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Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 - Convene, Converge, Collaborate

6-8 October 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


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The three finalist teams of the Citizen Science Challenge pose for a photo at the end of Wednesday’s proceedings.

Eye on Eye on Earth Summit 2015 On Wednesday morning, Eye on Earth 2015 delegates convened in a plenary on data revolution-data supply side with remarks from: Barbara Ryan, Director, GEO; Philemon Mjwara, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Mary Glackin, The Weather Company; Muki Haklay, University College London; Christopher Tucker, MapStory Foundation; and Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship. The winner of the blogging competition, Elizabeth Tyson, was also honored.

Fourteen sessions convened throughout the day, covering, in relation to data supply: the Global Network of Networks (GNON), small island developing States (SIDS), Arab civil society, sustainable development, urbanization, innovations, water security, oceans and blue carbon, costs of data generation and maintenance, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) monitoring, citizen science, refugees and vulnerable populations, enabling conditions, and global frameworks.

Side events during the day focused on, inter alia: the GNON concept; regional data in Europe, Africa, and the Americas; the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES); water in the Gulf States; and citizen scientists. A number of launch events happened, including for MyUnea.org and the MAWARED Data Community Portal.

In the evening, a plenary on reaching audiences through innovations in visualization featured presentations from: Janet Ranganathan, WRI; Craig Mills, Vizzuality; Angela Lungati, Ushahidi; and Trista Patterson, GRID Arendal. Jacqueline McGlade announced the winner of the Citizen Science Challenge, ‘Logging Roads!’. Barbara Ryan summarized day two and invited delegates to a networking reception.

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Plenary - Data Revolution - Data Supply Side

Elizabeth Tyson (center), winner of the blogging competition, accompanied by Ahmed Abdulmuttaleb Baharoon (left), Executive Director, AGEDI, and Barbara Ryan (right), Secretariat Director, GEO

Moderator Nima Abu Wardeh, Broadcast Journalist


Panelists during the presentation from Barbara Ryan (on screen), Secretariat Director, GEO (L-R) Philemon Mjwara, Director General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Mary Glackin, The Weather Company; Muki Haklay, University College London; Christopher Tucker, MapStory Foundation; and Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship


Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, GEO

Philemon Mjwara, Director General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa


Mary Glackin, The Weather Company

Muki Haklay, University College London


Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship

Christopher Tucker, MapStory Foundation


Participants watched a video during the presentation from Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship


Tracks

Panelists in the session on ‘It’s an Urban World!’ (L-R) Moderator Fernando Echavarria, US Department of State; Rosario Giusti de Pérez, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Venezuela; Kirstin Miller, Ecocity Builders; Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI; Michele Petochi, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne; Marsha Goldberg, Association of American Geographers; and Costis Toregas, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute


Panelists in the session on ‘Arab Civil Society – An Eye on Earth’ (L-R) Ayman Rabi, Executive Director, Palestinian
Hydrology Group; Yomn El Hamaky, Egyptian Sustainable Development Forum; Mufleh Abbadi, IUCN; Emad Adly,
Arab Network forEnvironment and Development; Fatma Zerouati, Environmental Journalist, Algeria;
and Salvatore Nigro, Education for Employment (EFE), Middle East and North Africa Region


Panelists in the session on ‘Mobilising Data to Support Decision Making for SIDS’ (L-R) Aboud Jumbe, ISLANDS Project;
Floyd Homer, Independent Consultant; Asha Singh, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States; Aditya
Agrawal
on behalf of GLISPA; and Corinne Martin, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)


Panelists in the session on ‘Connecting Networks to Support Environmental Sustainability: What Global Network of Networks Can Do for You!’ (L-R) Moderator Bruce McCormack, European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information; Rob Atkinson, Metalinkage; Steven Browdy, OMS Tech; Sabah Nait, Environment Agency Austria; David Stanners, European Environment Agency; Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas, Pan American Institute for Geography and History; and Gail Hodge, Information International Associates


Panelists in the session on ‘Data for Sustainable Development’ (L-R) Paul Van Gardingen, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme; Moderator Janet Ranganathan, WRI; Marc Levy, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN); Louis Liebenberg, CyberTracker Conservation; and Gary Lawrence, Former Vice President, AECOM Technology Corporation


Participants listening to panelists in the session on ‘Data for Sustainable Development’


Panelists in the session on ‘Data Integration for Effective Monitoring of the SDGs’
(L-R) Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, GEO; Moderator Marc Levy, CIESIN; Robbie Schingler, Planet Labs;
Chukwudozie Ezigbalike, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); and Frédéric Launay, EAD


Panelists in the session on ‘Understanding the Costs of Knowledge – Cost of Data Generation and Maintenance’ (L-R) Moderator Thomas Brooks, IUCN; Richard Jenkins, IUCN; Jon Paul Rodríguez, Species Survival Commission of IUCN (SSC-IUCN); Ian May, BirdLife International; Naomi Kingston, UNEP-WCMC; and Diego Juffe-Bignoli, UNEP-WCMC


Panelists in the session on ‘Oceans and Blue Carbon – The Role of Mapping and Joint Fact-Finding in Efficiently Creating Community’
(L-R) Moderator Carl Nettleton, OpenOceans Global; Jane Glaven, AGEDI; Christian Neumann, GRID-Arendal; Maria
Arreola
, Fondo Mexicano Para la Conservación de la Naturaleza; David Loubser, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional
Environment Programme (SPREP); and Karl Donert, European Association of Geographers


Participants in the track on ‘Oceans and Blue Carbon – The Role of Mapping and Joint Fact-Finding in Efficiently Creating Community’


Panelists in the session on ‘Decision Making in Water Security - Community Strategy for Success’
(L-R) Brenda Rashleigh, US Environmental Protection Agency; Viktor Lagutov, Central European University; Moderator
Mark Sorensen, GPC Group; Lorant Czaran, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA); Kirstin Miller,
Ecocity Builders; Philipp Saile, UNEP GEMS/Water Programme; and Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI


Panelists in the session on ‘Innovations in Data Supply: Big Data and How to Manage it’ (L-R) Ilya Zaslavsky, University of California, San Diego; Moderator Robert Chen, Columbia University; Stuart Minchin, Government of Australia; Mark Reichardt, Open Geospatial Consortium; Brian Sullivan, Google; and Stefano Nativi, National Research Council, Italy


Panelists in the session on ‘Global Frameworks (Sendai, SDGs, UNFCCC) – Opportunities for Eye on Earth?’
(L-R) Moderator Costis Toregas, The George Washington University; Keynote Speaker Julio SerjeSona Abu Zahra,
Department of Statistics, Jordan; Juraj Riecan, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia;
and Christopher Grajo, Strengthening Information Infrastructure for Emergency Management (SIIEM)


Keynote Speaker Julio Serge, UNISDR


Participants during the discussion of the track on ‘Global Frameworks (Sendai, SDGs, UNFCCC) – Opportunities for Eye on Earth?’


Panelists in the session on ‘Sustaining Communities in Upheaval – Data Needs to Support Refugees and Vulnerable Populations’ (L-R) Moderator Douglas Richardson, Association of American Geographers; Ziad Ayad, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); Ivan DeLoatch, US Federal Geographic Data Committee; Daranee Petsod, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees; Lorant Czaran, UNOOSA; and John Wertman, Association of American Geographers, Rapporteur


Panelists in the session on ‘Everyone is a Supplier: Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science and Indigenous Knowledge’
(L-R) Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP; Craig Hanson, WRI; Brian Sullivan, Google; Tuntiak Katan, Shuar People, Ecuador;
Nick Wright, Crowdicity; and Andrew Hill, CartoDB


Participants during the session on ‘Everyone is a Supplier: Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science and Indigenous Knowledge’


Panelists in the session on ‘Special Initiatives Contribution to Enabling Conditions’
(L-R) Fares Howari, Zayed University; Jordan Hastings, University of Southern California;
Moderator Lalanath de Silva, WRI; and Ana Barreira, Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA)


Plenary - Reaching Audiences Through Innovations in Visualization

Panelists during plenary (L-R) Moderator Craig Hanson, WRI; Janet Ranganathan, WRI;
Craig Mills, Vizzuality; Angela Lungati, Ushahidi; and Trista Patterson, GRID-Arendal


Janet Ranganathan, WRI

Craig Mills, Vizzuality


Angela Lungati, Ushahidi

Trista Patterson, GRID-Arendal, presented virtual reality mangrove tours, noting “we will not have endurance if we are not creative and fun in our approaches.“


Presentation of the Citizen Science Competition Winner and Finalists

Bjørn Hjelle, Biocaching

Emily Jacobi, Digital Democracy


Leo Bottrill, Moabi

Leo Bottrill, Moabi, winner of the Citizen Science Competition, together with Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP.


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