Digitizing the Ocean Floor

Researchers at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences have created the world’s first digital map of seafloor geology, which provides data on 40 years of changes to the composition of the ocean floor. The map, constructed using data from over 15,000 seafloor samples, will help scientists understand the impact of environmental changes on the world’s oceans. The digital data and interactive map are freely available as open access resources.

The map has been published in the Summer 2015 edition of Geology; it will assist scientists in understanding more about how oceans are affected, and will be affected to environmental change. It has been also found that the deep ocean basins will be more complex than what was thought earlier.

Improved availability of census data: a first look at the Gridded Population of the World, version 4

Erin Doxsey-Whitfielda, Kytt MacManusa, Susana B. Adamoa, Linda Pistolesia, John Squiresa, Olena Borkovskaa & Sandra R. Baptistaa
Applied Geography, published online 24 July 2015 [not an open access journal]

Abstract: Global gridded population data are increasingly being applied to a broad range of fields. This article presents improvements made in the fourth version of the Gridded Population of the World (GPWv4) data set. GPWv4 is a minimally modeled data set that uses uniform distribution to disaggregate census data from their native input units into a thirty arc-second global grid. Due to an increase in freely accessible census data from the 2010 round of censuses, eighty-seven countries are gridded at a higher admini-strative level than in the previous version, with a more than fivefold increase in the total number of census units outside of the United States.

The resultant decrease in unit size has greatly improved the data set accuracy. Additionally, version 4 has expanded to include grids of age, sex, and urban–rural status. Obtaining high-resolution census data and matching census geography remains a priority for improving global gridded population data sets.

Global Open Data Index now open for submissions

After months of work and great feedback from all of you, the Global Open Data Index is now open for submissions.

Each year, governments make more data available in an open format. The Global Open Data Index tracks whether this data is actually released in a way that is accessible to
citizens, media and civil society and is unique in crowdsourcing its survey of open data releases around the world. Each year the open data community and the Open Know-
ledge Network produces an annual ranking of countries, peer reviewed by local open data experts.

Crowd-sourcing this data provides a tool for communities around the world to learn more about the open data available locally and by country, and ensures that the results reflect the experience of civil society in finding open information, rather than government claims of openness. It also ensures that those who actually collect the information that builds the Index are the very people who use the data and are in a strong position to advocate for more and higher quality open data.

The Global Open Data Index measures and benchmarks the openness of data around the world, and then presents this information in a way that is easy to understand and use. This increases its usefulness as an advocacy tool and broadens its impact. In 2015, the hope is to include 100+ countries (up from 90 in 2014 and 70 in 2103) with an emphasis on countries of the Global South.

UN SDGs 2030 Resolution and Agenda published

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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UN-GGIM: Europe proposes basis for global fundamental data themes

UN Member States will work together to agree a set of global fundamental geospatial data themes following a proposal by UN-GGIM: Europe.

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URISA Board Election Results Announced

URISA is pleased to announce the results of its 2015 URISA Board of Directors’ election.

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GSDI interventions at August UN-GGIM Meeting in New York

The Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held from 3-7 August 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and attended by representatives of the GSDI Association.

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