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