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GEO UPDATE

Evaluation Team addresses architecture and data management

Following the completion of the Mid-Term Evaluation of GEOSS last year, the new Evaluation Team approved by the GEO-VII Plenary has now started its work. The Team will assess the progress of GEOSS implementation in the area of Architecture and Data Management.

The evaluation will consider multiple lines of evidence consisting of, amongst other elements, an analysis of GEO documentation and scientific literature, interviews with selected experts, surveys conducted among the broader audience of stakeholders, and a review of literature and relevant documentation.

The team will also execute test case scenarios against the current implementation of GEOSS. The findings will be reviewed by the GEO Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, followed by the GEO Executive Committee.

The study will conclude in May 2011. The Evaluation Team members represent Australia, Brazil , Canada, Germany,  Italy, Japan, Norway, Pakistan , South Africa,  and the United States.

The primary audience for the evaluation report is the GEO Plenary and the ministers of GEO member countries. The final report of this second evaluation will be made available to this audience through the normal distribution channels for Plenary and Summit documents.