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EFSA Challenge: Visualization of Uncertainty in Geospatial Data

Award:  $5,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 249
Posted: Nov 16 2017
Challenge ID: 9933872
 
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Abstract

Scientific advice is used by risk managers to make evidence based decisions, but scientific data also contain uncertainties. This means limitations in available knowledge that affect the range and probability of possible answers, such as measurement errors, model ambiguity, remaining variation and approximation. In the European context risk maps are frequently used to visualize geospatial differences, but they normally don’t show the uncertainty of the underlying data. Ignoring this can greatly impact the communication and decision making. This Challenge is being launched by ADAS on behalf of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and seeks to identify the most innovative method to visually depict uncertainty in geospatial data. The Solver is asked to demonstrate the method on a limited application of EFSA.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.                           

Overview

Scientific advice is used by risk managers to make evidence based decisions, but scientific data also contain uncertainties. This means limitations in available knowledge that affect the range and probability of possible answers, such as measurement errors during acquisition stage, model ambiguity during the processing stage, remaining variation or approximation during the mapping stage. In the European context risk maps are frequently used to visualize geospatial differences, but they normally don’t show the uncertainty of the underlying data. Ignoring this uncertainty can have severe consequences for communication and decision making based on the underlying data. Several studies have been conducted to assess the usability of uncertainty visualization in regards to communicate data comprising uncertainty, and to assess the effect of uncertainty visualization on decision-making. Indeed several studies provide evidence that the usability of uncertainty representations and the performance in decision making can be highly user and task dependent. This Challenge has the objective to identify the most innovative method to visually depict uncertainty for risk maps in the remit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The proposed method will be then analyzed to assess usability for communicating uncertainty in geospatial data and supporting decision making. The usability of the proposed solution will be assessed in terms of completeness, comprehensibility, and unambiguity.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $5,000, with no award being smaller than $1,000. The award(s) will be paid by ADAS under the procurement contract referenced in the ABOUT THE SEEKER section.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM on 02 January 2018 US Eastern Time (05:59 AM on 03 January 2018 European Central Time.)

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ELIGIBILITY

In line with the rights and obligations laid down in the Staff Regulations and CEOs deriving from their contract of employment with EFSA, EFSA staff shall seek permission prior engaging in the Challenge (outside activity) since receiving the award will be equivalent to accepting from other sources outside EFSA any honor, decoration, favor, gift or payment of any kind.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

EFSA is a decentralized agency of the European Union (EU) funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (European Commission, Council, and European Parliament) and EU Member States. EFSA contributes to the safety of the EU food chain by providing scientific advice to risk managers, by communicating on risks to the public, and by cooperating with Member States and other parties to deliver a coherent, trusted food safety system in the EU.

EFSA (www.efsa.europa.eu) commissioned a two year project in 2016 titled “OC/EFSA/AMU/2015/03: Crowdsourcing: engaging communities effectively in food and feed risk assessment”. This project was awarded to ADAS (www.adas.uk) and this current challenge being run through the InnoCentive platform is being conducted via ADAS on behalf of EFSA as part of this project. ADAS are therefore an intermediary in this process and the ultimate Seeker remains EFSA.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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