ConnectinGEO Workshop
Observing Europe: Networking the Earth Observation Networks in Europe
September 21-22, 2015, Paris, France

First Workshop of the European Network of Earth Observation Networks (ENEON)

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Workshop infos

Relevant Links and Documents

  • [November 1, 2015] ENEON Side Event at the GEO Plenary in Mexico City: A workshop on the recently formed European Network of EO Networks (ENEON) as a new GEO Initiative will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 16:30- 18:00. See the agenda at the ENEON or at the GEO page.
  • [September 18, 2015] No-Host Workshop Dinner: The no-host workshop dinner will take place on Monday evening at La Bastide Odéon, see See the menu. If you plan to participate, please confirm asap to Ivette Serral by email to ivette at
  • [September 17, 2015] Program more or less finalized: The program of the ENEON workshop is more or less finalize and available at here. The rooms for the workshop at the venue are V115 and V116.
  • [June 11, 2015] Date of ENEON Workshop in Paris, France, fixed: The ENEON workshop organized by the ConnectinGEO project will take place on September 21-22, 2015 in Paris, France.


Adding Value through Collaboration and Coordination: There are many in situ networks in Europe, and European institutions are involved in numerous global networks. Fragmentation of efforts hinders a full exploitation of the integrated observations. The goal is to increase coordination and collaboration between networks, the processing, and the generation and dissemination of products to better serve the growing societal needs for environmental intelligence.


The Workshop will explore the benefits and options of constituting a European Network of Earth observation Networks that encompasses current networks in Europe in single entity. The ENEON will be a forum for discussing gaps in the EO networks and proposing concrete solutions to the European Commission in terms of completeness but also for ensuring continuity of critical infrastructures both in-situ and space based. It will also serve as a coordination point for the European contribution to GEOSS in the matter of in-situ networks and to encourage the alignment of a transversal set Essential Variables GEO is currently advocating.

The Objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Learn more about the main current Earth Observation networks in Europe;
  • Review previous umbrella initiatives;
  • Know more about the scales and frequencies of data collection and gaps in data acquisition, sharing, and products;
  • Clarify the need for ENEON and identify potential overlaps with similar initiatives;
  • Develop a strategy to setup a sustainable network of networks.


The speakers are asked to give an overview of the status of their network and its potential linkages to higher level coordination and collaboration networks. All speakers should address the same set of questions to get a coherent overview of the status. These question include:

Introduction of the network:

  1. What network are you representing and what is your role in this network?
  2. What are the main objectives of the network?
  3. Who are the main contributors to your network?
  4. What form of commitment do you have for the maintainance your network?
  5. How large is your user base and who are your users?
  6. Do you maintain a database of user needs and observational requirements?
  7. What are the costs and efforts of maintaining the network?
  8. What are your main funding sources?
  9. What are the key issues for sustainability of your network running?

About data:

  1. What observations does your network collect and what products are produced?
  2. What are the spatial and temporal characteristics and limits of your network?
  3. How is the data archived and made accessible to users?
  4. Do you address data quality in some way?
  5. Are there risk for data continuity and how are data preservation and network continuity addressed?
  6. What are the conditions (licenses) for sharing your data and products with users?
  7. What key interface standards are used in making data and products available?
  8. Are there known observational requirements that your network is not meeting?
  9. Are there observations that are needed but not captured by your network or by other networks that you have access to or products that are not generated?

About a network of networks:

  1. What coordination and collaboration interfaces do you have with other networks?
  2. Is you network contributing to GEO(SS) and if so, what is this contribution? Could ConnectinGEO help to enhance your contribution to GEOSS?
  3. Are there additional interfaces that would be desired and what would be the main benefits of these interfaces?
  4. Do you think that your network could benefit from the existence of an ENEON or a similar network?
  5. From you point of view, how should an ENEON be organized and managed?