Why MYGEOSSThe implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of System (GEOSS) by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has triggered a considerable shift regarding the access to Earth observation data (EO) in promoting full and open access to both remote sensing and in-situ observation data all around the world. This trend represents a huge opportunity for business development in the context of a growing digital economy.
The exploitation of the data freely available through GEOSS will take place in a global competitive economy. However, today, the European Earth observation market is rather limited in size and conventional in terms of applications (e.g. mapping, surveillance, scientific applications). With few exceptions, it mainly concerns a limited number of institutional users (civil protection, climatic issues and weather forecast, etc.). Moreover, two surveys carried out by the JRC in the framework of the FP7 GEOWOW project (www.geowow.eu) indicate that the awareness of European geo-SMEs about GEOSS in general, and the GEOSS Data-CORE in particular is extremely limited partly because GEOSS has so far mainly addressed government organisations, and only recently (GEO Plenary 2014) there has been a clear indication of the need to reach out also to the private sector.
With this in mind, the European Commission has launched MYGEOSS to involve European SMEs more in GEOSS and harness the opportunities of using full and open access data contained in the GEOSS Data-CORE. Moreover, there are opportunities to stimulate demand by involving citizen science projects, citizen observatories, and the public at large via mobile applications based on EO products and services.
About GEOSSThe Global Earth Observation System of Systems or GEOSS is an international voluntary effort coordinated by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) comprising 97 governments and 87 participating organisations.
The GEO Vision is to realize a future wherein decisions and actions, for the benefit of humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information. For more information see http://earthobservations.org
About the GOESS Data Sharing PrinciplesAll governments and organisations that have joint GEO have committed to promoting the implementation of the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles:
- There will be full and open exchange of data, metadata and products shared within GEOSS, recognizing relevant international instruments and national policies and legislation;
- All shared data, metadata and products will be made available with minimum time delay and at minimum cost;
- All shared data, metadata and products being free of charge or no more than cost of reproduction will be encouraged for research and education.
About the GEOSS Data CORE“The GEOSS Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone (GEOSS Data-CORE) is a distributed pool of documented datasets with full and open unrestricted access at no more than the cost of reproduction and distribution” where:
- “full access” means that all the data in the GEOSS Data-CORE can be accessed, used and redistributed;
- “open access”means that data providers may charge at most the cost of reproduction and distribution of the data, although it is expected that in most cases the data in the GEOSS Data-CORE will be made available at no cost;
- “unrestricted access” means that no restrictions are placed on the access to, or use and redistribution of the data in the GEOSS Data-CORE. It should be noted that the following two conditions may be placed on data registered in the GEOSS Data-CORE by data providers (i) attribution and (ii) user registration. These are not considered to represent restrictions on the access to, or use and redistribution of the data.
There are more than 5 million data resources in the GEOSS Data-CORE. They are accessible from the GeoWebPortal: http://www.geoportal.org
(From the Home page, expand the Data Access Conditions and choose Data CORE).