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					   The Electronic
   Geophysical Year



    The Electronic
    Geophysical Year




          eGY activities related to WGISS

          Bernd Ritschel, European eGY Committee
          rit@gfz-potsdam.de


                                                *Slides are provided by eGY member
CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
    The Electronic     eGY Kick off in Perugia
    Geophysical Year


• eGY officially began on 7 July 2007 at the IUGG
  General Assembly in Perugia
• Declaration for an Earth and Space Science
  Information Commons: http://egy.org/declaration.php
    – Article 1: Data access
          • Earth system data and information should be made
            available electronically with interoperable approaches …
    – Article 2: Data release
          • Owners, custodians, and creators of Earth system data
            should work together to share their digital information …
    – more Articles about: Data description, Data persistence,
      Data rescue, Common standards and cooperation,
      Capability building, Education and public outreach
 CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
    The Electronic
    Geophysical Year
                          VOiG Confernce 2007

• 1. Virtual Observatories in Geosciences (VOiG)
  conference, Denver, June, 2007, http://www.voig.net
• 70 participants in work-shop and the main conference
• results of the meeting will be made available in two
  forms:
    – peer-reviewed proceedings of about 10 submissions for
      special issue in new journal Earth Science Informatics
    – a full volume on Virtual Observatories in Geosciences to
      be published in AGU Geophysical Monograph series.
• based on the success, there is planned
  to hold another VOiG conference
  in Denver, September 2008 (P. Fox)
 CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
   The Electronic
   Geophysical Year
                         ESSI Division at EGU




                                         http://meetings.copernicus.org/egu2008/
CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
   The Electronic
   Geophysical Year
                      MMI Project endors eGY




                                                                  http://marinemetadata.org/
CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
    The Electronic
    Geophysical Year
                                           Events

• Nature Article: Geophysicists Combine Forces" Nature
  447, 1037 (28 June 2007)
• eGY National Committee for China Established, 25
  September 2007
• eGY Demonstration Projects at Fall AGU Meeting
  2007

• eGY Session Proposals Due Soon for 2008 AGU Joint
  Assembly, http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja08/.
• Earth & Space Science Informatics Summit,
  Rom, 13-14th March 2008

 CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services, WGISS-24, Oberpfaffenhofen, Oct. 15 - 19, 2007
                eGY and WDCs
Recent activities and pronouncements:
• The WDCs have resolved to ensure relevance to new
  ICSU programs including GEO/GEOSS, IPY and eGY
• WDC Panel has asked the eGY participants to help with
  certification of the WDCs. This certification is a result of
  ICSU’s desire to have the WDCs become more effective
  and relevant to ICSU programs.
• The eGY is preparing recommendations for ICSU for the
  improvement and evolution of the WDCs
• eGY has representatives on the ICSU Strategic
  Committee for Information and Data (SCID) which will
  make recommendations to ICSU on the future of the
  WDC system by October 2008.
International eGY Conference Held


Conference agenda
1. IGY: scientific results 50 years later
2. Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) and its
   prolongation
3. International Polar Year (IPY), International
   Geophysical Year
4. Contemporary problems of geoinformatics in
   the changing world
5. Natural calamities and risks in the modern
   world
6. Global changes and climate
7. Russian-French research on the Earth’s
   physics, geodynamics, volcanology and
   seismic danger estimate based on satellite
   and terrestrial technology


 • Declaration from the Conference to
   be issued soon
 • First meeting of the Ad-Hoc CODATA
   Working Group for the eGY
                                www.eSWua.ingv.it

The eSWua system supports the acquisition, elaboration, evaluation, sharing and
archiving of multi-instruments observations of the ionized atmosphere. A dynamic
web site has been recently opened for a real-time access to these data. eSWua is
a contribution to those international projects where the interoperability of the
system and effective data access are necessary requirements, such as Virtual
Observatories and ICESTAR.
GPS for weather and space weather forecast: Cross-link between
ICESTAR/IHY and POLENET
Contact: defranceschi@ingv.it; capra.alessandro@unimore.it

Polar-ionosphere imaging over Antarctica using GPS data is of great challenge due to poor
coverage of ground-based GPS receivers. However, as the POLENET network has been proposed,
the study of the ionosphere over the southern polar cap by radio tomography becomes promising.
The new imaging technique, MIDAS (Bath Un.-UK), assimilates different kind of data (ionosondes,
backscattering radars, GPS data and scintillation indices), and ingests also models to reconstruct
the spatial-temporal condition of the ionospheric plasma.




                                                             Ray paths between GPS
                                                             satellites and ground receivers
                                                             from current and planned
                                                             POLENET sites.
     Madrigal data in AstroGrid HelioScope


•   AstroGrid (www.astrogrid.org) is the UK VO project,
    part of IVOA (www.ivoa.net ).

•   HelioScope is a tool allowing retrieval of a variety of
    Solar System data for a specified time range

•   Based on a standard protocol for time-range queries:
    STAP
    http://wiki.astrogrid.org/bin/view/Astrogrid/SimpleTimeAccessProtocol

•   Data from the Madrigal database has been linked up
    with HelioScope via STAP.
Madrigal data in HelioScope:
                                    IPY Cluster Project #63
                               Heliosphere Impact on Geospace
                      Kick-off Workshop, Finnish Meteorological Institute
                              Helsinki, Finland, 5-9 February 2007
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                   IPY Data Management:
                How one can deploy a Virtual
                Observatory in Cyberspace?
                       Vladimir Papitashvili
        Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
                         University of Michigan
Dear Bernd,

An input from China to your presentation:

Chinese Geophysical Society has formed a group for Chinese
   participation in eGY, somehow like a national committee. Recently
   Prof. Chen Yong, vice president of CGS, gave a talk to the society at
   its 60th anniversary, introducing to eGY.

Chinese geophysicists link the activities of eGY and IGY+50 to
   education and publicity. Acordingly a series activities have been
   planned, trying to enhance the public understanding of geophysics.

Have fun,
Zhongliang Wu
Greetings from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

As a member of the eGY Africa Region group, I have recently
presented a keynote address here in Thailand on Remote
Sensing for Biogenic Disaster Management, in Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso at the GEOSS Workshop on Public Health
Applications of Space-Based Technology, at the UNIDO Center
of Excellence for Environmental Management in Owerri,
Nigeria, subsequent seminars in Lesotho and Swaziland and will
serve as keynote speaker at the GIS Day event at Indiana
University, Bloomington.

I look foward to serving eGY and its Africa group with
enthusiasm.

-Gilbert Rochon. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
 USA. Director, Purdue Terrestrial Observatory
Dear Bernd,

Some points you could make are

1. IUGG has proposed that a Union Commission be established to deal with some
   eGY-related issues and functions after December 2008.
2. CODATA has approved the formation of a Working Group "eGY Earth and
   Space Science Interoperability". Alexei Gvishiani is the chair.
3. Our collection of showcase demonstrations is growing and becoming
   increasingly effective for demonstrating modern capabilities for providing access
   to data and services. What can WGISS contribute?
4. e-Africa: we are proceeding with a plan to survey present cyber-infrastructures
   for science in Africa, with a view to applying pressure through the Inernational
   Scientific community for improvements. (The reason is that modern ICT systems
   provide marvellous opportunities for engagement by African scientists, but poor
   internet access poses a big limitation.)
5. Is WGISS interested in participating in the Earth & Space Science Informatics
   (Geoinformatics?) Summit we are organising in Rome 13-14th March 2008?
   (draft plan attached).

Have fun, Charlie

				
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