We do hope you find this new quarterly newsletter of the ISDE a helpful and fast gateway to emerging information about the concept of digital earth, both through its links to information on conferences and news items and through the opinions expressed by contributors.
Rapid access to information is, of course, essential in such a quickly developing field. From just a few decades ago where the only real digital description we had of the earth was the imagery acquired by remote sensing platforms, we now stand at the threshold of a new era of enormous possibilities for describing and modelling the world around us, and its dynamics. Our data now comes from a huge variety of sources and sensors, while the Internet of Things promises to provide the a powerful data distribution and interpretation framework, capable of supporting detailed descriptions, simulations and predictions about our natural and built environments. We are also in an era of big earth data; this in itself will generate challenges for those seeking to maximise the knowledge that can be gleaned from the data recorded.
It is to act as a touchstone for new developments such as these that we have positioned our newsletter. We trust you find value in its role as a portal to those links and opinions that are important to your roles as digital earth professionals.
Prof. John Richards
President, International Society for Digital Earth
Australian National University