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GEOSS Data CORE and GEOSS Common Infrastructure: awareness, involvement, and challenges

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Presentation done at the 8th GEO European Projects Workshop (GEPW-8) in Athens, Greece, on 12 and 13 June 2014

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GEOSS Data CORE and GEOSS Common Infrastructure: awareness, involvement, and challenges

  1. 1. GEOSS Data CORE and GEOSS Common Infrastructure: awareness, involvement, and challenges Elena Roglia, Max Craglia, Alessandro Sorichetta http://www.geowow.eu/
  2. 2. GEOWOW’s challenge is to improve Earth Observation data discovery, accessibility and exploitability, and to evolve the Global Earth Observation System of Systems for the benefit of all Societal Benefit Areas with particular focus on Weather, Ocean Ecosystems and Water. GEOSS Interoperability for Weather Ocean and Water
  3. 3. JRC in GEOWOW • is in charge of quantifying and assessing the added value of the GEOSS evolutions proposed by GEOWOW. • to measure the added value of the GCI and the GEOSS Data CORE to the scientific community [TODAY’S PRESENTATION]
  4. 4. The GEOSS Data CORE • The GEOSS Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone (GEOSS Data CORE), is a distributed pool of documented datasets with full, open and unrestricted access at no more than the cost of reproduction and distribution. • The establishment of the GEOSS Data CORE was approved at the Beijing GEO Summit in 2010 and started in 2011. • Progress was slow in 2011-12 but gathered considerable pace in 2013. More than 1.2 million data resources currently available.
  5. 5. Surveys • awareness about the concept of GEOSS Data CORE • potential advantages and limitations of using the GEOSS Data CORE. • perceived value for contributing and potential reasons for not contributing • ways to improve the GEOSS Data CORE, both in terms of quality and quantity of its resources. • awareness about the concept of GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and GEOSS Data CORE • potential advantages and limitations of using the GEOSS Data CORE. • perceived value for contributing and potential reasons for not contributing • ways to improve the GCI and the GEOSS Data CORE
  6. 6. Statistics related to survey participants First survey: 70 respondents Second survey: 83 respondents More than 70% are from developed countries Most respondents work in governmental organizations (around 40%), academic organizations and scientific research organizations
  7. 7. GEOSS DATA CORE Awareness & Use • Only 66% of respondents to the survey carried out on May 2014 were aware of the concept (down from more than 76% in 2013). • Awareness seems to have declined! • Only 25% of respondents use the CORE and more than 60% do not contribute to it • This should be a matter of serious concern as the Data CORE is one of the most important flagships of GEOSS.
  8. 8. GEOSS DATA CORE BENEFITS 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 facilitates advancing disciplinary research promotes inter-disciplinary research allows verifying previous research results facilitates the creation of new products and services allows saving time to obtain data allows reducing costs to obtain data 4.76 4.76 4.76 9.52 4.76 9.52 23.81 19.05 9.52 14.29 47.62 33.33 38.10 38.10 52.38 23.81 47.62 57.14 33.33 42.86 23.81 57.14 Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
  9. 9. Limitations of GEOSS Data CORE Spatial scale/resolution Temporal extent/resolution
  10. 10. Barriers to the use of GEOSS Data Core • The responses are similar to 2013:  The existence and content of GEOSS Data CORE are not properly disseminated  Users do not know where to access GEOSS data CORE resources  The user interface is judged very difficult to be used. The GEOSS web portal has been significantly improved and re-launched in December 2013, including an option to flag GEOSS Data CORE searches, but has not yet influenced these opinions.
  11. 11. Advantages of contributing to the GEOSS Data Core Contributing improves the visibility of my organization Contributing increases the value of my organization’s data Contributing allows creating new business and service opportunity for my organization Contributing reduces data distribution costs for my organization Contributing enhances collaborations and community-building Contributing gives my organization more opportunities to receive funding 13.64 4.55 4.55 4.55 27.27 36.36 9.09 13.64 13.64 18.18 27.27 22.73 13.64 50.00 54.55 45.45 27.27 18.18 45.45 22.73 27.27 31.82 18.18 9.09 31.82 9.09 Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
  12. 12. Reason for not contributing to the GEOSS Data Core 1. There is no system to encourage and reward GEOSS Data CORE contributors (around 55% agree on that in both surveys) 2. I do not know how to make my data available as GEOSS Data CORE resources (more than 45% agree on that in both surveys
  13. 13. GEOSS Common Infrastructure • 81% of respondents are aware of the Geo Web Portal/GEOSS common Infrastructure • 51% of respondents use it through:  The Geo Web Portal (65%)  The Web Portal of the own scientific community (17%)  Other (18%) : GEOWOW, Discovery and Access Broker, links through GEONETCast, data providers
  14. 14. Benefits of using the GCI • GCI enables me to discover data that I need from my discipline (60% agree or strongly agree) • GCI enables me to discover data that I need from other disciplines (52% agree of strongly agree) • GCI enables me to access data that I need from my discipline (52% agree of strongly agree) • GCI makes my data widely discoverable and accessible(52% agree of strongly agree)
  15. 15. Barriers preventing to use of the GCI “it's very hard to find what you need” • I know where to look for GEOSS Common Infrastructure resources but most of them are difficult to be discovered (around 60% of participants agree or strongly agree on that)
  16. 16. CONCLUSIONS (1) • GEOSS very successful in building System of Systems and infrastructure providing potential access to million of resources • The survey shows that in users are aware and use the GCI but still find difficulty in finding what they are looking for. • Potential users are still insufficiently aware of the GEOSS Data CORE
  17. 17. CONCLUSION (2) • There is still a wide gap in GEOSS between infrastructure and data providers, and the scientific community of users. • Priorities must now shift towards narrowing this gap working more closely with the user community and providing practical demonstrations of what is already available in the GCI and Data CORE. • Recent initiatives like Appathon and AIP-7 move in this direction but much more still needs to be done to exploit GEOSS to the full
  18. 18. elena.roglia@jrc.ec.europa.eu, massimo.craglia@jrc.ec.europa.eu For more information about GEOWOW please visit: http://www.geowow.eu/ Thank You. EC Grant Agreement no. 282915

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