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GEO-XIII Plenary Side Event: Towards open Earth observation data policies


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The event is designed to map Earth observation data policies across the globe, to overview open data efforts made so far, to showcase successful stories about transition from restricted data policies to open policies, to identify current and emerging challenges and to propose concrete joint actions by GEO, WMO and other interested parties at international, regional and national level.

Particular attention will be paid to:

  • Earth observation data policies in African, Asian and South American region
  • Data policies for the private sector as a public service provider/contractor of Earth observations
  • Harmonized development of data infrastructure and sharing mechanisms, with due attention to ‘soft infrastructure and capacity building’.

Targeted participants are: Policy maker, data producers and managers of Earth observation agencies; users of Earth observations and derived applications: international conventions such as SDGs, UNFCCC and Sendai Framework; national agencies using Earth observation data; private sectors and data scientists

Documents & Links


1. Convene and Converge

2. Value of Data Sharing

3. Challenges in Implementing Data Sharing Principles

4. Available Resources to Support Implementation of Data Sharing

5. Meeting Summary: Implementing Data Sharing

  • Meeting Summary


Wenbo Chu, Andiswa Mlisa, Osamu Ochiai, Lars Peter Riishojgaard (,,,