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Symposium on the Science and Development Benefits of Data Sharing in GEOSS
 
Organized by 
The U.S. National Committee for CODATA
Board on Research Data and Information 
 
The U.S. National Committee on DIVERSITAS
The U.S. National Committee on Geodesy and Geophysics (USNC/GG)
 
and 
 
The U.S. National Committee on Space Research (USNC/COSPAR) 
National Academy of Sciences
 
in collaboration with 
The Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)
 
Auditorium
National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC
16 November 2009, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
 
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 10-Year Implementation Plan explicitly acknowledges the importance of data sharing in achieving the GEOSS vision and anticipated societal benefits. The Plan, endorsed by nearly 60 governments and the European Commission at the Third Earth Observation Summit in Brussels in 2004, highlights the following GEOSS Data Sharing Principles:
  1. There will be full and open exchange of data, metadata, and products shared within GEOSS, recognizing relevant international instruments and national policies and legislation.
  2. All shared data, metadata, and products will be made available with minimum time delay and at minimum cost.
  3. All shared data, metadata, and products being free of charge or no more than cost of reproduction will be encouraged for research and education.
 
The Group on Earth Observations, which is the umbrella oversight organization for GEOSS, is currently developing Implementation Guidelines for the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and a related Action Plan. The draft Implementation Guidelines and Action Plan will be reviewed at the GEO Plenary meeting in Washington, DC on November 17-18, 2009.
 
The Symposium on the Scientific and Development Benefits of Data Sharing in GEOSS will highlight some of the positive outcomes from the sharing of environmental data for the progress of scientific research and socioeconomic development, focusing on several of GEOSS societal benefit areas.