What is the Digital Earth Project?

Watch us explain our research agenda: Part 1 (6 mins) & Part 2 (8 mins)
Watch a summary of the useful Cynefin Framework (8 mins)

Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the Earth, encompassing all its systems and forms, both natural environment and human societies which is georeferenced and connected to the Earth’s knowledge archives. It will act as a multi-purpose platform for endless applications including the monitoring, measurement, and forecasting of natural and human phenomena on the planet as well as geographically linked research.

What is the short term goal for the establishment phase of Adapter?

At this stage of the adapter establishment phase, two Digital Earth Node hubs are being created on the Gold Coast and Nathan Campuses of Griffith University. Research and testing will then take place regarding the communication between the two hubs with the vision of constructing a series of these Digital Earth Node hubs around the world.

What can it contribute to the local and global community?

To address the current array of problems facing humanity, new models of governance and decision making are required. This is because the challenges being faced, including resource shortages, climate change and population growth, are interrelated on a global scale. However, the global dichotomy of local mitigations and adaptations are making attempts of significant, collaborative action, more difficult. Moving forward, we must transition from our current reductionist thinking towards multi-discipline and multi-national approaches to the Earth’s increasingly complex humanitarian challenges. Adapter is a solution which would bring the world closer, to act as one collective unit creating local and global scale change towards a better future.

What will a Digital Node be able to do?

Adapter’s work will involve spatially-informed communication, collaboration and visualisation. People will be able to generate, harvest, interpret and share data with each other as though they were physically side by side. As a reliable, real-time and immersive form of communication, people all over the world can focus on facing challenges as if they were physically in the same room. Being in the same room, it is endlessly more efficient compared to interacting through images on screens.

The Digital Earth Network would be mostly built upon software as opposed to hardware so it will be quick and easy to download the package and set up. Additionally, the lightweight program will mean anyone, with any financial budget or available resources, can choose their set up and log into an important meeting, even with just a tablet or iPad.

Who is driving this technology forward?

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) aims to benefit society by promoting the development and realisation of Digital Earth. An interdisciplinary team, with the goal to create a credible and positive future of collaborative and transparent action for the betterment of humanity and planet. The society explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.

What is the main objective of a Digital Node Network?

The objective of a Digital Node Network is the ability for people to live time see what is being communicated around the room somewhere else but also the ability for someone with light technology and a financially cheap budget in the middle of the Sahara desert or wherever, to be able to portal into a room like this and be connected through an immersive experience.

What are the driving principles?

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is providing the emergent context for collectively addressing spatial information, sustainable development and good governance through three guiding principles. These are: (1) open data, (2) real world context and (3) informed visualization for decision support. These three pivotal principles represent a framework to support the Digital Earth vision across local, regional, and international communities and organizations.