Being part of the Network opens new opportunities for CISIS, an Italian Association in Veneto Region (Full NEREUS member). Learn more about CISIS’s activities and why the organization joined NEREUS in the following short interview with the Vice-President, Umberto Trivelloni!
Could you share with us a few words about your organisation: why is it interesting for your organisation to use space data and in which respect?
CISIS is an Association that represents the Italian Regions and the autonomous Provinces. It performs the function of the technical body of Conference of the Presidents of the Regions and of the autonomous provinces for everything pertains to IT, geographic and statistician systems. CISIS is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Regions and autonomous Provinces for the subjects of competence and ensure the connection between local authorities and the state bodies for which it is technician interlocutor of reference.
Over the years there has been remarkably increased attention to satellite data also by the Regions and Italian autonomous Provinces, as evidenced by the remainder from the high number of effective members that NEREUS collects on the national territory.
Of particular interest are the studies and the projects increasingly oriented to the use of satellite data, especially those of earth observation for applications that include land use monitoring and land consumption, emergency management and, at this moment, identification and analysis environmental and economic changes due to the lockdown generated by the crisis of Coronavirus.
Why did you decide to join our Network? How did you come across NEREUS? Where do you see an added value of the network to your organisation?
We think that NEREUS is a good opportunity for CISIS to open itself to Europe. We came across NEREUS with the suggestion of Veneto region and his representative Mr. De Zorzi. As I said, going towards Europe is an added value for CISIS.
In which ways do you think that the use of space data can bring substantial changes and benefit our daily lives at a regional level, especially regarding the management of critical issues such as the COVID-19 crisis and climate change? What is your experience?
There is definitely a strong interest in innovation, especially in the field of geographic information which motivated CISIS to expand its interests in EU policies regarding satellite data. That being said, NEREUS represents a true beacon for regional institutions on the subject of satellite information. With regard to COVID-19, we are involved in particular with the identification and analysis of environmental and economic changes generated by this crisis.
How do you wish to make use of our platform? Are there any activities/projects of high importance to your organisation you wish to share with us?
We want to participate in the activities of the Network to have a more wide vision of the issues on satellites. We are currently in various projects that want to use the satellite images for monitoring land use and land cover, also using the new framework EAGLE.
For more information about CISIS, you can visit the relevant website: www.cisis.it