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AquaSmart Report Summary

Project ID: 644715
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AquaSmart (Aquaculture Smart and Open Data Analytics as a Service)

Reporting period: 2015-02-02 to 2016-02-01

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main overarching objective of the AQUASMART project is to enhance the innovation capacity within the aquaculture sector. In order to address this, we are looking at the problem of global knowledge access and data exchanges between aquaculture companies and their related stakeholders. Offering aquaculture production companies, the tools to access and share global open data and strong data analytics in a multilingual, multi-sector and cross-border setting strengthens their competitiveness and growth potential. Experienced research institutes that participate in the consortium as technology suppliers and will transfer their solutions to the aquaculture stakeholders in the consortium. The data collected in the AQUASMART open data cloud is suitable to be reused in other industrial domain if needed, (e.g., environmental or transportation data), providing a cross-sectorial setting to the provided solution. The AQUASMART multi-lingual adaptive eTraining program, assures that staff receive the proper training and assures the transfer of the AQUASMART innovations are sustainable. AQUASMART will have a very positive impact on the environment by helping companies to better estimate daily biomass, optimize feeding rates and management practices. This will improve the FCR (Feed Conversion Rate), which means less feed will be provided to the fish and therefore, less organic material and energy are consumed for the production of the feed. AQUASMART also helps the companies to reduce mortalities, which will have a further positive impact on environment. On the social level, AQUASMART contributes to the development of highly skilled workforce through online training programs. The improvement of the efficiency and profitability of the businesses, together with the reduction of the environmental impact will contribute to the increase of the production and the generation of new jobs in the sector.

The Objectives of AQUASMART, as outlined below are ambitious, challenging and will seek to bring cutting edge technology closer to the market for use by fish farmers and their supply chain across Europe.

Obj.1 Technology transfers in multilingual data collection, analytics solutions and services, turning the large volumes of heterogeneous aquaculture data into semantically interoperable data assets and knowledge, that is distributed across the value chain (production, transportation, distribution and retailing).

Obj. 2 Implement a State of Art Multilingual Open Data framework that companies can use to seamlessly access global data and take more knowledgeable decisions using multi-lingual information.

Obj. 3 Promote best practices for aquaculture production management, in core activities like feeding and manipulation of the fish, adjusting feeding regimes, respond to changes in environmental parameters, control water quality, improve growth models and react to production realities. This will be achieved identifying what are the parameters the producers need to measure and how, what is the possible influence of each parameter to the production, what the relationships between them and which areas that require special attention by the producers are.

Obj. 4 Develop innovation in the aquaculture sector tackling the new opportunities to access to the global data, integrated from many heterogeneous sources of data described in different data models and languages.

Obj. 5 Deliver state of the art services, for seamless access and management of the open data in the cloud, and for the delivery and management of the training activities and material, supported by a user-centric adaptive multi-lingual eLearning management system.

Obj. 6 Develop a training programme and training activities, 1) focusing in the ICT developers, responsible for the development of the adapters between the native data sources and the open big data cloud, and 2) focusing on the stakeholders and end users of the new open big data cloud. Due to the diversity of the trainee profiles, the training framework will use an innovative adaptive process to customize the training contents and programmes depending on the language, experience and background of each trainee.

Obj. 7 Deliver draft CEN standard on “Reference Model for Open Data in Aquaculture”, including a glossary, lexicon and reference ontology for the aquaculture sector.

Obj. 8 Engage with a cross-sectorial, multi-lingual user community around EU open data, suggesting aquaculture open datasets, and sharing the AQUASMART applications and services to the use made by the project industrial users with the data from the portal.

Obj. 9 Develop a Data Management Plan (DMP) for aquaculture industry related open data, according to the “Guidelines on data management in Horizon 2020”. This includes deposit in an open data repository and takes measures to make it possible for cross-sectorial, multilingual and cross-borders third parties to seamless access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate, free of charge for any user

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year period of the AQUSMART project, the project has focussed on gathering requirements, building the Use Cases and defining the initial technical design and architecture design for the project. A brief summary of the work, broken down into its relevant work sections are provided below.

Within WP1 the project management team was formed and the appropriate procedures for the effective management of the project were outlined and set in place. Email lists and audio conferencing facilities were established for operational communication across the project. A set of project management tools, (wiki, GitHub, Redmine and website), were put in place for collaborative management of the project and information sharing. The project website was established as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts to provide public information on news items related to the project interested external parties.

The primary objectives for WP2 were the identification of key business requirements and KPIs as well as the identification specification of the architecture to support the requirements. This included the development of an Aquasmart ontology to support semantically rich data and the development of a cloud based platform with APIs for native application support. This work was primarily coordinated through a series of weekly conference calls, and fed into WPO4 for trial and data collection.

In alignment with the DoW, the work carried out in WP3 – Multi-Lingual Training Platform was structured in 4 tasks, and was responsible for the Aquaculture companies training and open data policies. The Training Policy, training programmes and training material were identified and material development commenced. To support this the Moodle platform was installed with particular plug-ins to be properly used by mobile devices.

WP4 was responsible for the setting up of the trials and working with the end users to identify the main business questions, gather the data and identify how the data can be best served to address the business questions. In that sense, the main work carried out in WP4 was identifying the business KPIs, defining the business questions and then gathering the data and making the key link between the datasets and business questions, and having these questions and datasets validated by each company.

WP5 is led by Q-Validus and each partner has been quite active in the first year of the project. This is in line with a strategic dissemination and communication plan, which was outlined in D5.2. Based on bi-lateral discussions with the WP6 Leader (Impact) and meetings with our external expert’s panel and our partners, the vision and objectives for dissemination were defined. The achievements of these objectives, are being realised through the means of specific targets being set for each partner.

WP6 had not started for this review period.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Expected Results:
At the end of the project AquaSmart will have defined and delivered a framework that will bring to the market the state of the art technology in multi-lingual open data to the aquaculture stakeholders. AQUASMART will deliver a framework that provides a business opportunity that will enable the customers of I2S, who is a leading aquaculture technology developer, to establish a big and open data platform to facilitate private companies to seamless share common semantic interoperable data with depth from their operations dataset and to create a data supply chain for the benefit of the participating end users, independently of the language data is stored.

To achieve this AquaSmart will define and deliver the following:
1. A cloud platform that will allow Users to upload, analyse and benchmark their data against similar aquaculture industrialists
2. A training platform that will provide the policies and materials to allow both new and existing users in the aquaculture industry to be trained up in the nuances of the industry, but also in how data analysis, and AquaSmart can assist in the industry.
3. An input into the standards process through drafting of a Cen Workshop Agreement for use of Big Data in the aquaculture industry.

Potential Impact:
AQUASMART will deliver on the expected impact through a unified and evolutionary approach to communication, dissemination and exploitation. A phased approach has been adopted, having 2 primary foci, (i) a web-based portal with social media providing an external project view and its progress and (ii) an internal technology readiness roadmap view, charting the technology progress of the project outputs and activities. The phased approach will be market driven (‘push-pull’).

The web-based portal, which has been developed in line with the phased approach is providing the backbone for supporting impact activities throughout the project timeframe and is the primary port of call for external communications to and from the project with the social media tools.

With regards to Standardisation activities, the consortium has been quite active, engaging with European Standards Body CEN/CENELEC, International Standard Organisation and the National Standards Authority of Ireland, and delivered D5.4 in line with CEN standards drafting protocol having discussed the issues with the aquaSmart team members.

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