WGs meeting in Skopje

WGs meeting in Skopje

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its next WGs meeting in Skopje, fYR Macedonia, on July 13-14, 2018, at the Faculty of Computer Science and Enginee¸ring (FCSE), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The meeting aims and facilitating joint research efforts and finalizing the work on BigSkyEarth book. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss possibilities for the continuation of BigSkyEarth network collaboration after the end of COST funding.

The main topic of the meeting is wrapping up the discussion and materials on the BigSkyEarth book and discussing possible activities after the end of formal COST Action.


BigSkyEarth will provide travel and accommodation reimbursements to a limited number of meeting participants. HERE you can find a form where you can register for the meeting and apply for the reimbursements. The final number of participants selected for reimbursement will be based on the available budget.

Updates on the meeting preparation are distributed to BigSkyEarth members – if you are not a member, follow instructions for registration in “Become a Member” section (see the right column on this webpage).


The meeting will take place at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FCSE), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.
Meeting place/room: Amphitheater of FCSE, which is in the building opposite from the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy. (The building is denoted as a red rectangle on the map)

All the information on the venue, accommodation, travel and local places of interest are available in this INFO PACKAGE (PDF)



Please, follow this link to register and apply for reimbursement covering travel and accommodation expenses (there will be special considerations with respect to supporting COST policies on promoting gender balance, enabling Early Career Investigators and broadening geographical inclusiveness):

FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/XNpf69Z2Uqkb11E52

NOTE: reimbursements are possible only to the invited speakers and to the participants coming from institutions in BigSkyEarth member countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, fYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom. Members of the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory from Armenia are also eligible for grants.


All the information on the venue, accommodation, travel and local places of interest are available in this: INFO PACKAGE (PDF).

What is BigSkyEarth?

With the current emergence of Terabyte(TB)-scale astronomical and Earth observation systems, the traditional approach to basic functions such as data searching, analytics or visualization are becoming increasingly difficult to handle. Simple database queries can result now in data subsets so large that they are incomprehensible, slow (or even impossible) to handle, and impossible to visualize with commodity visualization tools. Astronomy and remote sensing complement each other, as they are on the quest for new Big Data interpretation capabilities: both disciplines have peculiar data, typical data processing and analysis chains, and specific models to be fed with data. However, both disciplines lack the capabilities for easily accessible semantics-oriented browsing (usage of higher level descriptive expressions) in large data archives. Therefore, joint efforts to design and develop innovative Big Data tools should help users in many different fields and set new standards for many communities. This has identified several broad challenges to this line of reasoning that need multidisciplinary approach through international networking of experts and professionals. These challenges are then channelled into Action Objectives:
Challenge A: Digital curation and data access
Challenge B: New frontiers in visualization
Challenge C: Adaptation to new high performance computing (HPC) technologies
Challenge D: New generation of scientists in the age of interdisciplinarity
For more detail see the description of the Action in Memorandum of Understanding.