The official start of SLICE3D (Slovenian Centre of Excellence on 3D Geodata) was on September 1, 2017. The project focuses on diminishing differences among EU Member States regarding research and innovation in the fields of geodata, Earth Observation (EO) and geoinformatics.

The consortium, coordinated by the University of Ljubljana, includes a governmental institution (Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia) as well as a SME (XLAB d. o. o.) from the widening country, and partners with long-standing experience in the fields of geospatial technologies, 3D mapping, and business planning (Fondazione Bruno Kessler from Italy, KU Leuven from Belgium, University of Twente and Valorisation from the Netherlands, Swisstopo from Switzerland). Within the 1-year project, a formal and strong cooperation will be developed between the involved partners to provide the platform for knowledge transfer and strengthening of research and innovation (R&I) capacities in the widening country (Slovenia), with some R&I performance results below EU thresholds, as well as wider in the region.

Our ambition is to create a Centre of Excellence that will achieve strong medium- and long-term scientific presence at the European and international level. The focus of SLICE3D will be to realize excellence through education programs and research and innovation (R&I) projects using cutting-edge geospatial technologies, resulting in tangible results supplied to market players. The Centre will thus be an important technology bridge for the industrial use of research results. Beside the scientific goals, the societal and economic contributions are emphasized. For this purpose, in synergy to the scientific agenda, a clear innovation path is foreseen. This will ensure scientific excellence and a strong positioning of Slovenia within the relevant domains.

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