Role of Government satellite data in advancing global development - Geospatial World
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"“. . .to capture the greatest usefulness from EO, our community is continually challenged to make this information much more accessible and ready for analysis, enabling data-driven development.”
Understanding our world and the interconnectedness of the natural and built environment is a great challenge to global development professionals as well as scientists and technologists. The role that Earth observation (EO) plays in this understanding is difficult to put in terms of economic value. However, to capture the greatest use from EO, our community is continually challenged to make this information much more accessible and ready for analysis, enabling data-driven development. In March 2018, the Committee on Earth Observations Satellites and the European Space Agency (ESA) published “SATELLITE EARTH OBSERVATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.” ...
Open Data: A Key EO Trend
As discussed in a previous article, some EO satellites are fully supported by national governments, some are the result of joint industry-government funding, while venture capital backs others. In this article — which is part of an on-going series on the value of EO data — we focus on government satellites and open data. While there is a long list of governments that operate satellites, only a few make their data open, that is, that the “data can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone.” That said, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which is devoted to advocating governments to make their data free and open, has 100 national members and offers more than 400 million EO resources...."