2nd Vespucci Specialist Meeting
A small group of senior specialists from all areas of geosciences and technology gathered on June 15-16, to debate the need for a confluence of effort from all related fields of interest, in the creation and exploitation of Virtual Globes as a means to facilitate global science and problem-solving. Google Earth, Microsoft’s Virtual Earth and other geobrowsers have revolutionised the way in which ordinary people (and scientists) view their world, and attach their volunteered data to it. But is that all? Has the Digital Earth vision proposed by Al Gore a decade ago been implemented? Game over? What, if any, are the new challenges ahead for the GI Science field? How do GEOSS, INSPIRE, GMES, Digital Earth, and the myriad commercial applications fit into the puzzle?