Focus Area Results

Energy Efficiency

The following general recommendations for future research in the area of ICT for energy efficiency can be summarised:

  • A high proportion of respondents stated high/medium priority for the development of specific tools such as: tools able to match energy production and consumption, both at single building and at community level; tools for education purposes, improvement of retro-fittable technologies, multilevel management of energy, and similar. This shows that there is very specific demand in this sector.
  • The legislative issues are also perceived of high and medium priority by a high percent of respondents.
  • Accessibility of data and software are also perceived as an important issue.

Climate Change

The following general recommendations can be summarised for the ICT and climate research area):

  • Highest priority again was given to free and easy-to-use data capture, followed by analytical tools, access to technical expertise/availability of hardware and database development and management.
  • Analysis of the answers given to the question of the most important future research requirements for ICT development in climate change research clearly shows that the handling of data, soft- and hardware is the key issue in terms of potential for future development: data access possibilities, usability, and general availability are the most frequently named terms.
  • Legislative issues and compliancy are judged to be somewhat less important.


Regarding the area of ICT for biodiversity the following general recommendations can be given

  • Open access to data: Crafting a world in which data are freely shared
  • Open access to software; place the responsibility increasingly in the hands of tax-funded organisations (whether governments or universities) so that the products will be freely available.
  • Promote semanticisation and standards to ensure maximal interoperability, with plug-ins for widely used products such as spread-sheets
  • Promote connections between research applied areas and policy development. Make research relevant and allow it to impact our future.

The highest priority in the biodiversity sector regards the free access to data and software, and the development of tools for exchange.

Natural Resources

Also in the area of ICT for sustainable use of natural resources the recommendations point into a similar direction

  • Again, the highest priority is given to free and easy-to-use data capture, and visualization tools. The use of open-source data and software is judged to be very important also in this sector.
  • Legislative issues are judged to be less important, as well as the development of very specific tools (such as cadastral mapping and geo-referencing, satellite image interpretations, etc.
  • Considerable importance is given also to the development of standards and tools for data exchange and semantic, as in the biodiversity sector.