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October 2017

GEO-XIV Plenary

October 25, 2017 @ 08:00 - October 26, 2017 @ 17:00 +04
Washington DC, Washington DC, United States + Google Map
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December 2017

UN Environment Science Policy Business Forum

December 2, 2017 @ 08:00 - 17:00 +04
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UN Environment Assembly 3

December 4, 2017 @ 08:00 - December 6, 2017 @ 17:00 +04
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April 2018

Open Data in a Closing World – Introducing Resource Watch, Washington D.C., USA

April 11, 2018 @ 08:00 - 12:30 UTC-4

About the Event
The event features keynote speeches by Dr. Mae Jemison (Former Astronaut) and Gina McCarthy (former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and speakers representing government, technology, science and media. Full agenda below.

We are living in an unprecedented moment where views are increasingly polarized, false information is spread at alarming speeds, and facts are being undermined. Trust in our institutions is eroding, and the decision-makers charged with ensuring our well-being often cannot access the data they need. Policymakers, business leaders and analysts need high-quality, trusted and easily accessible data to make informed decisions about the environment and human development.

That's why we are launching Resource Watch, a new dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. Resource Watch, developed by World Resources Institute and over 30 partners, harnesses the data revolution to create unprecedented transparency on the pulse of the planet.

Join us to learn more about this new platform and other efforts, including by National Geographic Labs, that support science and exploration with breakthrough data and technology.

The event will be livestreamed here.

8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM
Joint Welcome
National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute

Keynote: Open Data in a Closing World
Gina McCarthy; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Introducing Resource Watch: Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse
Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science & Research, World Resources Institute

Lightning Talk: The Power of Data
Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, Google

Armchair Discussion: Tech for a Sustainable Future
Christa Hasenkopf, CEO and Co-Founder, OpenAQ

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Saleem Van Groenou, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach, Google

Steven Brumby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor, Descartes Labs

Viviana Zalles, PhD Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences

Moderator: Andy Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Science and Environmental Journalism, National Geographic Society

Coffee Break
11:00 AM
Introduction to second session
Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Keynote: Radical Leaps
Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut; Engineer; Physician; Lead 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Founder The Earth We Share; Member National Academy of Medicine, National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame.

Lightning Talk: The Water-Security Nexus
Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States

Armchair Discussion: Narratives in the Numbers
Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, Five-Thirty-Eight

Emily Holden, Climate Change and Energy Reporter, Politico

Leslie Shapiro, Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post

Kennedy Elliott, Graphics Editor, National Geographic

Moderator: Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President of Communications, World Resources Institute

Closing: The Future of Radical Transparency
Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests, and Water, World Resources Institute

12:30 PM
Light Lunch and Resource Watch Interactive Demonstrations

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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.


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 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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