Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade

Max Craglia*, Kees de Bie, Davina Jackson, Martino Pesaresi, Gábor Remetey-Fülöpp, Changlin Wang, Alessandro Annoni, Ling Bian, Fred Campbell, Manfred Ehlers, John van Genderen, Michael Goodchild, Huadong Guo, Anthony Lewis, Richard Simpson, Andrew Skidmore, Peter Woodgate

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This position paper is the outcome of a brainstorming workshop organised by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) in Beijing in March 2011. It argues that the vision of Digital Earth (DE) put forward by Vice-President Al Gore 13 years ago needs to be re-evaluated in the light of the many developments in the fields of information technology, data infrastructures and earth observation that have taken place since. The paper identifies the main policy, scientific and societal drivers for the development of DE and illustrates the multi-faceted nature of a new vision of DE grounding it with a few examples of potential applications. Because no single organisation can on its own develop all the aspects of DE, it is essential to develop a series of collaborations at the global level to turn the vision outlined in this paper into reality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-21
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Digital Earth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventWorking Group Meeting on Digital Earth Vision to 2020 - Beijing, China
Duration: 16 Mar 201118 Mar 2011


  • Digital Earth
  • spatial data infrastructures
  • earth observation
  • geobrowsers
  • voluntary geographic information


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