The report "Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade", initiated and organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), was recently released after nearly a year of development. The report will be published in the ISDE-hosted publication International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE), in the first issue of 2012.
Since the concept of "Digital Earth" was put forth in 1998, the development of Digital Earth has thrived with the help of active promotion by scientists from various countries, and particularly with the establishment of ISDE and a series of international conferences on Digital Earth. Executive Committee members of ISDE agreed that it was necessary to renew and elaborate on the original concept of Digital Earth combining the development trends in today's Digital Earth with the latest developments in the geospatial information industry.
On 16-18 March 2011, a seminar on the "Digital Earth Vision to 2020" was held in Beijing, hosted by ISDE and the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In the seminar, 15 experts from fields related to Digital Earth participated in the discussion. One of the seminar outputs was the official presentation of the "Digital Earth Vision to 2020" by the president of ISDE, Professor John Richard (Australian National University), at the Seventh International Symposium on Digital Earth in August 2011.
In consultation with IJDE’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, “Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade” will be provided as a free download for a month (from now until 31 January 2012) at www.tandfonline.com/r/DE2020.
Participants at the "Digital Earth Vision to 2020" meeting in Beijing
The President of ISDE delivers the "Digital Earth Vision to 2020" on behalf of ISDE at the 7th International Symposium on Digital Earth