FP7-EU Project ITACA increases its awareness with the End Users Workshop

ITACA project aims at recognizing, monitoring and managing underwater archaeological sites in coastal area using remote sensing data. End Users from different Countries, among which archaeologists, decision makers and researchers, have discussed how to benefit from ITACA.

Online PR News – 19-April-2014 – Palermo (Sicily, Italy) – March 27-29, 2014 - FP7-EU Project ITACA (Innovation Technologies and Applications for Coastal Archaeological sites) has shared its objectives with End Users from different Countries (e.g. Australia, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Tunisia). Several End Users among which archaeologists, decision makers and researchers attended the conference. They met in Palermo at the Conference Hall of the Sicilian Regional Department for Underwater archaeological sites (Soprintendenza del Mare - Via Lungarini, 9) to discuss with the Project team about the solutions that ITACA can offer using Optical and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite images for recognizing, monitoring and managing underwater archaeological sites. The three-day workshop has dedicated the first one to partners internal discussion, while the second has hosted the workshop with the End Users. On the third day, a visit to the Punic ship Museum and to the Motia isle (the ancient Phoenician city located in front of Trapani) has been organized.

Both Sicilian Regional Department for Underwater archaeological sites and Hellenic Institute for Marine Archaeology (I.EN.A.E. – Greece), as project partners and end users, will benefit from free use of ITACA services or products.

After the End Users workshop ITACA project is really taking off. Next steps are the development of the specific Earth Observation methods, images acquisition, processing, data fusion and application of shape detection algorithms. A two-stage campaign on the sea in Italy and Greece using high technology equipment’s and scuba diver inspections will validate the developed technology. A six-month trial service will be provided on the project website throughout a Web GIS.
Finally an International Final Conference planned in Athens by the end of the project (March 2016) will present the final results.

ITACA is a project funded by European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) started on January 2014 and it will last for 27 months. The Consortium is coordinated by Planetek Hellas E.P.E. (GR) and complemented by the following companies and organizations: ALMA Sistemi Sas (IT), ANESTI Ltd (UK), CODEVINTEC Srl (IT), DHI GRAS (DK), FFCUL (PT), I.EN.A.E. (GR), Kell Srl (IT), NAIS Srl (IT), Regione Sicilia (IT), SME4SPACE VZW (BE). For more information about ITACA project please visit our website www.itaca-fp7.eu.