Sven Schade

Brief description: Geospatial Information Scientist, Promoter of Open Innovation, Digital Earth Enthusiast


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About me

My work focuses on knowledge extraction from (big) data by using geospatial analytics, multi-disciplinary interoperability, and open innovation. The underlying interests include (i) research on Citizen Science and the Internet of Things, (ii) policy, especially Responsible Research and Innovaiton, Open Science and Digital Social Innovaiton; and (iii) technology, including Observation Web and Linked Data.


Since September 2013, I am working as a scientific officer for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), where I was already employed for three years as a post-doc (2009-2012) and six months as an intern (2005). Before re-joining the JRC, I worked at the European Environment Agency (EEA) as project manager for the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). In my early career, I spent ten years with the Institute for Geoinformatics (IfGI) of the University of Muenster - where I completed my diploma and PhD studies (in 2004 and 2009, respectively) and contributed to numerous national and European-level research projects in the area of geospatial information science. At IfGI, I was employed as a member of the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) and between 2006 and 2009 I also worked as technical consultant for Geospatial Partners s.r.l.


I am the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR), council member of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), co-organiser of several scientific symposia, Advisory Board Member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and of the Geo-for-all initiative, and have authored and co-authored more than 100 publications in the fields of geospatial semantics, observation web and next-generation knowledge infrastructures.


A recent CV is available here.


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