The organizer

The International Society for Digital Earth is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization, promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.”

About ISDE

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) was founded in Beijing in 2006. It aimed at harnessing the world’s data and information resources to describe and digitally represent our planet, and to monitor, measure and forecast natural and human activities on earth. Digital Earth is the name given to a concept by former US vice president Al Gore, describing a virtual representation of the Earth connected to the world’s digital knowledge. In his remarkable 1998 speech, Gore described a digital future where children – indeed all the world’s citizens – could interact with a computer-generated three-dimensional spinning virtual globe and access vast amounts of scientific and cultural information to help them understand the Earth and human activities.

The 2009 Beijing Declaration of Digital Earth stated “Digital Earth is an integral part of other advanced technologies including: earth observation, geoinformation systems, global positioning systems, communication networks, sensor webs, electromagnetic identifiers, virtual reality, grid computation, etc. It is seen as a global strategic contributor to scientific and technological developments, and will be a catalyst in finding solutions to international scientific and societal issues.”

Since 1999, 12 International Symposia and 9 summits on Digital Earth, organized by ISDE have been held in 14 countries around the world. ISDE also publishes the International Journal of Digital Earth and Big Earth Data journal, and Manual of Digital Earth. In addition, ISDE is a member of the Group on Earth Observations, International Science Council, and Geospatial Societies of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.

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