Outputs and Activities:
Data Sharing
Capacity Building
Science and Technology
User Engagement
Gap Analysis

GEO Task ID-03: Science and Technology in GEOSS

Extended Task Sheet:
Expected Outcome by 2015

C1 Engaging the Science and Technology (S&T) Community in GEOSS Implementation

The overall output of this task and its component is extended buy-in of S&T Communities into GEO and GEOSS, leading to both improved support for the development of GEOSS and the data and services accessible through GEOSS, and a wider use of GEOSS by S&T communities.

Activity 1: Engage with science and technology communities with the goal to promote GEOSS and encourage contributions to the development and implementation of GEOSS

Activity 1.1: Engage science communities in the development of EO-based services that support sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

This activity will work with science communities to identify information needs related to sustainable development and work to facilitate that these information needs are addressed by EO-based services. The main achievement will be a GEOSS focused on the information needs of the global community striving for sustainable development.

Activity 1.2: Encourage the incorporation of new technology in observing systems.

This activity will identify emerging technologies relevant to GEOSS, particularly those that can create a platform for the participation of S&T stakeholders in GEOSS, and promote the incorporation of these technologies in GEOSS. The

Activity 1.3: Develop a framework for the transition of relevant research infrastructures to sustained operation.

The main achievement of this activity will be a process for the identification of research infrastructure that contributes significantly to the long-term observing systems and therefore should be continued in a sustained mode, and a process to promote such infrastructure within GEO and outside, so that resources for a sustained operation can be made available.

Activity 2: Maintain a portfolio of compelling examples illustrating the contribution of science and technology to GEOSS and the value of GEOSS for science and research

Activity 2.1: Populate a GEOSS Science and Technology Portfolio with compelling examples demonstrating the added value of GEOSS for science and technology communities, with particular focus on examples that illustrate the link between GEOSS and information needs for sustainable development.

This activity will complete the GEOSS S&T Portfolio and produce several documentations of this portfolio.

Activity 2.2: Produce multi-media publications of the GEOSS Science and Technology Portfolio illustrating the relevance of GEOSS and EOs for solving urgent societal issues.

As a result of this activity, there will be a suite of outreach documents that show the added value of GEOSS and that also will demonstrate the societal benefits of EOs.

Activity 3: Expand and maintain a GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Network e.g. through regular workshops

Activity 3.1: Continue the sequence of high-level GEOSS S&T Stakeholder Workshops

The main achievement of this activity will be feedback from high-level organization in support of the development of GEOSS and at the same time a promotion of GEOSS in the organizations.

Activity 3.2: Develop a GEOSS S&T (annual) Newsletter focused on international S&T organization supporting knowledge creation for sustainable development.

This activity will achieve an improved awareness of GEO and GEOSS in relevant international S&T communities.

Activity 4: Organize special sessions on GEOSS at major meetings and document these sessions in a web-based system. Develop and maintain a GEOSS Science and Technology Service Suite to support interactions with science and technology communities

Activity 4.1: Organize special sessions on GEOSS and side events on GEO at major meetings.

The main achievement will be an improved awareness of GEO, GEOSS and the role of GEOSS for science and research through a series of special sessions and side events.

Activity 4.2: Continue the development of the GSTSS, including an extensive utility for feedback from S&T communities on GEOSS, EO-related services, and data sets.

The activity will result in a better service for S&T communities and bring these communities closer to GEOSS.

Activity 4.3: Develop a high-level prospectus for a series of SBA-specific major conferences.

An important outcome of this activity would be an improved coordination of the many workshops and conferences organized by groups and CoPs in the nine SBAs.

Activity 5: Maintain the User Requirement Registry (URR) and ensure that S&T needs of GEOSS and its users are captured in the URR

Activity 5.1: Develop a concept of, and implement a knowledge base for the definition and documentation of socio-economic and environmental information needs (SEE IN Knowledge Base) accross all societal sectors and topics, including those represented by the nine SBAs and the theme Tasks, that also supports the development of blue-prints for processes related to knoweldge creation, including model webs.

The SEE IN Knowledge Base is expected to be a core element of the GCI responding to the guidance given by the Minsterial Summit in January 2014.

Activity 5.2: Transition the URR to the SEE IN Knowledge Base

The outcome of this activity will be to ensure that URR contents are fully available through the new SEE IN Knowledge Base.

Activity 5.3: Develop a concept for a collaborative platform which can facilitate the engagement of Task Teams and CoPs in capturing information needs and developing blue-prints.

The outcome will define the characteristics and functionalities of a virtual stakeholder table for the interaction of GEO Task Teams and CoPs in an effort to identify information needs.

Activity 5.4: Develop blueprints for the derivation of essential variables based on overarching goals and targets.

As a result of this activity, there will be a well-defined process to create sets of essential variables for a wide range of goals and targets.

Last edited 02 December 2016

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