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Objectives: Institutional project aiming in the horizontal co-ordination of all Greek Academic networks. The developed national academic network will be able to offer added value network services to all of its users, including specialized tele-services suitable for educational and distance learning purposes.

Support: Hellenic Ministry of Education.
Duration: 1996-2000.
Coordinator: A. Sideridis
Tech. Consultant: T. Tsiligiridis.

Advanced Telematic Services in Agricultural University of Athens


Objectives: Development and implementation of the local area network of the Athens University of Agriculture. The project includes three phases aiming to improve the network infrastructure through the installation of an FDDI / Fast Ethernet network (100 Mbps), expand the number of network locations to cover all the Labs of the University and to upgrade the Internet line to 2 Mbps and finally to offer the basic Internet services. An additional objective is to install a pilot LATM network to be used for advanced multimedia educational e-services particular applied in agriculture.

Support: Hellenic Ministry of Education
Duration: 1996-2000
Coordinator: ╠. Lukas
Tech. Consultant: T. Tsiligiridis

Development of software tools for the agricultural income

Objectives: The program aims to develop and implement of a software tool for the Greek agricultural income. The application is developed with Clipper and it is installed in a Novel local network.
Support: Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture

Duration: 1995-1996.
Coordinator: T. Tsiligiridis
Partners: Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture

GIS tools for boundary identification of the Hellenic provinces, municipalities and local communities.

Objectives: The program aims to digitize the geographic boundaries of the provinces, municipalities and local communities of the Greek territory. The digitization includes 13 regions (NUTS II), 52 nomos (NUTS III), and 5.500 municipalities and local communities (NUTS IV). The scaling is 1:200.000.

Support: Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture
Duration: 1995-1996.
Coordinator: T. Tsiligiridis
Partners: Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture


Objectives: The main target of the program: Awareness Raising process Regarding Telematics (DART) in the framework of NATURA is to create interest in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and particularly in tele-education within the 35 European Agricultural University - Institutes of the NATURA network. Within the framework of NATURA one of the most important action is to propose and implement the European Virtual Agricultural and Veterinary Faculty.

Support: Telematics Applications Programme (TAP)/┼┼/DGX.III
Duration: 1996-1997.
Coordinator: NATURA, Wageninken University
Nat. Coordinator: T. Tsiligiridis (Agricultural University of Athens)
Partners: Wageninken University (The Netherlands), Agropolis (France), Agricultural University of Athens (Hellas), Agronomique de Gembloux (Belgium), Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of (Denmark), Godollo University of Agricultural Sciences (Hungary)

Restructure Agricultural Statistics: Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing (MARS) project

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Objectives: The primary objectives of this project are:

  • To provide technical support to the EAGGF (European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund) as wells as to the Member States' Administrations in order to improve and industrialize their methods using remote sensing methods.
  • To provide a framework for implementation of the remote sensing technology assessing the use of high-resolution satellite images as part of the measures to be taken by the national governments to improve the ground survey estimates based on an area frame sampling rather than the holding-based approach.
  • To report timely and accurate results of area estimates obtained from the implementation of this fast acquisition statistical data methodology.
    Contribution of Greece in the developments of the MARS project objectives
  • Activity A (Regional inventories): This activity consists mainly of the development, implementation and assessment of crop acreage in the Greek territory, using remotely sensed data (Spot and Landsat-tm images) and the area frame sampling methodology. Cultivations include wheat (soft, durum), barley, maize, cereals, cotton, tobacco, sugar beets, olive trees, vineyards, etc.
  • Activity B (European rapid estimates of acreage and potential yields): This activity provides rapid estimates on the Greek scale of actually planted areas of the main annual crops, as compared to the previous season.
  • Improvement - development and assessment of the agricultural statistical surveys. Completion of software development or improvement, including modifications, expansion, or re-development.
    The stratification method

    The stratification method is implemented gradually in all Greek territory and is finalized in 1995..Samples are obtained by dividing a region into blocks of equal (square) shape and repeating a pattern of elements across the region. Thus, a two-dimensional systematic aligned sampling methodology, with a distance threshold in a stratified area frame on a square grid is developed. The revised methodology is based on systematic aligned sampling techniques; it uses census elements (1991) and provides limited number of strata. The classification is simpler, easier and less costly to implement than the one that is in current use. The developed regression model provided more accurate and viable acreage estimates than a previously applied model and it may be extended to all cultivated Hellenic regions.

    Support: ┼┼/DG.VI, National Statistical Services of Greece (NSSG), Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture.
    Duration: 1995-1997.
    Coordinator: T. Tsiligiridis (Agricultural University of Athens)
    Partners: National Statistical Services of EU, Eurostat


Objectives: Strategy for Organizations Concerted in Rural Advanced Telecommunications Experiments (SOCRATES) is a EU project aiming in the presentation of the existent knowledge and experience already obtained from the development of advanced telecommunications services in several European regions.

Duration: 1993-1994.
Coordinator: Highland Regional Council - Scotland.
Partners: Scotland, Germany, Greece, Ireland
Sub-contracting partner: T.Tsiligirides (Agricultural University of Athens)

BARBARA WP7: Tele-diagnosis in plant diseases, R 2022/RACE II/EC

Objectives: BARBARA (A Broad Range of Community Based Telematic Applications in Rural Areas) project is an Advance Communication Experiment undertaken in the framework of the RACE II programme, with the principal objective of the realisation, by means of demonstration, operation, evaluation, and promotion, of a broad range services in different types of rural areas. Several experiments will be implemented in five EC countries, namely, Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, and Greece. A common feature in each country is the introduction of the community tele-units, which will be developed, installed and operated in selected rural locations of all the involved countries.
WP07: Remote diagnosis of plant diseases', An Overview.
The purpose of the WP07 is to demonstrate and evaluate the use of a rural network for agricultural applications. In particular, the pilot will demonstrate the usability of an integrated multimedia information system for plant disease diagnosis and treatment prescription using advanced broadband communication services.

Support: RACE II/EC/DG.XIII, Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture.
Duration: 1992 - 1994.
Coordinator: Burie B.V - The Netherlands,
Highland Regional Counsil - Scotland.
Partners: The Netherlands, Scotland, UK, Greece. Irland, Portugal.
WP7 Coordinator: T. Tsiligiridis (Agricultural University of Athens).


Objectives: The project aims in the development of an advanced, open architecture software tool, called Domain Independent Intelligent Information and Services Network Interface (DISNET). The interface will be used to access some specially designed and developed multimedia databases. Thus, the user will be able to draw useful information based on some intelligent software systems on different scientific aspects, like medicine, agriculture, transportation, education, business, finance, etc.

Duration 1990 - 1993.
Coordinator: J. Poelen (IDE SA, The Netherlandas).
Partners: The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, UK

Analysis of Local Area Networks (LANs)

Objectives: Although local area networks are widely used, their analysis is still difficult. Formulae have not yet been developed which will provide performance figures for a range of terminals and computers attached to the network. Using a number of reasonable approximations, this work is developing several relatively simple models which will eventually be applied to the evaluation of local area networks.

Support: RSRE and MOD.
Duration: 1988 - 1989.
Coordinator: Prof. D. G. Smith.
Partners: UK, France, Spain.

Mobile Communication

Objectives: An interesting aspect of the RACE I project on mobile cellular systems is the evaluation of how the network will perform when subjected to heavy traffic. The delay and channel availability will be critical to user acceptance. This project involves the development of approximate analytical methods to determine system performance figures, thus allowing rapid comparison with specifications, and identification of bottle-necks. The work will be carried out in conjunction with institutions in several European countries.

Support: R1043/RACE I/EC.
Duration: 1987 - 1989.
Coordinator: Prof. J. Dunlop (Strathclyde University).
Partners: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Sweden.