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Epidemiology and Big Data
Interesting article published by the Economist
October 25th – 31st 2014

In one issue of ‘The Economist’ an interesting article about a topic relevant to the activities of our International Society for Digital Earth is published. The article describes how the data captured from cellular phones can provide information about people’s mobility patterns and as a consequence can then be used to monitor population movements and associated relations to propagate a disease.  At the end of the article some suggestions for decision makers are described.

In full respect of the copyright regulations we simple indicate in this short news the main items described in the article, readers interested in reading it are invited to visit the website.

Dr. Mario Hernandez
ISDE Council Member
ISDE News                                                                                                                 All news
5th Digital Earth Summit
The International Society for Digital Earth will be hosting the 5th Digital Earth Summit, under the theme “Digital Earth for ESD”, from 9 - 11 November 2014 in Nagoya, Japan. 
IJDE Impact Factor Breaks 2.0
According to the latest annual Journal Citation Report by Thomson Reuters on 30 July, the new Impact Factor of the International Journal of Digital Earth for 2013 had broken 2.0, climbing to 2.212 (2-year IF). 
Digital Earth attracts Chinese RS experts
Over 700 experts and students of remote sensing visit the 19th Conference on Remote Sensing of China in Xi`an, where the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) hold an exhibition booth for introducing Digital Earth and the society, during 21 to 23, September.
Understanding Silk Road by Space Technology
Jointly organized by the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the ISDE, the 2nd International Symposium on Earth Observation for Arid and Semi-arid Environments was held at Issyk-kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan from September 10 - 12, 2014. 
Big Data Climate Challenge
The winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge have been announced as part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York.
ISDE9 Themes&Topics
The ISDE9 conference topics include DE concepts, technologies, systems, educations and Blue Planet Multi-disciplinary methods. The website is now open. The ISDE9, themed “Towards a One-World Vision for the Blue Planet”, will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in October of 2015.
A Spatial Edge Master Class: Pivotal 2015
Pivotal 2015, a Spatial Edge Master Class “Resilient and Rapid Response”, aims at learning how best to address national grand challenges, is to be held in Brisbane Australia on 29 June-10 July, 2015.
National Map positions Australia on Digital Earth
National Map, a Digital Earth inspired open source/ open data collaboration initiative being formally launched today in Australia, that may induce a profound and positive impact on spatial industry innovation, and open-data sharing by Government. The concept is closely aligned to the Digital Earth vision for an open and innovative spatial commons.
SIBA spatial technology in global industry
Spatial technology is taking Queensland back in time and forging Brisbane as a world-leading digital city. Referenced in this story are SIBA's project MIMOSA and appointment of Professor Tim Foresman as the inaugural Chair of Spatial Information at QUT. Dr Foresman, Nat Harrold Director of SIBA member AI3D, and Richard Simpson CEO of SIBA QLD are interviewed.
DE Transitions
DE Transitions  ( Jul-Oct, 2014 )
The article in the DE transitions depicts current and new emerging examples of Digital Earth technology, research and strategic policy. Selected online resources are being summarized from one perspective of Digital Earth. This quarterly article hopes to bring a greater understanding of Digital Earth progress and trends.

Government policies regarding Earth observation and big data have triggered developments in some pivotal areas of interest to Digital Earth. Earth observation datasets are growing larger than they ever have before, while agencies and companies are competing to launch higher resolution satellites and plan improved satellite constellations. At the same time, historical data are accumulating and still have value for data mining. Facilitated with finer Earth observation data and advanced data processing technology, researchers have developed many scientific applications for atmospheric, geological and ecological studies. Demonstrated approaches for distributing research outputs, such as online mapping and web services, could be one of the possibilities for shaping the features of a next-generation Digital Earth.
International Journal of Digital Earth
The International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE), a peer-review SCI-E journal, is the official academic publication of the International Society for Digital Earth, sponsored by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital  Earth, CAS, and jointly published by Taylor & Francis Group.

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