Kickoff Workshop – GEOSHARE
Geospatial, Open-Source Hosting of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Data (GEOSHARE) is a spatial database development initiative led by researchers at Purdue University, McGill, CIAT, IFPRI, IRRI, University of Bonn, Stanford, Duke, Ohio State and others. The aim of the initiative is to compile global land-use statistics and other data at subnational levels into a globally consistent data set on agriculture resources and environment. The initiative will employ spatial disaggregation and statistical methods to transform remote sensing and GIS data into a geographically consistent gridded data sets at the global scale. The effort will include the development of the data portal, including tools for providing data in a variety of formats for the global research and policymaking community. CIAT DAPA researchers will develop the Latin American node of the initiative. The proof of concept phase of the project is expected to begin in September of this year and last until September 2013. Project partners kicked off the initiatives in a planning meeting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on May 23rd and 24th.