Data sharing among nations rebooted another decade

January 17, 2014

Diplomats and officials from 90 nations have agreed to share thousands of observations from satellites, airplanes and ground sensing equipment about our planet for a second decade.

An intergovernmental organization known as Group on Earth Observations, or GEO, which was established in February 2005, says it won unanimous approval Friday to share open data from space, airborne and for another 10 years.

The European environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik, said the data will help inform decision-making about agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water and weather.

China's science and technology vice minister, Cao Jianlin, says his country is partnering with 46 others in GEO to measure natural and human effects on the , the first such coordinated effort at the global level.

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not rated yet Jan 18, 2014
These are the guys that know JUST what area 51 looks like. Don't go to Nevada, go to some small African capital and look up the shared data that is likely not secret at all. The rest of the world laughs at we foolish Americans that put up with so much organized lying and cover up concerning the ordinary......That we are not alone on even our own planet, and our government knows it. They even provide bases for them.

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