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User Engagement: Strategic Target

Before 2015, GEO aims to:

Ensure critical user information needs for decision making are recognized and met through Earth observations.

This will be achieved through:

  • developing a framework to identify and implement linkages across Societal Benefit Areas, thereby providing wider opportunities for synergistic collaboration;
  • active partnerships among and within Societal Benefit Areas, promoting synergy among GEO projects and activities through the concept of user communities of practice;
  • increased development of data and information, with special emphasis on socio-economic applications and the development of methods, for models and tools required to make best use of these data in science and technology development and decision-making;
  • use, enhanced by a user-oriented GEOSS Common Infrastructure, of Earth observation products and services across all Societal Benefit Areas of GEOSS, especially in and for developing countries.

This will be demonstrated by:

  • Establishment of an agreed core set of essential environmental, geophysical, geological, and socio-economic variables needed to provide data, metadata and products in support of all GEOSS Societal Benefit Areas.
  • Involvement of users in: reviewing and assessing requirements for Earth observation data, products and services; creating appropriate mechanisms for coordinating user requirements; utilizing data/information delivery systems; and capturing user feedback on an ongoing basis across Societal Benefit Areas.
  • Increased use of geo-spatial data in all Societal Benefit Areas and in particular in developing countries.

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