DBAR raised attentions by GEO community


DBAR and its Alliance raised attentions by GEO community

Representatives of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), participated the thirteenth Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary Meeting, held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation from 9-10 November, 2016. As a participating organization of GEO, ISDE submitted a statement to the plenary. The statement introduced ISDE’s new flagship mid-long term activities, the Digital Belt and Road program and Digital Belt and Road Scientific Alliance. “Digital Belt and Road program, shortly named DBAR, is an international, open and inclusive big-science program for promoting cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road route to demonstrate and foster the smart uses and applications of “Big Data” and Earth Observations in support of the sustainable development of people and economies at local, national and regional levels. ” stated by ISDE, “The Digital Belt and Road Scientific Alliance, with support of the China Association for Science and Technology(CAST), aims to build up a network for scientists using digital earth technology and geospatial information to solve problems encountered in global environmental change and social economic development. ”

To promote these ISDE flagships to be correspondence and consistent with objectives of GEO, and raise more awareness by the GEO community, ISDE organized a DBAR side meeting to discuss these topics on 7th November. “ISDE is willing to dedicate future Digital Earth Symposia and Summits as a platform for scientific exchange of GEO / GEOSS related issues, especially with the DBAR program and the Digital Belt and Road Scientific Alliance, to promote GEO’s vision” said Prof. Wang Changlin, executive director and council member of ISDE, in the side meeting.



ISDE Side meeting


GEO is one of the supporters of the Digital Belt and Road Scientific Alliance. GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara Ryan, was invited to be in this side meeting for more discussions on the topics of co-operations between both. Totally 15 delegates, from Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and others organizations who had the interested in DBAR, joined in the side meeting.



Discussions between GEO and ISDE



Discussions between GEO and ISDE


The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is comprised of 103 Member governments, and 106 Participating Organizations. Established in 2005, GEO strives to improve the world’s observation systems and provide policy makers and scientists with accurate and useful data that can be used to make informed decisions on issues affecting the planet. ISDE joined GEO, as a participating organization in 2009.