GEO sponsors first printing of D_City report

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva – including 90 nations and 67 global science organisations – has sponsored and adopted two printings of  the D_City manifesto: the world’s first comprehensive ‘snapshot’ report on GEO’s vision to establish a global Earth simulations system.

Warmly received by several hundred space scientists after its lunch at the August 2013 International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) conference in Kuching, Malaysia, the ‘D_City: Digital Earth | Virtual Nations | Data Cities’ report also is being commended by publishers and editors of the top three international geospatial trade publications (Geospatial World, Sensors and Systems and Apogeo spatial), the science solutions for developing countries news agency (SciDev.Net), architecture book publishers Actar, and the quarterly journal for city governments (Cities Today). They are all supporting different aspects of the emerging ‘Science for Cities’ and ‘Data Cities’ movement.

Shortly before the ISDE conference, GEO and the ISDE issued a joint media release announcing GEO’s approval of the report, which was co-edited by two founder leaders of the ISDE’s digital cities working party, Davina Jackson and Richard Simpson. They collaborated on D_City (the ‘D’ being defined as ‘dynamic digital data design for decent development’) to help educate next generation urban development professionals about effective ways of using geospatial technologies.

The D_City report can be read and downloaded at It has been online since early 2012. The current update includes a ‘Postscript’ summary of latest advances supporting the GEO co-ordinated ‘global Earth observations system of systems’ (GEOSS) project.

Editorial Board members for the D_City report include GEO's Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan and ISDE leaders Tim Foresman (associate editor), Massimo Craglia, John van Genderen, Michael Goodchild, Milan Konečný, and Abbas Rajabifard. Other ISDE leaders, including president John Richards, secretary general Guo Huadong, Alessandro Annoni and Peter Droege, provided comments for a special feature titled 'Debating the Data Deluge'.