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EO4GEO space/geospatial sector skills alliance at the starting block

Sector Skills Alliance
18/12/2017

Recently approved by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), EO4GEO is a new project fund under the Erasmus+ Programme.

 

As inferred by its full name – EO4GEO Towards and innovative strategy for skills development and capacity building in the space geo-information sector supporting Copernicus user uptake – this new Sector Skills Alliance* project is born under a key action developed for the New Skills Agenda communication form the EU Commission: a Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills**. It aims to help bridging the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the space/geospatial sector.

 

EO4GEO will last for 4 years as of the 1st of January 2018 and will be kicked-off on the 16th and 17th of January.

 

It gathers 26 partners and 22 initial associated partners, drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds (academia, private and public sectors, etc.) and operating in complementary sectors (education/training, space/geospatial, etc.). Note also that most of the partners are members of the Copernicus Academy Network.

 

In order to reinforce the existing ecosystem and to foster the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in end-users applications, EO4GEO will define a long-term and sustainable strategy taking into account the current and expected technological and non-technological developments in the concerned sectors.

 

Amongst the actions to be implemented in this context, one can mention:

 

  • the creation and the regular update of an ontology-based body of knowledge for the space/geospatial sector;
  • the development of a dynamic collaborative platform;
  • the organisation of a series of training actions in three sub-sectors (integrated applications, smart cities and climate change) to test and validate the approach.

 

Access here the official press communication from the EO4GEO project.

 

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Background:

 

* Sector Skills Alliance:

 

In January 2017, a call was issued under the Erasmus+ Programme for the implementation of the Sector Skills Alliances. Its 3rd lot – Implementation of a new strategic approach (“Blueprint”) to sectoral cooperation on skills – addresses 6 pilot sectors among which “Space Geo Information”. EO4GEO has therefore been submitted in this context.

 

** Blueprint:

 

Click here to download the brochure "Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills - Responding to skills mismatches at sectoral level".

 

 

(Source European Commission)


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