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Stage set for Geospatial World Forum 2013

Rotterdam, The Netherlands: The economic value of geospatial data does not lie in data itself, but in its use in downstream application areas, said Barbara Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) secretariat during her keynote address at Geospatial World Forum 2013’s pre-conference exchange forum, Monetising Geospatial Value and Practices for National Development Goals.

Giving a brief about the activities of GEO, she said that GEO’s vision is to realise a future wherein decision and action, for the benefit of humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained EO and information.

GEO is particularly paying attention to uncertainty over continuity of observations; large spatial and temporal gaps in specific data sets; eroding or little technical infrastructure in many parts of the world; lack of relevant processing systems to transform data into useful information; limited access to data and associated benefits in developing world; inadequate data integration and interoperability and inadequate user involvement.

Discussing how policy decisions affect the utility of geospatial data, Ryan said, at the peak of sales in 2001, 53 scenes of Landsat were sold per day. But as soon as a policy was announced to distribute data on the Web in 2008, there has been a shift in asking for single scene of one location to multi scenes, exceeding 9 million scenes of Landsat data till date and presently being sold in 186 countries.

She concluded saying that international collaboration is essential to leverage national investments and there is a need to have broad, open data policies for market growth. While much has been accomplished, there is more to be done with a broader partnership base.

Source: Our Correspondent