• 2017-07-24
  • Datathon

All data enthusiasts: data scientists and practitioners, students, researchers, representatives from both private and public sector, that work to improve the aquaculture, fisheries, marine and environmental management, or develop ICT solutions for environmental and socio economics were invited to join the datathon co-organised by the RDA-Europe and BlueBRIDGE from June 15 to 16, 2017, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

During the 2-day datathon the participants brainstormed on the following challenges: 

  • Developing a holistic approach to spatial planning for marine protected areas based on knowledge transfer and integration
  • Assessing new fisheries and aquaculture activities and mainstreaming environmental and socioeconomic indicators
  • Incorporating socio-economic and environmental data in aquaculture assessment, strategic planning and performance analysis

The challenge was to fuel new thinking in the holistic analysis of satellite, environmental, biological and socio economic data and the interactions between fisheries, aquaculture and the marine spatial planning. Copernicus, EMODnet, BlueBRIDGE, FAO, Eurostat, Natura2000 were among the relevant datasets that  were made available.

The expected outcome included a vision to cope with a wide range of topics in the planning processes that include EU data services and follow EU Directives:

  • How to fit aquaculture sites in the local natural and human seascapes?
  • What are the common data needs for aquaculture and marine spatial planning?
  • What are the perceived data gaps, and how can these be filled?
  • How to factor in future impacts such as climate change and nutrient pollution?

The event was of particular interest for students, master students, PhD students, post docs, early career researchers, SMEs, scientists and experts from start-ups.

See the Datathon datasets, presentations and the working teams' slides on the resources section