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2nd GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop
GEOSS: Supporting Science for the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
Bonn, Germany, August 28—31, 2012

Meeting of the GEO Communities of Practice

Meeting Date: August 28, 2012
Meeting Time: 9:00 to 12:30 (tbc)
Venue: University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, see details.
Contact: Ellsworth LeDrew

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has endorsed the Community of Practice (CoP) concept for many years as an important component for delivery of the GEO activies, both as a way to reach user communities, and as a way to actively engage science communities in the work of GEO.

In the prior management structure for GEO, the linkages between GEO and the CoPs were more clearly defined than they are under the new management structure implemented at the end of 2011. Approaching the end of the first 10-year Implementation Plan, it became necessary to revisit the concept of CoPs as it applies to GEO. This was the goal of the the meeting.

The meeting was open to all, and it was being convened to allow all to provide feedback on the concept of GEO CoPs in general. This meeting seeked to explore the following questions:

  1. Are CoPs a useful concept for GEO? If so, how? If not, why not?
  2. What should GEO offer CoPs (the assumption is that the CoPs participate in order to get something out of GEO - what would that be?)
  3. If CoPs remain a viable concept, what can be done to energize or re-energize them?
Comments from anyone who cannot attend the meeting could be sent to Ellsworth LeDrew at or Kathy Fontaine at, and were shared during the meeting.

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