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Many different global- and
regional-scale datasets on the environment and human development are
being developed and disseminated by a range of institutions around the
world. With the increasing use of more open, interactive mapping servers
and greater capabilities by users to access and utilize large global
datasets comes the potential for increased problems related to inconsistent
data integration and visualization, variable data quality and documentation,
uncoordinated proliferation of different versions of data sets, unnecessary
duplication of effort, excessively complex restrictions on data re-dissemination
and use, and incomplete or incorrect citation and attribution of data.
This workshop brought a core
set of institutions actively involved in global spatial data and information
development and dissemination together with representatives of key user
communities to address both short- and long-term needs for coordination
and collaboration. The overall purpose of the workshop was to coordinate
spatial data and information dissemination among key actors in the global
data community in order to better meet user needs at global as well
as regional and national levels.
The three-day workshop was
co-organized by the Center for International Earth Science Information
Network (CIESIN) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and
the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
CIESIN’s NASA-funded Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center
(SEDAC) served as the local host. The workshop was also co-sponsored
by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the
International Council for Science (ICSU).
The workshop addressed five
principal areas with regards to the production, dissemination, and use
of global data sets:
Stock taking of global data sets and identification of significant
gaps and overlaps in the following thematic areas: environment; food
and agriculture; population, poverty and health.
Standardization/harmonization of spatial data and information,
a. Standards and conventions for mapping and GIS (e.g., consistent
projections, scales, boundary files, etc.).
b. Additional information on data sets (beyond discovery metadata)
that would facilitate their appropriate use (e.g., data set guides).
Identification of user needs for online services, and for education
and capacity building in how to use those services.
Flexible user access through interoperability and open standards
of both catalog searching and Internet mapping.
Integration of biophysical and socioeconomic data, including substantive
and methodological issues.
Workshop presentations can
be downloaed from the table below.
Tuesday, 21 September
of User Needs
Welcome by Roberta
Balstad Miller, CIESIN
Setting the Stage: Principal
Goals and Objectives of the Workshop
Robert Chen (CIESIN):
Global Spatial Data and Information User
Workshop: Goals and Objectives
Jeffrey Tschirley (FAO):
The Spatial Information Advisory Group
Plenary Panel: Access
to Global Spatial Data and Information from the Users
During the last decade, technological advancements
in remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS),
and other geospatial data management tools in tandem
with development of the Internet have contributed to
the creation of many global and regional spatial databases,
online mapping services and geospatial data clearinghouses.
However, the dramatic expansion of this wealth of geographic
data and information has not necessarily been matched
by increases in the ability of users to take full advantage
of the available resources, or to make sense of similar
products. This plenary panel sets the stage for the
workshop by addressing user needs for data access and
Chair: Stanley Wood (IFPRI)
(Colorado State University)
Global Environmental Change Science
(Loma Linda University)
Who Needs Spatial Data Infrastructure
(Millennium Ecosystem Assessment)
Global Data Challenges from an MA Perspective
(Regional Peace Parks Foundation)
Peace Parks Foundation Requirements for
Spatial Data and Information Dissemination Initiatives
Short presentations on selected major data development
and dissemination initiatives for main topical areas.
Plenary Panel:Inventories of Global Spatial Data, Standardization,
Search, Portal Development
The presentation on the first day highlighted many
activities related to the development and dissemination
of global data sets. This plenary will discuss core data
sets for sustainable development research and operational
programs, efforts to develop standards, and the development
of portals and online mapping tools for data access.
Ebener (WHO) Panelists:
(Spatial Data Services & Mapping)
Core Global or Geo-Spatial Databases (CGDB)
Closing the Interoperability Gap
Geospatial Data Fusion: Integration Challenges
(Pacific Disaster Center)
The Asia Pacific Natural Hazards Information
Kees Klein Goldewijk (RIVM)
Global Spatial Data Sets and User Needs
Breakout Session 2. Groups based on topics identified
on day 1. Identification of challenges and opportunities. Recommendations
for short- and medium-term actions and initiatives, including
identification of possible sources of support, collaborative
Report out from Day 2 Breakout Sessions:
of specific action items and initiatives.
Plenary Panel:Data Documentation, Quality, Preservation,
and Intellectual Property Rights
Institutional efforts related to data development, management, and dissemination
need to be carried out in a coordinated way, or the potential
for poor interoperability between information systems,
incompatibilities between key datasets, confusing or even
conflicting data documentation, and complex constraints
on data re-dissemination and use is likely to increase.
This plenary will address these issues.
Chair: Robert Sandev (UN) Panelists:
(The Nature Conservancy)
The Conservation Commons
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility:
Data Documentation, Quality, Preservation and IPR
(National Research Council)
Creating a Global
Information Commons for Public GSDI: Legal and Economic
outcomes and the way forward. Open discussion.