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GEOCAB Portal: A gateway for discovering and accessing capacity building resources in Earth Observation

Desconnets, Jean-Christophe
Mlisa, Andiswa
Noort, Mark
Searby, Nancy D.
Published in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 2017, vol. 54, p. 95-104
Abstract The discovery of and access to capacity building resources are often essential to conduct environmen- tal projects based on Earth Observation (EO) resources, whether they are Earth Observation products, methodological tools, techniques, organizations that impart training in these techniques or even projects that have shown practical achievements. Recognizing this opportunity and need, the European Commis- sion through two FP7 projects jointly with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) teamed up with the Committee on Earth observation Satellites (CEOS). The Global Earth Observation CApacity Building (GEOCAB) portal aims at compiling all current capacity building efforts on the use of EO data for societal benefits into an easily updateable and user-friendly portal. GEOCAB offers a faceted search to improve user discovery experience with a fully interactive world map with all inventoried projects and activi- ties. This paper focuses on the conceptual framework used to implement the underlying platform. An ISO19115 metadata model associated with a terminological repository are the core elements that provide a semantic search application and an interoperable discovery service. The organization and the contribu- tion of different user communities to ensure the management and the update of the content of GEOCAB are addressed.
Keywords Capacity buildingEarth observationsUser needsDiscovery serviceSemantic searchResource facility
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Research groups Envirospace Lab
Global Resource Information Database (GRID)
ISE Pôle Informatique environnementale
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DESCONNETS, Jean-Christophe et al. GEOCAB Portal: A gateway for discovering and accessing capacity building resources in Earth Observation. In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 2017, vol. 54, p. 95-104. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2016.09.010 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:87816

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