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May 2018

3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop

May 2, 2018 @ 08:00 - May 4, 2018 @ 17:00 UTC+2
Frascati, Frascati, Italy + Google Map

Join us from 2-4 May 2018 at the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy, as we bring together Earth observation data providers and users to share knowledge and best practices in the management and use of Earth observation data, while working together to enhance together the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

Why attend?

The 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop will feature 3 days of dynamic sessions, along with a 2 day hackathon, aimed at connecting data providers and users as part of the GEOSS Platform community.

In alignment with The Group on Earth Observations’ vision to realize a future where decisions and actions, for the benefit of humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observation information and services, this workshop will provide a space to share experiences and knowledge that can improve the ways in which data is managed, communicated, disseminated and used.

Focus areas include:

Connecting data providers with users, including:
Uncovering user content and data discovery, access and use needs;
Highlighting data user and application impact stories;
Optimizing data for decision and policy making;
Engaging with citizen observatories;
Presenting data potential; and
Entering in discussions.
Presenting user-centric GEOSS Platform enhancements;
Building strategies for strengthening user and provider outreach and expanding the user base.
Who should attend?

Data providers and users contributing to or benefiting from Earth observations are invited to attend the Workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with other providers and users, share their needs and services, and exchange ideas for collaboration.

DATA PROVIDERS

New and registered GEO Data Providers will have the opportunity to present their data via the GEOSS Platform, to hear from and connect with data users to better understand their needs, and will learn about the latest and upcoming developments in the GEOSS Platform, including statistics monitoring, yellow pages, registration process, views, metadata requirements, sorting, and status checker.

DATA USERS

Data users will learn about latest and upcoming upgrades and functionalities of the GEOSS Platform, and have the opportunity to communicate their use cases and needs to a wide range of data providers and the GEOSS Platform team.

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Artificial Intelligence for Earth

May 23, 2018 @ 18:00 - 19:00 +04

Dr Lucas Joopa of Microsoft Research

Time is too short, and resources too thin, to find solutions to our environmental sustainability challenges without the exponential power and assistance of AI. This webinar Microsoft’s new $50m 5 year AI for Earth program, dedicated to deploying Microsoft’s AI resources towards environmental challenges. I will describe the growing body of work in this program, and highlight specific projects, including the use of deep neural networks for creating high resolution land cover maps – a project in collaboration with the GIS company ESRI and the Chesapeake Conservancy, an environmental technology focused nonprofit in the United States.

SPEAKER
As Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Scientist, Dr Joopa oversees AI for Earth, a cross-company program dedicated to deploying Microsoft’s deep investments in AI research and technology in the four key areas of climate change, agriculture, water, and biodiversity conservation. As one of Microsoft’s 10 AI Thought Leaders, Lucas also serves as the company’s internal and external focal point on corporate matters pertaining to environmental science and the application of technology to solve sustainability challenges. Lucas serves in an advisory role as a director, advisor, or fellow through the committees and boards of numerous public, private, and non-profit organizations dedicated to science and technology. Joopa maintains an active scientific research career and has published over 100 articles in leading academic journals.

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September 2018

Symposium on Promotion and Protection of the Night Sky, Capraia Island, Italy

September 13, 2018 - September 14, 2018

SYMPOSIUM ON PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE NIGHT SKY
Artificial light at night, environmental impacts and sustainable tourism
Sep. 13-14, 2018, in Capraia Island, Italy

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Institute of Biometeorology of the National Research Council of Italy,
in collaboration with Attivarti.org and the Department of Biology of the
University of Pisa are pleased to invite you to the Symposium on Promotion
and Protection of the Night Sky that will be held, in Capraia Island,
Italy, Sep. 13-14, 2018.

The symposium is devoted to all aspects of artificial light at night
(ALAN), including environmental issues related to an excess in its use and
potential socio-economic benefits of dark skies for tourism in rural areas
and natural parks, with a special focus on marine and coastal areas.

In this respect, the Island of Capraia (http://www.isoladicapraia.it/) is
an ideal scenario to host such a symposium, due to its naturalistic and
touristic value within the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago and the
presence of a very good quality of night sky.

The aim of the symposium is to share and expand theoretical knowledge and
practical experiences within all fields of science and management related
to artificial light at night and will offer the opportunity for networking
and creating partnership for future collaboration. Furthermore, the period
of the symposium is favourable for conducting observations and
measurements.

The topics of the Symposium are:
- Design, monitoring, modelling and analysis of artificial light
- Environmental impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems
- Sustainable tourism and society

Targeted participants are:
- professionals, academics,
- policy makers in tourism and environment,
- park managers and astronomic observatories,
- NGOs, public or private organisations related to lighting technology and
design, astronomy, art, environmental education and tourism.

You are invited to submit an abstract (200-300 words) to contribute with
your expertise to the Symposium, following the attached template also
available on the website.

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: April 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2018
Deadline for early bird registration: June 10, 2018

For further information, visit the symposium's website:
http://capraianightsky2018.com.

Contact info and abstract submission: capraianightsky2018@ibimet.cnr.it

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October 2018

UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai, U.A.E.

October 22, 2018 @ 08:00 - October 24, 2018 @ 17:00 +04

The UN World Data Forum 2018 will be hosted by Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, of United Arab Emirates from 22 to 24 October 2018, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Forum will be a great opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to:

JOIN together in this unique event with governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities.
EXPLORE innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CONTRIBUTE to important discussions, data labs and interactive platforms aimed at improving the use of data for sustainable development.
LAUNCH new initiatives and solutions that will deliver better data for all.

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