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Benefits of Data Sharing (with Reception)
Tuesday 10 November 2015
SRE: Room Jose Morelos Seccion D

The draft 2015 Ministerial Declaration in relation to the Group on Earth Observations emphasizes the benefits of data sharing. It acknowledges the important role played by the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and endorses the strengthening of these principles in line with growing international commitment to open data and as a means to achieving and propagating more widely the benefits of data sharing.

In this context, the purpose of this short workshop is to articulate as forcefully as possible the benefits of data sharing, from a variety of perspectives and then to discuss strategies that may best promote data sharing internationally, with particularly reference to GEO and to Earth Observation Data.

The proposed format is a half day workshop, comprising 2 hours of presentations, a 30 minute break and then a one hour structured discussion.

The presentations will explore various dimensions of the benefits of data sharing.

Preliminary list of Presenters include:

  1. Paul Uhlir, Economic Benefits of Data Sharing (with particular reference to EO data).
  2. Alex de Sherbenin, Data Sharing and SDGs (TBC)
  3. GODAN / ODI, Open Data benefits for agriculture and nutrition?
  4. TBC, Developing Country perspective

After the coffee break a panel comprising 4-5 representatives of international agencies, national governments and GEO DSWG will discuss challenges and strategies to increase data sharing. They will do this with reference to the new GEO Strategy and the work programme of the GEO DSWG. The aim will be to make concrete recommendations to improve data sharing within and outwith GEOSS.

Documents & Links:
Simon Hodson  (