WG1- Science and Technology for Digital Earth 


Stefano Nativi (European Commission DG JRC, Stefano.NATIVI@ec.europa.eu)

Eugene Eremchenko (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, eugene.eremchenko@gmail.com)

Lizhe Wang (China University of Geosciences, China, lizhe.wang@gmail.com )


1. Scope

The scope of the WG1 is to provide scientific and technological knowledge for the definition and implementation of the Digital Earth vision, including a standard baseline and a metrics.


2. Objectives and Methodology

The main goals of WG1 are:

(1) To generate and maintain the definition of the Digital Earth vision - also collecting and coordinating the contributions provided by the other WGs. To strengthen recognition of ISDE as a leading scientific community developing a new geospatial paradigm.

(2) To define and keep updated a Digital Earth index to measure the progress of the Digital Earth vision uptake - this includes developing a metrics (i.e. key indicators) and recognizing existing gaps in the Scientific & Technological development of the Digital Earth vision. Some indicators generation is expected by the other WGs.  To focus the interdisciplinary scientific and R&D community on the most desired areas of research.

(3) To design and develop technology prototypes and application pilots to demonstrate the feasibility of the Digital Earth vision, the effectiveness of its enabling technologies, and the raised opportunities. This links well also with other WG objectives - e.g. WG6 that aims at developing a DE Virtual Laboratory for the SDGs agenda implementation.

The methodological approach of WG1 is based on a cyclic approach. WG1 will adopt a holistic approach to monitor and facilitate the Scientific & Technological development of the Digital Earth vision. This approach builds on the following principles:

(1) Science and technology developments go hand in hand.

(2) The Digital Earth scientific and technological domain must be clearly identified, in respect to other existing disciplines - see also the Manual of Digital Earth and the new Digital Earth definition.

(3) A metrics must be provided.

(4) Gaps are recognized in respect to collected users’ needs and requirements that are instrumental to realize the Digital Earth vision.

The adopted methodology builds on the followings:

(1) Engage the Digital Earth community via workshops and summits, convening experts, developers, and users - establish expert groups on specific topics, where useful.

(2) Work in close collaboration with the other WGs.

(3) Consider the knowledge coming from other relevant initiatives, such as: GEO, UN SDGs, international SDOs, the industrial sector.

(4) Consider the requests coming from the ISDE Council.

3. On-going and Planned Activities

WG1 activation should be inevitably phased, so it is reasonable to start it in a flexible and responsive manner to ensure harmonization and cohesion. 

On the 1st phase (during 2021) WG1 will provide a chain of personalized outreach content in a asynchronous mode through the WG1 personal blogs on the official site of the ISDE, as well as articles, presentations on the different scientific events, reviews, etc. It helps ISDE:

(1) To find the best practices flexibly,

(2) To attract new promising contributor and maybe future members of WG1,

(3) To establish effective niches for outreach,

(4) To strengthen ISDE recognition in the variety of other scientific societies.

The 2nd phase (2022+) should be designed on the basis of the experience of 1st phase.  


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