The Iliad Academy

An educational and capacity development hub that will offer online and in-person training and workshops on ocean digitalisation, twinning, marine sustainability, and blue economies.

Iliad Academy

The Iliad Academy, an important component of Iliad's Innovation Booster support, will serve as the educational and capacity development hub for the project and beyond, hosting content related to ocean digitalisation, twinning, marine sustainability, and blue economies. In addition to its online hub, the academy will also organize physical activities offering training and workshops to address the following needs:

1. Fulfill the internal capacity building needs of the ILIAD consortium and its associated partners

The Iliad Academy will organize and/or host all the training sessions, workshops, and materials needed to share the knowledge and expertise with all consortium partners and other relevant European projects. When appropriate, these sessions will be recorded and made available on the platform, for further later use. Any developed toolkits, guidelines, tutorials, or training material could also be made available publicly at a later stage.

2. Cater to the training needs of end-users to benefit from offered DTO tools and developers to add services to the iliad Marketplace

The Iliad Academy will host all training material to help end-users understand the functionality of the iliad DTO, facilitate the usage of the offered applications on its marketplace, and support companies that want to have their services offered on it.

This can include application documentation, guidebooks, tutorials, webinars, training sessions, standards, and best practices. These offerings will be co-designed by receiving continuous feedback from end-users and developers alike to better understand their needs and challenges.

The academy will host diverse, multi-disciplinary content from technical capacity development, to business management support, and policy development and compliance It will also host material it receives from the Iliad Blue Technology Business Innovation Facility (BTBIF) and the iliad Policy Impact Hub (PIF).

Iliad Academy

3. Provide online and in-person educational and professional content related to Blue Growth and ocean sustainability

The Iliad Academy will curate the aforementioned training and capacity-development material and receive additional content from partners to offer to educational institutions as online/offline courses, MOOCs, and to businesses as certificate training programs to their staff.

Read about the Iliad Summer School.

Webinar series

Iliad DTOs webinar series

The NextGEOSS Webinar Series

Transforming Earth observations to knowledge and applications supporting societal needs requires use of various types of technology. Keeping abreast on the latest technological tools is challenging, especially when you have to deliver in your day job.

NextGEOSS has created a series of webinars covering a suite of technological topics relevant for the Earth observation communities. In these webinars you will learn from our NextGEOSS experts, from one or more of our 27 partner organizations. We will also invite experts from our extensive global network of acknowledged experts as well.

View NextGEOSS Webinars

Other Resources

Ocean Best Practices

OBPS: Ocean Best Practices System aims to accelerate the interoperability of observations, convergence of methodologies, and conventions across ocean communities into trusted, transparently developed, context-sensitive best practices and standards by facilitating:

(1) trusted protocols for creation, convergence and endorsement of best practices and other standard methodologies,

(2) interoperability across all dimensions of ocean stakeholders’ needs through propagation and linking of best practices, data and standards, and

(3) broad community engagement with sharing methods, creation and adoption of best practices and capacity development in their use.

The OBPS collection of practices and methods cover all disciplines of ocean science, data management and applications, end-to-end from observations to applications and sustained collections based on open (FAIR) principles. The repository is a target resource for JERICO-CORE and also for the developing Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS)/Ocean InfoHub). The repository’s content is indexed by all the major search engines and harvested by such services as Google Scholar, Scopus, OpenAIRE, ASFA, etc. To support such discovery services, advanced natural language technology has been incorporated into the repository to improve coherent discovery of documents with diverse formats. Search and automated semantic indexing capabilities using authorized vocabularies, are extended into the text within each document to tag words and phrases via text mining and natural language processing techniques.. The repository assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to submitted best practices or uses DOIs already assigned.”

GEO Data Sharing and Data Management Principles

Data Sharing is a pre-requisite for building an effective Global Earth Observation System of Systems. It is the backbone of the abiding GEO vision "a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information."

GEO recognizes that the societal benefits arising from Earth observations can only be fully achieved through the sharing of data, information, knowledge, products and services.

The GEO Data Management Principles build on the GEO Data Sharing Principles in the sense that they adumbrate what is required in terms of data management to allow data to be shared as Open Data, promptly and at minimum cost. Good data management implies a number of activities which ensure that data are discoverable and accessible, that they may be understood and used, and that they are looked after in the long term.

A priority mission for GEO is to encourage the implementation of the Principles by organizations contributing to GEOSS.


The EO4GEO BoK describes both the relationships between the concepts, and the concepts themselves that cover the Geographic Information and Earth Observation domain. As such, it is a consolidation of concepts, theories, methods, and technologies, not a training tool in itself. Still, common points of interest can be identified, and other content can complement our interest in standards and best practices.

See below the list of relevant links for the EO4GEO body of knowledge:

BoK Visualization tool which shows the entire BoK graphically. This allows the user to read through interconnected concepts with required/ideal skills per concept, as well as linked references. Of particular interest are the following concepts, although most of the information hosted in the BoK could be useful in some sense or the other.

  • Marine Monitoring
  • Platforms, sensors, and digital imagery
  • Geospatial data sharing

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