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Welcome to the Greek chapter of the international non-profit organization "Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology» (CAA-GR). Members of CAA-GR are scientists from the fields of archeology, social sciences, life sciences, arts, mathematics, information technology, engineers and scientists in all fields of cultural heritage.

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Elections 2018 for CAA-GR Board members

According to the CAA-GR constitution members of the CAA-GR Board are elected for a 3 year term with the right to be re-elected for a second term. Three of the current Board members, Apostolos Sarris (Chair), Eleftheria Paliou (Vice or Deputy Chair) and Costas Papadopoulos are stepping down as they are completing their second 3 year term. The rest of the current Board members have already given notice that will stand for re-election, however, all Board positions will be open to interested eligible candidates.

In this respect we are launching the election procedure for new Board members. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for any Board position. The elections will be conducted with electronic voting through SurveyMonkey. The election process will be supervised by CAA-Int members.

Eligible candidates should notify the current members of the Board for their willingness to stand for elections for a position at the Board at least 10 days before the election date (Friday, 25 May 2018). Interested CAA-GR members should submit a candidacy declaration form through the web site of CAA-GR by indicating the position of the Board at which they would like to be elected and uploading a 2-page CV, as well as a photograph.

The corresponding form can be found here (closed).

All information on eligible candidates will be made accessible to CAA-GR members via the CAA-GR website.

1. Important Dates

Candidacy form open: Friday, 11 May 2018
Deadline for candidates: Friday, 25 May 2018
e-Vote start: Monday, 4 June 2018
e-Vote end: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Announcement of results:  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 during the AGM in CAA-GR 2018.

2. General Information about the Board of CAA-GR

According to the current Constitution of CAA-GR:
1. CAA-GR shall be administered by five Board members.
2. The Board will be elected after each CAA-GR general meeting. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate.
3. One of the Board members of CAA-GR will be designated, by the other members of the Board, as the representative of the national chapter to CAA international (ex-officio member of the steering committee of the international CAA [article 4.iv]). In the case that the designated representative of CAA GR is not able to attend an international CAA conference, another Board member may be chosen by the Board to represent CAA GR at the Steering Committee of that conference.
4. The Board members - to the best of their ability - should pursue participation in the international CAA conferences during their term
5. The task of the Board is:
a) To meet at least once a year during the international annual conference or at any other place convenient to the board’s members
b) To ensure, to the best of their ability, that a national conference does take place every two – three years
c) To arrange to the best of their ability, a peer-reviewed publication of selected papers given at these conferences

3. Board Members Responsibilities - Position Descriptions

All board members act as representatives of the CAA-GR community in CAA International conference meetings and activities. They are expected to attend the CAA-GR and CAA-Int conferences to the best of their ability and work in connection with the relevant CAA-Int committees to actively promote the CAA-Int policies.

Chair
The primary role of the Chairperson is to provide coordination for the group. They must be dynamic, strategic and willing to commit a not insubstantial effort to the building of the community over the duration of their tenure. The Chair is responsible for making sure that each scientific meeting is planned effectively, conducted according to the constitution and that matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner. The CAA-GR Chair will need to attend most frequently the CAA-International conferences and provide information about the activities of CAA-GR.

Deputy Chair
The deputy chair works with the chairperson to ensure that each scientific meeting and other activities (e.g. seminars, events) proceed smoothly. S/he must be willing and able to take up a high profile role assuming duties of the chairperson when the latter is unavailable. Such duties will be decided on a case by case basis by all members of the Board. The vice-chair works in close collaboration with the relevant organising committees to oversee, report and communicate with different stakeholders, (including the academic community, industry, agencies, Government, university leaders, and the wider public) the preparation of conferences and other events in which the CAA-GR is directly involved.

Secretary
The Secretary must ensure that the CAA-GR operation is fully and properly recorded. Specifically, this means that the Secretary must arrange, prepare agendas for, and record the minutes of each scientific meeting. They must ensure that messages are communicated effectively between the board, the Scientific Committees, the members of CAA-GR and the broader community. The secretary is also in charge of any matters related to members and membership.

Publications officer
The Publications Officer is charged with the management of the CAA-GR official publication strategy. Each Scientific Meeting should have a person in charge of the publication of the proceedings. The Publications Officer will oversee this process ensuring that any printed and/or digital outputs comply with CAA-GR and CAA-Int. standards in the field and follows open-access policies for research outputs. In this capacity, the Publications Officer will also develop a strategy for, and implement the dissemination of the papers and presentations of the event, through sourcing and coordination of peer reviewers, liaison with web editors/ publishers etc. S/he will also ensure the proper editing of the proceedings of a Scientific Meeting in collaboration with the person in charge from the SM Organising Committee.

Treasurer
The Treasurer oversees the financial administration of the organisation, reviews procedures and financial reporting, and advises the board and conference organisers on financial strategy and fundraising. The Treasurer should also keep up-to-date records as well as an audit trail for all transactions, protect the organisation against fraud and theft, ensure safe custody of money and prompt banking, and make sure the CAA-GR board members understand their financial obligations and that the organisation complies with any tax regulations. Internal processes and reporting methods should be reviewed at least annually.

4. Eligibility Criteria

All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates must have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences. Board Members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years.

5. Changes to the Constitution of CAA-GR

During the elections procedure all voting members will also be asked to decide on proposed changes to the CAA-GR constitution. Any changes to this constitution must be approved by a 75% majority of votes at a GM or e-voting session. Such changes shall not take effect until they have been announced at the GM and/or at the CAA-GR website. Below are the proposed changes to the current CAA-GR constitution by the CAA-GR board. Propositions for changes of the Constitution by CAA-GR members are also welcome. If you wish to propose a change in the constitution to be included in this vote, please inform us by replying to this email or by using the CAA-GR website contact form by Thursday, 31 May 2018.

TOPIC1: THE RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO BE ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD

Current state
III. 3. Members are entitled to the following:
a) keep their name and address on the mailing list held by the representatives of the CAA Greece
b) receive a copy of all mailings
c) vote at the general meetings (GM) of CAA-GR

Proposed changes
III.3. Members are entitled to the following:
a) keep their name and address on the mailing list held by the representatives of the CAA Greece
b) receive a copy of all mailings
c) vote at the general meetings (GM) of CAA-GR, including electronic voting
d) be eligible candidates for the board

Justification note
This change intends to amend the omission in previous versions of the right to be elected to the CAA-GR board into the CAA-GR constitution text.

TOPIC 2: ENCOURAGEMENT OF MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAA-GR BOARD

Current state
IV.4. The election of the Board shall take place at the GM, normally by show of hands. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate. All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates must have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences. Board Members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years.

Proposed changes
IV.4. The election of the Board shall take place at the GM, normally by show of hands. The Board for CAA GR has the right to opt for electronic voting whenever this is deemed appropriate. All nominations must be submitted to the present Board members at least 10 days beforehand and the willingness of the candidate to stand must be demonstrated. Eligible candidates are members who have exhibited participation at the CAA international conferences and  the CAA-GR  conferences in the last 7 years. In particular, eligible members for the position of the chair and deputy chair need to have exhibited participation at the CAA International conferences in the last 5 years.

CAA GR is an open organisation led by the research community and aims to encourage as many qualified candidates as possible to serve as CAA GR Board members. In this respect, Board members can be re-elected only once for the same position in the Board. Each term in the Board will last for 3 years. Members of the Board that have already spent two terms at any position of the Board will not be eligible candidates for any other position of the Board, except after a period of 6 years. The board can invite eligible members who have served in the past to re-apply under exceptional circumstances and in case there are no eligible candidates for a given position.

Justification note
As stated in the proposed text, the aim of the CAA-GR is to encourage participation to the CAA-GR board. By implementing this change the intention is to keep the CAA-GR board as open as possible to qualified members of the CAA-GR community. Provided that the proposed change is accepted by CAA-GR members, it will take effect on the following elections in 3 years time.

TOPIC 3: ADDITION OF ANOTHER POSITION IN THE CAA-GR BOARD: Social Media, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Current state
IV. 1. CAA-GR shall be administered by five Board members.

Proposed changes
IV.1. CAA-GR shall be administered by six Board members.

Justification note
This provision is specifically made for the set up of a Social Media, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, whose duties includes all elements of the branding and marketing of CAA-GR. S/he will be expected to develop the strategies for communicating with different stakeholders, including the academic community, industry, agencies, Government, university leaders, and the wider public. S/he will also be the administrator of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media CAA-GR pages, while being in charge of constantly updating the CAA-GR website as instructed by the board members and according to decisions taken in SC meetings and AGMs. S/he will also lead the web and social media strategies.

This provision will not take effect in these board elections. However, if this proposed change is accepted by CAA-GR members the new board will advertise the position immediately after this year’s CAA-GR conference.

Copernicus Masters 2018 Submissions Open 1 April

Copernicus Programme Provides Valuable Economic Benefits

Copernicus is Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation programme and provides full free and open access to data for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains. It is estimated that investments in the programme will increase to EUR 7.5 billion by 2020, while the economic benefit is expected to double in value. Every euro invested in Copernicus activities by public authorities, results in a EUR 1.4 benefit to the whole economy.

The Copernicus Masters awards applications and ideas that are using Copernicus data to tackle important challenges faced by business and society, with 2018 submissions opening 1 April.

Oberpfaffenhofen, 28 April 2018 – 10 Petabytes of free Earth Observation (EO) data is generated by the Copernicus Programme every year. This data enables the Copernicus services to deliver near-real-time data on a global level, contributing toward the sustainable management of the environment. The data is sourced both from the family of Sentinel satellite missions, contributing missions (existing commercial and public satellites) and from a multitude of in situ sensors. Big data from space holds great potential for the development of ideas and solutions in many (non-space) sectors. As these ideas continue to develop into commercially viable solutions, the economic benefits continue to grow.

The Copernicus Masters 2018 – Europe’s leading innovation competition for Earth observation (EO) – is searching for such outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts from future-oriented SMEs, startups, universities and individuals in the fields of business, research, and higher education.

From 1 April to 30 June, participants of the Copernicus Masters can submit their innovative EO ideas to 16 challenges offered by the largest number of world-class partners since the competition started. Partners of the 2018 edition are the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), CGI, Planet Inc., BayWa AG, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., Airbus, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd., and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

"The Copernicus Masters has developed into an important innovation driver for Earth observation. Solutions submitted to the competition not only benefit citizens but also bring multiple socio-economic advantages into various economic areas," states Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes. ESA is an initiating partner of the Copernicus Masters and has set a challenge for participants every year since 2011.

Participants can demonstrate their innovative use of Earth observation data across a wide variety of challenge topics, including the fields of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, energy, health, sustainable living, smart farming, disaster management, maritime, defence & security, forestry, and smart farming, digital transportation, as well as smart cities.

For the second year running, the European Commission (EC) offers six additional European challenges, covering the topics of sustainable development, government, data access, B2B applications, land monitoring and emergency management. Participants also have the unique opportunity to build their solutions with additional satellite data sources offered by the new partners of the competition.

Together with cash prizes, challenge winners will receive access to an international network of leading Earth observation organisations, substantial satellite data quotas, crowd investing platform, and business development support worth more than EUR 600,000 in total. Additionally, the Overall Winner receives a VIP trip to a Satellite launch in Kourou valued at EUR 10,000.

 “We're proud of the active role the Copernicus Masters is playing in the commercialisation of Earth observation services," adds Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director of AZO, the competition organiser. "Since 2011, the competition has selected 87 winners in total. They were chosen out of more than 2700 entrants from 73 different countries, who submitted over 1100 cutting-edge business ideas. This is an excellent demonstration of how the innovation competition functions as a European deal flow pipeline for Earth observation."

In addition, the Copernicus Masters is complemented by the Copernicus Accelerator to empower the transformation of great ideas into commercially viable solutions through a tailored 12-month business coaching service. All winners of the Copernicus Masters 2018 will gain access to the Copernicus Accelerator if eligible.

For more details on this year's challenges, prizes, and partners, please visit www.copernicus-masters.com. For more information, please see space-of-innovation.com.

Additional information on the Copernicus programme is available at: www.esa.int/copernicus and www.copernicus.eu.

About AZO – Your Partner in Competition & Innovation

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public - and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of European Satellite Masters (ESNC), Copernicus Masters, Space Exploration Masters, and INNOspace Masters. AZO has been supporting entrepreneurship with more than 130 company foundations to date and the creation of 1,800 high-tech jobs in Bavaria with an annual turnover of about EUR 150 million. Additionally, AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2016/17 as well as the ESA Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria. For more information, please visit www.azo-space.com.

Copernicus Accelerator - A PROJECT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION – DG GROWTH

The Copernicus Accelerator Programme is an initiative funded by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) of the European Commission. The DG GROWTH is responsible for: Completing the Internal Market for goods and services, helping turn the EU into a smart, sustainable, and inclusive economy by implementing the industrial and sectorial policies of the flagship Europe 2020 initiative, fostering entrepreneurship and growth by reducing the administrative burden on small businesses, facilitating access to funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and supporting access to global markets for EU companies. All of these actions are encapsulated in the Small Business Act, generating policy on the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights, coordinating the EU’s position and negotiations in the international intellectual property rights (IPR) system, and assisting innovators on using IP rights effectively; and implementing the EU’s space policy via its two large-scale satellite programmes Copernicus (for Earth observation) and Galileo (for global navigation), as well as research actions designed to spur technological innovation and economic growth. http://ec.europa.eu/growth/about-us/index_en.html

Press contact:

AZO

Regine Heue

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

Head of Marketing & Communications

Friedrichshafener Str. 1

marketing@azo-space.com

82205 Gilching/Oberpfaffenhofen

 

Seminar on Spatial Image Analysis

Dipylon, a nonprofit society for the study of ancient topography  is launching a new seminar entitled “Spatial Image Analysis” under the auspices of the Greek chapter of the international nonprofit organization "Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology" (CAA-GR), with the support of the Laboratory of Geophysics - Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-Environment of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies.

This workshop is an introduction to Spatial Image Analytics and its main goal is to familiarise participants with the basic terms, concepts and methods used throughout the process of performing this analysis. More specifically, this seminar is of interest to a variety of digital humanities students, scholars and professionals who work with images (emphasis is placed on History, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management).

Instructor: Αngeliki Chrysanthi, Digital Heritage MSc, PhD. https://chester.academia.edu/AngelikiChrysanthi
Duration: 10 hours in 3 weekly meetings
Time: 17:30-20:30
Dates: every Thursday  April 19 – May 3, 2018
Language: Greek
Place: Dipylon offices, Roma 5, 106 73, Athens
Applications: until April 13, 2018. Maximum number of participants: 10. On a first-come first-served basis.
Participation fee (per person): € 80

Further information: Katerina Stathi info@dipylon.org

Seminar - Historical cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The non-profit Society for the study of ancient topography Dipylon in collaboration with the worker cooperation commonspace under the auspices of the Greek Chapter of the International non-profit organization Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-GR), with the support of the Laboratory of Geophysics - Satellite Remote Sensing &Archaeo-Environment of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies organizes a seminar on "Spatial thinking in Archaeology and History using GIS".

The purpose of the seminar is to familiarize participants with the basic principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their main applications in history and archaeology.

Instructor: Eleni Mougiakou, GIS expert, MSc Geoinformatics NTUA
Invited Speaker: Georgios Liakopoulos, Historian-Ottomanist, Ph.D., Royal Holloway, University of London
Duration: 24 hours in 8 weekly meetings
Time: 17:30-20:30
Dates: every Thursday February 8 - March 29, 2018
Language: Greek
Place: DIPYLON offices, Roma 5, 106 73, Athens
Participation cost (per person): € 120
Applications: until February 4, 2018. Maximum number of participants: 10 on a first-come first-served basis.
Grants: 2 grants to unemployed persons will be given out by Dipylon and commonspace.
Further information: Κaterina Stathi: info@dipylon.org

CAA-GR Conference 2016 Proceedings are now available!

We are pleased to announce that the CAA-GR 2016 proceedings have been published in the form of an e-book with an ISBN. We are grateful to the members of the scientific committee for their invaluable contribution to the publication of the proceedings.

The full title of the volume is:

Vavouranakis, G., Katsianis, M., Papadatos, I., Mouliou, M. and Petridis, P. (Eds) 2017. Digital pasts for the Present. Proceedings of the 2nd conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Greek Chapter (CAA-GR) Athens, 22-23 December 2016. Athens: Department of History and Archaeology - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. ISBN: 978-618-81101-8-2.

You may download the proceedings as a PDF file here (30.8 MB)