Establish a comprehensive overview of user needs and observational requirements and carry out gap analyses to identify gaps in observations and derived products meeting these requirements and needs. The Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) will provide the framework to perform this task by engaging a wide range of stakeholders from end-users to data providers in different domains, different regions, and different roles. The task has two key objectives:
The proposed approach builds on the lessons learned from past experiences having comparable, global objectives (such as IGOS-P, the former GEO Tasks US-06-1a and US-09-01, the development of the GEOSS User Requirements Registry, and WMO’s development of OSCAR database) and has provisions to coordinate with, and incorporate results from, similar processes that are on-going at global and regional levels. A substantial contribution will also come from the GEO Initiatives and Flagships.
The process would also leverage the existing Communities of Practices and be constructed in such a way to facilitate the consolidation of new ones.
It is proposed to implement a phased approach, first demonstrating suitability and feasibility of the SBA-by-SBA process and then progressively moving to a more articulated process addressing the full scope of the GEO Strategic Plan provisions.
Once in place and running the process is also expected to provide other key outputs such as constituting the “reference platform” for SBAs communities to work and to engage users.
The knowledge base tool will document the relations between the user needs and the data and processes (models, workflows, algorithms) needed to develop the information meeting these user needs.
In coordination with the existing and developing functionality of the GCI, the functionality of the knowledge base will support the GEOSS infrastructure in facilitating availability and accessibility of the observations to user communities. The knowledge base will include the rules for deriving the observational needs from user information needs, addressing a wide range of environmental and socio-economic information needs. Of particular interest are those information needs that are linked to indicators supporting the advocacy and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rules will be included to define the observation needs for these indicators.
The GEO Knowledge Base will be developed as a community-based open source tool and will leverage as far as possible existing repositories and databases and documenting what is being developed in association with GEO activities. It will include user feedback with respect to the identified user needs, the gap analysis results, and the fitness for purpose of both data and processes.
The task will be coordinated by the GEO Secretariat.
The Secretariat will activate the SBA-related processes, building on the activities of the communities that are already active within each SBA and progressively covering the totality of the SBAs.
A dedicated Team will develop the tool to document and make accessible the results of this process (the knowledge base).
Activities for the period
Continue the SBA process and operationalize the knowledge base. Interact with the GEO initiatives and activities that support the Agenda 2030 to ensure the best possible service for these groups. Convene additional GSTS Workshop as needed.
GEO Trust Fund (Secretariat Staff)
In kind resources (leads and contributors)
Overall coordination and the SBA users process
Knowledge Base tool development
Hans Peter Plag, IEEE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stefano Nativi, CNR Italy - email@example.com
GEO SBA Initiatives and Activities
GEO Communities of Practice
The GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Network
Foster the participation of key stakeholders to the agreed activities, foster their engagement and the exchange among them and create the relevant linkages to GEO activities (Community, Initiatives and Flagships).
Ensure dialogue between the community developing the knowledge base and the GCI Team with the goal of developing solutions to make knowledge available through the Portal.
Giovanni Rum, (GEO Secretariat) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)
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