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Cooperation with GEO initiatives:


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QA4EO has been endorsed by CEOS as a contribution to facilitate the GEO vision for a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The aim of GEOSS is to deliver comprehensiveand timely knowledge / information products worldwide to meet the needs of nine “societal benefit areas”(Disasters, health, energy, climate, water, weather, ecosystems, agriculture and biodiversity). This can only be achieved through the synergistic use of data derived from a variety of sources (satellite, airborne and in situ) and the coordination of the resources and efforts of the GEO members.

GeoViQua has participated in the 2011 - QA4EO Workshop on 'Providing Harmonised Quality Information in Earth Observation Data by 2015', Harwell , UK (18th - 20th October).

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GEO 2012-2015 Work Plan
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The 2012-2015 Work Plan has been organized into three parts to match the key objectives outlined by the GEO-VII Plenary and to provide a clear overview of GEO activities.

•  Part 1 on “Infrastructure” features the physical cross-cutting components of an operational and sustainable GEOSS, including interoperable observing, modelling and dissemination systems.

•  Part 2 on “Institutions and Development” describes “GEO at work” and the community's efforts to ensure that GEOSS is sustainable, relevant and widely used; it focuses on reinforcing data sharing, resource mobilization, capacity development, user engagement and science and technology integration.

•  Part 3 on “Information for Societal Benefits” focuses on information, tools, and end-to-end systems that should be available through GEOSS to support decision-making across the nine Societal Benefit Areas.

GeoViQua collaborates in Institutions and development task and infrastructure task.

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Collaboration with Documentation and Data Quality GEOSS Subgroup
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The Documentation and Data Quality (DDQ) Subgroup of the Data Sharing Working Group (DSWG) promotes comprehensive documentation on data quality, including accuracy, stability, precision, spatial and temporal sampling characteristics, error characteristics, timeliness, completeness, reproducibility, calibration, accessibility, stability traceable to international standards, and reprocessing.

Objectives : The DDQ Subgroup works towards the establishment of universal principles for optimal data quality management and utilization, including: definition of concepts, tools and systems, and capacity building. The DDQ Subgroup is committed to expanding, maximizing and providing comprehensive documentation of data quality, including traceability, provenance, uncertainty, and fit for purpose to allow a broader use and understanding of Earth observations. The DDQ Subgroup will coordinate with GEO entities in related areas of data assurance and data quality such as GEO Infrastructure and Implementation Groups.

Activities/Deliverables : 1) Prepare a draft Principles and Management document on GEOSS guidelines for Documentation and Data Quality; 2) Prepare a draft Roadmap document on how the DDQ Subgroup will work with GEO and other initiatives, such as QA4EO through IN-02-C1 and GeoViQua, to realize documentation of data quality for GEOSS; 3) Identify processes, tools and standards that support and enable superior documentation for data quality.

Work Practices : The DDQ Subgroup will conduct its business through regular conference calls and web meetings/emails and will convene a face-to-face meeting as appropriate.

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1rt GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop
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GeoViQua participated in the 1st Joint Workshop of the EGIDA Stakeholder Network and Advisory Board Connecting GEOSS and its Stakeholders in Science and Technology held in Bonn, Germany, May 9-11, 2011. The workshop was open for all EGIDA project members, members of the EGIDA Advisory Board, members of the EGIDA Stakeholder network, the STC members, and, in general, stakeholders in S&T of GEOSS.

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2nd GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop
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The goal of the workshop was to bring together representatives of the stakeholder organization in international science and research, funding agencies providing resources for sustainability research, and intergovernmental agencies defining and maintaining frameworks relevant for global sustainability for a dialog on the support provided by GEOSS for sustainability research and monitoring can by better aligned to the needs of the stakeholders.

The output of the workshop included a goal document summarizing the research needs associated with the eight MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and grand challenges and detailing the strategy for a GEOSS that would ensure the availability of Earth observations required for addressing these research needs. A road map describes the steps necessary to ensure that the future development of GEOSS is aligned with the needs arising from the current MDGs and post-2015 goals, as well as the Grand Challenges and Belmont Challenges addressed by the Future Earth - research for global sustainability Initiative.

The workshop was jointly organized by the GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Network and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The workshop is sponsored by the EGIDA Project and co-sponsored by a number of stakeholder organizations and projects, including the Belmont Forum; DIVERSITAS; the European Science Foundation (ESF); the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP); EuroGeoSurveys; the Directorate Environment of the European Commission; the International Council of Science (ICSU); the IEEE International Committee on Earth Observations (IEEE/ICEO); the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP); the International Human Dimension Program on Global Environmental Change (IHDP); the International Social Science Council (ISSC); the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) represented through the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE); the Global Change System for Analysis, Research, and Training (START); the United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP); and the World Data System (WDS) of ICSU. Projects co-sponsoring the workshop are the projects GeoViQua, and GEOWOW, all funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The Communities of Practice (CoPs) of GEO are represented through the GEO Work Plan Task ID-04

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GEOSS European Projects Workshop (GEPW)
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“The GEO initiative was launched in 2005 with the objective of increasing the accessibility and availability of Earth Observation data through the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to be delivered by 2015. It includes 86 countries, the European Commission and 61 intergovernmental, international, and regional participating organisations “. (GEO 2012).

GeoViQua has been continuously collaborating with the GEO European Projects' Workshop since its beginning in 2011. During this time, GeoViQua has participated in the following Workshops:

•  GEPW-5 . The Fifth GEO European Projects Workshop took place in London on 8th and 9th February 2011. This workshop was built on the outcomes of the GEO Plenary and the GEO Ministerial meetings, which took place in Beijing in November 2010. The GEPW-5 was the latest in a series of workshops designed to foster European participation within GEO and increase Co-ordination between existing or future Earth Observation projects in Europe that contribute to the implementation of the GEOSS.

•  GEPW-6 . The principal theme of this workshop held in Rome (7-8 May 2012), was assessing Europe 's current and potential contribution to the 20012-2015 GEO Work Plan. It was also discussed the future of GEO beyond the current mandate, which runs until 6 2015. Rapporteurs noted the progress that has been made and the gaps that still exist. The meeting was organised around a series of keynote addresses covering a selection of the GEO Societal Benefit Areas. These were followed by a number of individual splinter sessions with presentations by representatives of GEO-related projects and organisations.

•  GEPW-7. GeoViQua has organized the GEPW- 7 held in Barcelona on 15-16 April 2013.

INSPIRE conference (23rd - 27th June 2013, Florence, Italy)
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GeoViQua participated in the INSPIRE Conference 2013 organizing a “Quality Information Workshop: from dataset quality to individual sample”.

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