What is a TRAN ?
TRAN were created at the initiative of the THEIA consortium to bring together public and private structures on a territorial basis, with an interest in collecting, processing and interpreting data for public action.
While the starting point was the distribution of data and products concerning continental surfaces, they are now extended to all the themes associated with DATA TERRA RI: atmosphere (Aeris), oceans (Odatis), solid earth (ForM@ter) and the high-definition satellite imaging device DINAMIS. This is why the name “THEIA RAN (Regional Animation Network)” has now become “THEIA Transversal Regional Animation Network”.
At the interface between science and society
TRAN brings together all those involved in environmental data – producers, researchers and users.
They provide a forum for exchanges between scientists and users to define needs, adapt responses and build shared knowledge of how the Earth system works.
Events like the GeoDataDays in September 2022 in Poitiers (photo opposite) enable Data Terra and its hubs to reach out to ever-expanding communities of contributors and users.
Data and open science
At a time when data is crucial for public action, TRAN also offer a framework within which to circulate this information: getting data out of the labs, identifying data produced by local stakeholders and including it in information systems, improving access, disseminating good practice, informing a wider public, and so on. TRAN can play a role in implementing inclusive local solutions.
How to become a TRAN
To bring players together in an TRAN, three fundamental principles must be respected:
- Liaising with scientists,
- Generate dynamics between Science and users,
- Promote geo-referenced data via the network of CRIGEs
In order to carry out their missions, DATA TERRA accompanies ARTs with the aim of carrying out the inventory of data and meeting scientists on their territories.
Here are some notable examples of the results achieved through TRAN in mainland France
TRAN are a relevant tool for supporting applied research. They intervene at various levels to respond to the digital challenge: raising awareness and training in access to data, enabling products to be appropriated, co-creating new products and services associated with data, offering events, etc.