Report: Build your own sensor – in Norway

The hackAIR pilot project in Norway has an ambitious objective: to get enough low-cost sensors running across the city of Oslo that street-level predictions of air quality become possible. 57 hackAIR home sensors have already been distributed – contact NILU if you want to host one as well.

Last week, 16 citizens from different backgrounds (scientists, students, professionals working on meteorology and occupational health and other interested people) met in Oslo to build their own air quality sensors, together with the Norwegian hackAIR partner NILU. To make the process easier, the team had prepared a USB stick with the necessary software so that participants could download it from the stick and save time. Several of the sensors that were assembled in this workshop are already up and running at participants’ homes in the Oslo region.

On April 25, the hackAIR team at NILU offered a breakfast seminar at Oslo Science Park. 45 participants came: researchers, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and university students. Hai-Ying Liu presented the hackAIR platform with its features, the hackAIR app and the different air quality sensors. The assessment results of the performance of the sensors that are currently researched in Oslo were also part of the presentation. The seminar participants engaged in a lively discussion with interesting questions.

Thanks to the recent activities, hackAIR is now also spreading beyond Oslo to the city of Bergen:

hackAIR introduction webinar, 27 April 2016

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When? Wednesday, 27 April 2016 at 15:00 CET / 16:00 EET (what’s this in my timezone?)

How long? Ca. 45 minutes

Where? Online – participate from the comfort of your office

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Christodoulos Keratidis, hackAIR project coordinator, DRAXIS

Arne Fellermann, air quality officer, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)

Wiebke Herding, hackAIR dissemination manager, ON:SUBJECT

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hackAIR is an EU-funded project aiming to develop an open technology platform for citizen observatories on air quality. It is supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018.

Following a co-creation process with users and the development of the hackAIR platform and its components, the hackAIR platform will be pilot tested in Norway and Germany starting in September 2017 in order to validate the service platform and contribute towards individual and collective awareness about air quality in Europe, encouraging changes in behaviour towards air quality improvements.

By pilot testing the hackAIR platform and related collective sensing tools, the project aims to raise collective awareness about the daily levels of human exposure to air pollution.

In this webinar, we will introduce the hackAIR approach and technology, explain opportunities to shape the platform and use it in your communities, and answer questions you might have.

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1st International Workshop on Internet and Social media for Environmental Monitoring (ISEM 2016)

In cooperation with our partner in hackAIR CERTH, we co-organised a workshop that took place during the 3rd International Conference on Internet Science INSCI16 – Florence, 12-14 /9/2016.

More information on the event can be read here:

Or download the publication with revised selected papers Collective Online Platforms for Financial and Environmental Awareness.

ISEM 2016 aims at presenting the most recent works in the area of environmental monitoring based on web resources and social media with an emphasis on user generated content. The advancements in digital technologies and the high internet penetration have facilitated the sharing of environmental information, such as meteorological measurements and nature observation. Since the analysis of environmental information is critical both for human activities (e.g. agriculture) and for the sustainability of the planet (e.g. global warming), it is of great importance to develop techniques for the retrieval and aggregation of the environmental information that is available over the internet. Of particular interest is the exploitation of user generated content, which although in many cases can be of low quality, it can provide important information regarding areas that are not monitored by existing stations. In this context, ISEM 2016 focuses on analysis, retrieval and aggregation of environmental data from the internet and social media (including user generated content), as well as on personalised services and decision support environmental applications.

Research topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental web data Indexing and Retrieval
  • Analysis of multimedia environmental user generated content
  • Computer Vision for Environmental Video and Image Processing
  • Multimedia Analysis for Weather Phenomena and Natural Disasters Understanding
  • Participatory and Social Environmental Media Analysis
  • Discovery of Environmental Multimedia Information in the web
  • Content Extraction from Environmental Data in the web
  • Aggregation of environmental data
  • Personalised Services based on Environmental Information
  • Fusion of Multimedia Environmental Information.
  • Interfaces, Presentation and Visualization tools for Environmental Data
  • Semantic Web Approaches for Environmental Data
  • Decision support services and reasoning of Multimedia Environmental Data


Stefanos Vrochidis (CERTH)

Symeon Papadopoulos (CERTH)

Christodoulos Keratidis (DRAXIS)

Panagiota Syropoulou (DRAXIS)

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