Thursday, April 13, 2017

Group promotes sharing data

 Now here's something that would be great if it actually works. But I think it's probably just a huge bureaucracy where organizations dump staff they no longer want.

Four more groups are joining The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that has been working for more than a decade to open access to earth observation data and information, and increase awareness around their socioeconomic value.

The four organizations include Conservation International (CI), Earthmind, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Each organization has now joined GEO as a Participating Organization, taking the total number to 110 working internationally to advocate, engage and deliver on open earth data.

The GEO community has been building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that links earth observation resources worldwide across multiple societal benefit areas (SBAs).

These SBAs range from biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability, disaster resilience, energy and mineral resources management, food security, infrastructure and transportation management to public health surveillance, sustainable urban development and water resources management.

CI empowers societies across the globe to sustainably care for nature through science and partnerships. We are excited to join the GEO community, which has long recognized the power of collaboration in leveraging earth observation to benefit humanity,said Daniel Juhn, senior director, Integrated Assessment and Planning Program at Conservation International.
We hope this partnership exemplifies bringing together that science, the right policies, necessary collaboration, and advanced technologies to generate the solutions we need to tackle global sustainability challenges,” he said.

One of Earthmind’s main programs is to recognize conservation in the areas where people live and work, so “we are most honoured and indeed excited to join the GEO community,” said Francis Vorhies, founder and executive director of Earthmind. 
“In so doing, we hope to further encourage voluntary efforts to observe how we managing our planet in order to take better care for it.”

GEO, its members and the broad new set of tools provided by geodata constitute a fantastic step forward in the quest to help farmers from all corners of the world improve their yields and governments to improve their policies to further stimulate agriculture in their respective countries.,” said André Laperrière, executive director of the GODAN Secretariat.

 “This is why GODAN is very glad to become part of GEO and to count the GEO partnership among the GODAN network. We believe that this collaboration will be most fruitful for all parties involved.” 

"UNICEF has learned through experience that problems that go unmeasured often go unsolved,” said Toby Wicks, data strategist at UNICEF.

We will work with the GEO community to link the needs of the world's most vulnerable populations to a rapidly expanding set of data informed solutions, including GEOSS.

This partnership signals an effort to build a world in which a near real-time understanding of risks and global challenges, particularly water resources management and disaster resilience, allows us to work harder and faster, for children."

GEO’s membership includes 104 nations and the European Commission and 110 participating organizations comprised of international bodies making use of/or with a mandate in earth observations.

GEO’s primary focus is to develop a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to enhance the ability of end-users to discover and access earth observation data and convert it to useable and useful information.

 GEO is headquartered in Switzerland.