A consortium of national organizations led by the Italian National Research Council has received a grant from the European Commission. The major goal of the grant (named EGIDA (an Italian acronym)) is to support broader implementation and effectiveness of the GEOSS Science and Technology Roadmap and the mission of GEOSS through coherent and interoperable networking of national and international initiatives and European projects. IEEE as a member of the consortium has been assigned to lead the Dissemination and Outreach Task.
EGIDA will prepare a sustainable process promoting coordination of activities carried out by: the GEO Science & Technology (S&T) Committee; S&T national and European initiatives; and other S&T Communities. EGIDA will deliver evaluation processes, tests and assessment indexes, expertise databases, a “GEO Label” concept, surveys, and other instruments that will link relevant European S&T communities to GEOSS and ensure it is built using state-of-the-art science and technology. Through co-ordination with the GEOSS S&T Committee (five co-chairs are involved in EGIDA), these deliverables will contribute strongly to the GEO S&T Roadmap implementation.