The development of innovative and pioneering concepts for geotechnologies and the practical realization of these concepts is a corner stone of the 52°North Initiative mission. In order to encourage student participation, the 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics was initiated.
This year’s competition yielded two outstanding projects. In February, Daniel Nüst, diploma student at the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster, was awarded first prize for his project “sos4R – Accessing a Sensor Observation Service from R“. He was joined by Alexander McKeown and James McHugh from the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) ICT Centre in Tasmania, Australia, who also received first prize for their proposal “Developing an SOS Client for Use by the General Public”. Each first prize was endowed with 2000,- EUR, as well as the unique opportunity to work with 52°North academics on-site to develop prototypical implementation of their concepts.
52N expertise was in demand at the most recent OGC Technical committee Meeting. Presentations of 52N software implementations and research topics in the Domain and Standards Working Groups helped to further the standardization process.
Dr. Ingo Simonis, former 52°North Sensor Web Community Lead received the Gardels Award by the Open Geospatial Consortium for his outstanding dedication and contributions for the Sensor Web Enablement standardization at OGC. Ingo was one of the founding members of the 52°North Initiative and of the Sensor Web Community. He successfully integrated work on SWE within the initiative into the OGC standardization process. The Gardels Award is presented each year to an individual that made exceptional contributions.
This year's winners of the 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010 present the results of their work. Daniel Nüst (Institute for Geoinformatics, Uni Muenster, Germany) presents "sos4R – Accessing a Sensor Observation Service from R”. Alexander McKeown and James McHugh from the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) ICT Centre in Tasmania, Australia present “Developing an SOS Client for Use by the General Public”.