tailored for direct water assessments, 2) an entirely new form of collaborative research for water-related sciences, 3) fourteen new operational products and services dedicated to appointed end-users, 4) new business and knowledge to inform individual and collective decisions in line with the Europe’s smart growth and environmental objectives. While focusing on water, the project is expected to inspire a much broader environmental and societal knowledge domain and many different end-users. The SWITCH-ON project will be one trigger in a contemporary global movement to better address environmental and societal challenges through openness and collaboration.
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Coordinator

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Address

Folkborgsvaegen 1
601 76 Norrkoeping

Sweden

Activity type

Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 426 388

Administrative Contact

Monica Wallgren (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 352 640

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 346 446

CISMET GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 512 893,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 350 739

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 736 306

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 811

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 152 800

GECOSISTEMA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 259 200

DIPL.-ING. GÜNTER HUMER GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 200 700

HKV LIJN IN WATER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 325 745

JEREMY BENN ASSOCIATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 156 960

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 338 191

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 253 042,50

EMVIS SYMVOULOI MICHANIKOI ANONYMI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 256 440

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603587

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 734 848,45

  • EU contribution

    € 5 998 302

Coordinated by:

SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT

Sweden