Develop a tool that allows the poorest of the world to access EO data to improve their livelihood. It must be practical, cheap, with a tangible value to the user.
Under "Development" one of the Millennium Development Goals is "In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies — especially information and communications technologies." By providing a tool for even the world's poorest, remotest communities to access EO data we can strengthen their voice in decisions about their livelhoods through improving access to information about the environment around them. One of the best ways to empower people to become active participants in the decisions affecting their lives is to provide them with easy access to this information, removing the power differential between those with access to information and those that do not. Google Earth has opened the flood gates of EO data for public consumption, but it is heavy on the bandwidth and is a platform for solutions, not a solution in itself.
There are at least three components to a “solution”. 1. Collating of relevant, integrated information (extracted from remotely senses data and other relevant data such as land registries, political boundaries, etc) 2. Enhanced access to this information for ordinary people, including links to new platforms including smart phones (perhaps with the option to send data back). 3. Providing virtual space for social interaction about the key topics (social media etc).
People around the world would benefit from a solution, but those in developing countries have potentially the most to gain, as at present, they suffer most through power differentials in access to information.
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