Time is running out to register for the 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop, or to get involved as a sponsor. Much more than a workshop, this is an important and highly valuable international Earth observations (EO) community event. As one of the most inclusive and independent venues for the EO international community to get together, this event is a fabulous opportunity to share important progress in EO, whether in the public, private or third sector.
The 1st GEO Data Providers Workshop took place during the 2016 GEO Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia, when a number of EO practitioners and experts got together to discuss the infrastructure that supports the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
In 2017, nearly 100 Earth observations data providers came together in Florence, Italy, for the 2nd GEO Data Providers Workshop. The event report sums up the event, which addressed issues related to community, technology, data and policy.
From 2-4 May 2018, we look forward to welcoming the GEO community to the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy for the 3rd Data Providers Workshop. This year’s event will differ from past years in that it will also include data users and discussions on their requirements. Another notable change is the increased involvement from the private sector, as well as a number of end users attending for the first time.
Participants are invited to share knowledge and good practice on the management and use of EO data, while working together to enhance the GEOSS Platform. This workshop will also include a hackathon, GEOSS/HACK2018, also aimed at connecting data providers and users.
With 150 participants already registered we are nearing full capacity. The high level of interest in this event is a sign that the community wants and needs such a forum for discussing Earth observations.
Sponsorship opportunities remain available to support numerous aspects of the event, particularly the prizes for the two-day Hackathon. We’d like to thank our current sponsors Development Seed and TeamDev, and invite others to join them in support of this important event. A special thanks to the European Space Agency for hosting the meeting and making it possible in the first place.
I look forward to seeing many of you there. Please contact me if you are interested in supporting the international EO community through sponsorship of the 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop.
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