Malaysia: The 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth held recently in Sarawak, Malaysia saw participation from the members of International Society of Digital Earth and various institutions of higher learning in Asia. John Richards, President of International Society of Digital Earth, appealed for interaction between crowdsourcing and digital data for knowledge development. Since social media and the Internet provide immediate access of data and information, he stressed that the involvement of masses in the Digital Earth movement is very significant. Renowned speakers like Alessandro Annoni from Joint Research Centre, Italy; Barbara Ryan of Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland; Guo Huadong from Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; and many others were also present at four-day conference cum exhibition. The conference was held for the first time in South East Asia and was opened by Chairman of Padawan Municipal Council, Sarawak, Cr. Lo Khere Chaing.
Source: Our Correspondent