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Date Contacts Type Meeting description Venue, Co-locations, other information GEO/GEOSS Activities
4-6 January 2012 Web Page CO Title: 2012 Winter ESIP Federation Meeting.
Duration: Three days.
Objectives: The 2012 Winter ESIP Federation Meeting will focus on the theme: Connections Through Collaboration: Engaging Community Throughout the Data Life Cycle. See Agenda for more details.
Organizer: ESIP.
Participants: interested scientists and researchers preferrably involved in ESIP activities.
Washington, DC, USA, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel There was a demonstration of the GEOSS User Requirement Registry (URR) during the poster session on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, and a Workshop related to the URR was organized on Thursday, Janury 5, 2012. See the Workshop Description...

Linking Earth Sciences and GEOSS: The role of the GEOSS User Requirement Registry (URR)

Conveners: Hans-Peter Plag, Gary Foley

Time: January 5, 2012, 16:00-17:30

The User Requirement Registry (URR) of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) is being developed as a versatile tool for the publishing of information on User Types, Applications, Observational and Information Requirements, Research Needs, Infrastructure Needs, Technology Needs, and Capacity Building Needs. Links can be described between any of the entries in these tables, in order to capture the inter-dependencies along the value chains from observations through value-adding applications down to the end users. A prototype of the URR was implemented in 2010 and further improved in 2011. In 2012, the finalization of the URR and the integration in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) is planned.

The workshop will introduce the current URR and discuss the role of Earth scientists in the population of the URR with science and research related information. The plan for the final URR will be presented and a discussion will provide ample opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the URR plans. In particular, the URR should provide a communication tool for a dialog between ESIP and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) concerning Earth science's observational needs and contributions to Earth observations.

The workshop "Building a User-Driven GEOSS: Methods to Capture, Analyze, and Prioritize User Needs," held on April 10, 2010 in Sydney, Australia, developed a number of recommendations (see, and those recommendations relevant for ESIP will be discussed. We will present three examples in more details. The case of air quality monitoring and predicting will be used to illustrate the complexity of user types, applications, and requirements associated with this interdisciplinary field. The cases of disaster risk reduction highlights the relevance of research and infrastructure needs necessary to enable applications in this area. Integrated coastal zone management will be used to demonstrate a top-down analysis of the various needs in a field.

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