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The air quality field has been a leader in the effort to create GEOSS, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. [[GEOSS Relevant AQ Projects|A large, diverse group of projects]] are underway which strive to support air quality management decision with observations from ambient monitors and satellites and model resultsThe air quality community has also been quite active in building and implementing the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and making the GCI useful for practitioners.   
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On 18 November 2009, during the [http://www.earthobservations.org/meetings/geo6.html GEO-VI Plenary in Washington DC], USEPA and partners will convene a meeting on Air Quality and GEOSSYou are invited to join usDuring the meeting we will discuss:
  
GEO has recognized and publicized some of this work in [[GEOSS Relevant AQ Projects#Tasks Relevant to Air Quality in the GEO Work Plan|several GEO Work Plan Tasks]].  GEO, USEPA, and the ESIP Federation are also seeking to activate a [[GEO AQ Community of Practice: Role, Mission, Objectives|GEO Air Quality Community of Practice]].  During the GEO-VI Plenary in Washington, DC, 17 – 18 November 2009, USEPA and partners will convene a meeting to discuss this work, improve communication between projects, and discuss how these projects can contribute to GEOSS.   
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* '''Air Quality Projects that contribute to GEOSS'''.  [[GEOSS Relevant AQ Projects|A large, diverse group of projects]] are underway which strive to use earth observations to provide decision support for air quality managementMany of these projects are related to [[GEOSS Relevant AQ Projects#Tasks_Relevant_to_Air_Quality_in_the_GEO_Work_Plan|Tasks in the GEO Work Plan]].  In some cases similar and/or complementary projects are underway in different locations.   
  
We'll also work on clearly conveying to data providers how they can make GEOSS work well with their AQ data.
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* The emerging '''GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI)''' and the '''Air Quality Community Infrastructure,''' which is designed to interface with the GCI, so that AQ data products registered with GEOSS are more findable and usable for the AQ community.
  
'''Please feel free to comment on the goals and agenda, or make suggestions directly by editing these pages.''' Comments can be directed to David McCabe at EPA.
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* The role and priorities of a '''[[GEO_AQ_Community_of_Practice:_Role%2C_Mission%2C_Objectives|GEO Air Quality Community of Practice]]'''.  GEO looks to Communities of Practice to identify / prioritize needed observations and for general feedback from the wider community.  An AQ CoP could also help develop and fill gaps in the GEO Work Plan, particularly for tasks that build upon the GCI and the AQ Community InfrastructureFinally, an AQ CoP would provide a clear point-of-entry for  air quality practitioners into GEO and GEOSS.
  
==Preliminary Agenda==
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==Agenda and Format==
[[Media:AQ_Meeting_during_GEO_VI_Prelim_Agenda.pdf|Draft Agenda]]
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A '''preliminary''' version of the agenda is [[Media:AQ_Meeting_during_GEO_VI_Prelim_Agenda.pdf|here]]
  
==Goals for presentations==
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'''Please feel free to comment on the goals and agenda, or make suggestions directly by editing these pages.'''  Comments can be directed to [[User:Davidmccabe|David McCabe at EPA]].
  
1. Bring together representatives of a number of the air quality projects underway which are contributing to GEOSS, enabling communication between projectsInform the broader community of AQ practitioners interested in GEOSS about these projects. 
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===Presentations===
* What information do they deliver?   
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Presentations will be quite short – most speakers will be limited to '''10 minutes''' with a few minutes left over for questions for each speakerPresentations should focus on these questions:
* How can they be more useful for decision support if GEOSS is successfully implemented?  
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* What data or service does the Project produce?
* Respond to outline of GEOSS (previewed on-line) (?)
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* Who are the Project's intended target audience / users?
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* How does the Project deliver data / services'''''How can GEOSS help with that delivery?''''' 
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To save time, please do not devote time to the societal rationales (i.e., protecting human heath) that motivates our work to understand and improve air quality.  The audience for this meeting will be quite familiar with these.
  
2.  Present aspects of the emerging GEOSSWe’ll briefly present an overarching vision of how an interoperable, service-oriented approach to finding, manipulating, visualizing, and disseminating data will serve AQ management.   
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===Discussion===
 
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We will devote a substantial amount of time to discussionGoals for this discussion include:
Then present the work developed to design and implement the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and the Air Quality Community Infrastructure, developed by members of the community during the GEO Architecture Implementation PilotThese presentations, together with the discussion in the afternoon, should clearly define how providers can most effectively contribute to GEOSS (best practices, etc.)
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* Identify opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and further discussion between similar Projects occurring in different locations or organizations.   
 
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** Identify how these projects are contributing to GEOSS, and opportunities for GEOSS to benefit more from these projects
It will be a challenge to do all of this in a short time, but squeezing both of these topics into a morning reflects the tension we face between working on near-term deliverable applications to provide decision support and long-term infrastructure development.
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*** Registering data services in the GCI
 
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*** Describing work underway in the GEO Work Plan
==Goals for discussion==
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** Identify gapsWhat work is underway that needs to be connected to GEOSS?  What gaps are not being addressed at all?
 
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* Discuss the infrastructure described (goals, approach, implementation).  Is it what is needed?
* Discuss whether the infrastructure described (goals, approach, implementation) is what we think is needed
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** Define, or identify how to find, best practices for contributing data to GEOSS.  Many datasets (including AQ data) are currently registered in ways that do not allow the infrastructure to use that data in a full way.   
* Define best practices for contributions to GEOSS.  Many datasets (including AQ data) are currently registered in ways that do not allow the infrastructure to use that data in a full way.   
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* Discuss next steps for forming an AQ Community of Practice.  US EPA, GEO, and others believe that it would be very useful for the informal, ad-hoc group represented at this meeting to formalize a GEO CoP, reaching out to other colleagues to participate.  What this means is flexible and open, but potential steps should include:
* Activate / Formalize the Air Quality Community of Practice.  What this means is up to us, but some important factors:
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** identifying points-of-contact
** Visibility: web page, links from GEO
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** establishing a simple website with links from/to GEO
** Clear mission, goals, near term plans
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** discussion of initial steps, e.g. review of the GEO Work Plan, review of user needs for AQ observations...
** Does the CoP want to say anything about the GEO Work Plan?
 
  
 
==Logistics==
 
==Logistics==
  
The meeting will be held in the [http://www.itcdc.com/index.php Ronald Reagan Building] in downtown Washington DC.  You will need your passport, a (US) State-issued drivers license, or a US Government ID to enter the building (and you will have to go through metal detectors if you do not have a US government ID).  The meeting will be open to the public, but please contact David McCabe (McCabe dot David at epa dot gov) if you are planning to attend.  See the GEO Plenary page for information about lodging, etc.   
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The meeting will be held in the [http://www.itcdc.com/index.php Ronald Reagan Building] in downtown Washington DC.  You will need your passport, a (US) State-issued drivers license, or a US Government ID to enter the building (and you will have to go through metal detectors if you do not have a US government ID).  The meeting will be open to the public, but please contact [[User:Davidmccabe|David McCabe]] if you are planning to attend.  See the [http://www.earthobservations.org/meetings/geo6.html GEO Plenary GEO Plenary page] for information about lodging, etc.   
  
The GEO Plenary exhibits will also be open to the public, in the Reagan Building.  USGEO / Agencies (NOAA, EPA, NASA...) will exhibit there, as will agencies from overseas, ESIP, and other international organizations.   
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The GEO Plenary exhibits will also be open to the public, in the Reagan Building, on November 17 - 18.  USGEO / Agencies (NOAA, EPA, NASA...) will exhibit there, as will agencies from overseas, ESIP, and other international organizations.   
  
 
The GEO Plenary itself, which is on November 17 - 18, is only open to official delegates from member nations, recognized or observer international organizations, etc.   
 
The GEO Plenary itself, which is on November 17 - 18, is only open to official delegates from member nations, recognized or observer international organizations, etc.   

Revision as of 22:04, October 1, 2009

On 18 November 2009, during the GEO-VI Plenary in Washington DC, USEPA and partners will convene a meeting on Air Quality and GEOSS. You are invited to join us. During the meeting we will discuss:

  • Air Quality Projects that contribute to GEOSS. A large, diverse group of projects are underway which strive to use earth observations to provide decision support for air quality management. Many of these projects are related to Tasks in the GEO Work Plan. In some cases similar and/or complementary projects are underway in different locations.
  • The emerging GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and the Air Quality Community Infrastructure, which is designed to interface with the GCI, so that AQ data products registered with GEOSS are more findable and usable for the AQ community.
  • The role and priorities of a GEO Air Quality Community of Practice. GEO looks to Communities of Practice to identify / prioritize needed observations and for general feedback from the wider community. An AQ CoP could also help develop and fill gaps in the GEO Work Plan, particularly for tasks that build upon the GCI and the AQ Community Infrastructure. Finally, an AQ CoP would provide a clear point-of-entry for air quality practitioners into GEO and GEOSS.

Agenda and Format

A preliminary version of the agenda is here.

Please feel free to comment on the goals and agenda, or make suggestions directly by editing these pages. Comments can be directed to David McCabe at EPA.

Presentations

Presentations will be quite short – most speakers will be limited to 10 minutes with a few minutes left over for questions for each speaker. Presentations should focus on these questions:

  • What data or service does the Project produce?
  • Who are the Project's intended target audience / users?
  • How does the Project deliver data / services? How can GEOSS help with that delivery?

To save time, please do not devote time to the societal rationales (i.e., protecting human heath) that motivates our work to understand and improve air quality. The audience for this meeting will be quite familiar with these.

Discussion

We will devote a substantial amount of time to discussion. Goals for this discussion include:

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and further discussion between similar Projects occurring in different locations or organizations.
    • Identify how these projects are contributing to GEOSS, and opportunities for GEOSS to benefit more from these projects
      • Registering data services in the GCI
      • Describing work underway in the GEO Work Plan
    • Identify gaps. What work is underway that needs to be connected to GEOSS? What gaps are not being addressed at all?
  • Discuss the infrastructure described (goals, approach, implementation). Is it what is needed?
    • Define, or identify how to find, best practices for contributing data to GEOSS. Many datasets (including AQ data) are currently registered in ways that do not allow the infrastructure to use that data in a full way.
  • Discuss next steps for forming an AQ Community of Practice. US EPA, GEO, and others believe that it would be very useful for the informal, ad-hoc group represented at this meeting to formalize a GEO CoP, reaching out to other colleagues to participate. What this means is flexible and open, but potential steps should include:
    • identifying points-of-contact
    • establishing a simple website with links from/to GEO
    • discussion of initial steps, e.g. review of the GEO Work Plan, review of user needs for AQ observations...

Logistics

The meeting will be held in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington DC. You will need your passport, a (US) State-issued drivers license, or a US Government ID to enter the building (and you will have to go through metal detectors if you do not have a US government ID). The meeting will be open to the public, but please contact David McCabe if you are planning to attend. See the GEO Plenary GEO Plenary page for information about lodging, etc.

The GEO Plenary exhibits will also be open to the public, in the Reagan Building, on November 17 - 18. USGEO / Agencies (NOAA, EPA, NASA...) will exhibit there, as will agencies from overseas, ESIP, and other international organizations.

The GEO Plenary itself, which is on November 17 - 18, is only open to official delegates from member nations, recognized or observer international organizations, etc.

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