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ESSI2.3 | Data Spaces: A trusted space to guide environmental decisions and scientific research with data
Data Spaces: A trusted space to guide environmental decisions and scientific research with data
Convener: Paolo Mazzetti | Co-conveners: Joan Masó, Weronika Borejko
In the ever-evolving landscape of geosciences, data is at the heart of innovation and decision-making. The "European strategy for data," unveiled by the European Commission, introduces an exciting vision of data spaces. While a Data space is defined by industry as a way to share data between organizations in a trusted environment that foster a data economy, an extension of the concept is promoted by the European Commission. In this extended definition, data spaces are about fostering data-driven creativity and open data, all while adhering to the principles of personal data protection, consumer safeguards, and FAIR principles. As geoscience community, it is time to explore how data spaces can revolutionize our work and how we can affect their development.
Several projects and initiatives are building thematic or geographical data spaces, allowing researchers, industries, and governments to access high-quality, interoperable data to generate actionable knowledge and enable a more effective decision-making process. The benefits of data spaces are evident, yet there is an increasing need for a deeper understanding of their design, establishment, integration, and evolution in the field of environmental and Earth sciences.
This session invites contributions from any group, project, or initiative that has established or is in the process of establishing data spaces within the geosciences or to any actor that is already involved in using them. We seek talks that offer a broad overview of the processes for designing, building, operating, using, and governing data spaces, along with sharing best practices. We encourage the submission of use cases that showcase the value of data spaces on various scales, ranging from regional to global levels. These presentations should highlight how data spaces enable sharing with, integration of, and flexible processing of environmental and Earth system data from diverse sources, ultimately facilitating more effective scientific research and decision-making processes. We welcome contributions from initiatives that bridge into data spaces, such as INSPIRE, Destination Earth and GEO/EuroGEO, demonstrating the pivotal role of data spaces in advancing geoscientific research and applications. Moreover, we invite presentations from projects and initiatives committed to consolidating and reducing fragmentation in the intricate landscape of data infrastructures and ecosystems, both within and beyond the environmental and Earth sciences.