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Dear all
As one of the co-chairs of the Earth, Space and Environmental sciences IG (ESES-IG) I would like to point out that the “space” in our title, refers to “Outer Space”, that is planetary, atmospheric, climate etc sciences. It is a term that is commonly accepted in the Solid Earth Science and Geophysics Community.
It is somewhat a legacy title because both the American Geophysical Union and the European Geosciences Union (i.e., AGU and EGU) both have science divisions called “Earth and Space Science Informatics”.
In the initial set up meetings of the ESES-IG this difference was made quite clear to then members of the Geospatial IG and to the TAB.
I really do not believe there is any real overlap between the two groups, other than nearly all Solid Earth, planetary and atmospheric data does have a ‘geospatial component’ to it!
Being more precise about how that ‘geospatial component’ is determined and expressed to me is the role of the Geospatial IG. And that ‘geospatial component’ is relevant to so many other IGs and WGs!
Take care
From: on behalf of JoshLieberman via Geospatial IG
Reply to: “***@***.***
Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021 at 4:02 am
To: “***@***.***” , Geospatial IG
Cc: “***@***.***” , Peter Baumann
, “***@***.***” , “***@***.***” , “***@***.***” , MIngfang Wu
Subject: Re: [rda-geospatial-ig] RDA Geospatial IG – Update
With respect, a spatial / geospatial component cuts across the vast majority of scientific / research data, a bit like having an “Integer IG”. The group would need to have a more unique mission in order for it to be worth time from other geospatially oriented groups.
There are both geospatial interoperability issues with much of the research (meta)data out there, and issues of effective research collaboration for geospatial data scientists. An IG charter that called out these issues, identified important relationships with other groups (such as the OGC University DWG or OGC-W3C SDW Interest Group to pick random examples), and specific goals such as advancement of O&M / SOSA / SSN / GeoSPARQL in research data might go someways towards activating the rather extensive membership list with which the Geospatial IG is blessed.
Best Regards,
Josh Lieberman, Ph.D.
Director Innovation Programs | Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Office: +1-617-431-6431 | @geospatialogist
***@***.*** | | @opengeospatial
On Jul 21, 2021, at 12:53 PM, GeoEducator via Geospatial IG wrote:
We will look at ways to reinvigorate…
What is needed to keep us going?
Dr. Branch
On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 11:25 AM Secretariat via Geospatial IG wrote:
Dear Co-chairs
We are contacting you with regard to your RDA Geospatial IG, more specifically to seek clarification on the Group’s level of activity. We note that the Group has not had a working session at an RDA Plenary since Plenary 11 and we have not seen any activity on the group page for some time.
The RDA wants groups to be active during their lifespan. At this point, your group looks like it is inactive and may need to be retired. However, we would be happy to support you in re-invigorating the group if you think this makes sense.
Please respond to this email by 12th August 2021 and let us know your preference. Of course, if you have any questions, we would be happy to answer them.
Thank you very much!
Best wishes
RDA Secretariat

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