[SDI-AsiaPacific] Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade
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Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012
This position paper is the outcome of a brainstorming workshop organised by the
International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) in Beijing in March 2011. It argues
that the vision of Digital Earth (DE) put forward by Vice-President Al Gore 13
years ago needs to be re-evaluated in the light of the many developments in the
fields of information technology, data infrastructures and earth observation that
have taken place since. The paper identifies the main policy, scientific and societal
drivers for the development of DE and illustrates the multi-faceted nature of a
new vision of DE grounding it with a few examples of potential applications.
Because no single organisation can on its own develop all the aspects of DE, it is
essential to develop a series of collaborations at the global level to turn the vision
outlined in this paper into reality.
Keywords: Digital Earth; spatial data infrastructures; earth observation; GEOSS;
geobrowsers; voluntary geographic information
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