GEO AQ Community of Practice: Role, Mission, Objectives

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An ad-hoc group of air quality researchers and practitioners who have worked to build GEOSS are interested in asking GEO for recognition as a GEO Community of Practice. At this time, we have a group of individuals in the United States, and a group in India.

A GEO Community of Practice should have truly international participation. We are calling for individuals and groups to federate with to form such an international collaborative. We will further discuss this and seek partners at the 18 November Air Quality and GEOSS meeting in Washington during the GEO-VI Plenary.

The role and focus of the CoP will be determined by its participants. This description is intended to describe the intended role of the group, but we stress that these ideas will evolve as participation grows.

Overarching Roles

Communication / potential coordination among relevant projects

A primary role of the GEO AQ CoP is to serve as a forum for communication and collaboration among the many air quality projects relevant to GEOSS. A number of these projects are described here. These include initiatives mentioned in the GEO Work Plan, and a larger set of projects relevant to Work Plan Tasks, but not referenced there.

Advising GEO and GEO committees

As described below, GEO looks to Communities of Practice to inform them on user needs from a community. An example of this is the activity currently underway to document user requirements for air quality from GEOSS.

Other GEO work and priorities need input and review from the AQ Community. These include:

  • The air quality Tasks in the GEO Work Plan. The CoP will review whether the Work Plan reflects the relevant activities underway, and particularly whether Tasks have participation from relevant activities.

Forum for developing standards and implementation guidelines

The CoP can serve as a forum to develop standards for metadata, interoperability, and implementation practices for exposing data and services to GEOSS.

Point of entry

The CoP will serve as a visible point-of-entry for members of the air quality community interested in finding ways to participate in GEOSS, and find out what GEOSS and can do for their work.

Background on GEO Communities of Practice

GEO View of Communities of Practice

Definition: A Community of Practice (CoP) is a user-led community of stakeholders, from providers to the final beneficiaries of Earth observation data and information, with a common interest in specific aspects of societal benefits to be realized by GEOSS implementation.

Objectives: Each CoP will have slightly different objectives, however common objectives will include:

  • Identify, gather, and seek agreement on their particular user community requirements;
    • GEO Task US0901a collects EO needs from users and makes explicit statement to "Wherever possible, the Advisory Groups involve members of the GEO Communities of Practice."
  • Provide a forum for cooperation of activities where GEOSS adds value to existing initiatives, to identify linkages and opportunities for collaborative strategic and technical projects and to coordinate the delivery of some GEOSS targets to enable the realization of societal benefits
  • Report on progress and provide updates to the User Interface Committee, GEO and other stakeholder communities as appropriate;
  • Advise the User Interface Committee, other CoPs and GEO on matters relating to their particular area of interest or societal benefit, and on cross-cutting issues of interest to the CoP.
  • Provide an informal point of contact for members or other jurisdictions on the specific benefit or interest area that affect more than one organization;

Participants: Each Community of Practice should include representatives from GEO Members, Participating Organizations and any other stakeholders that have similar interests, goals, and or objectives - working closely together to create a forum for efficient and effective intelligence and advice to be provided to GEO for the successful implementation of GEOSS. Both developing and developed countries will be represented.

More information on Communities of Practice


Logistics / Mechanics

The group will determine how often, and how, to meet. Proposals such as monthly or quarterly teleconferences will be discussed. Meeting in-person during appropriate international meetings may also be appropriate.

These meetings will serve as an opportunity to learn about the activities of colleagues and find opportunities to collaborate, and an opportunity to discuss work the group will tackle (as a group).

GEO AQ Community of Practice Evolution