A better world through knowledge and information

The Eye on Earth Alliance has launched its Data Innovation Showcase competition for bloggers, citizen scientists and designers. Participants stand to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and present their work at the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit, running 6-8 October. 

Eye on Earth (EoE) is a global movement striving to revolutionise the way we collate, share and access environmental, social and economic data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. Born out of Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, EoE’s vision is achieved through the work of eight pioneering programmes of activity known as the Special Initiatives; the EoE Summit and the overarching governing EoE Alliance framework, comprised of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, the Group on Earth Observations, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Resources Institute. Convening for the second time from 6 – 8 October 2015 in Abu Dhabi, EoE Summit 2015 will be the world’s foremost event dedicated to identifying solutions for improving the provision and use of data for sustainable development.

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View of the Orange River. Photo: Ruark du Toit.

The Blogging Competition challenges writers to create a 750-1000-word inspirational piece on the theme ‘A better world through knowledge and information’, looking at how data and information can make a difference to ordinary people’s lives. The winner of the competition will become the “Official Eye on Earth Summit 2015 Blogger” and report live from the Summit for a global audience.

The Citizen Science Challenge invites citizen scientists to submit projects in three categories, focusing on the use of open data in the fight against food waste, management of forest ecosystems and boosting biodiversity in cities. The scope of the projects depends on the ingenuity of their authors and can include anything from a food donation platform matching excess with need, to a crowdsourced map of a local forest for tree inventory.

Three finalists – one for each category – will get to present their ideas to big data and sustainable development experts at the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit, where the final winner will be selected.

The Data Visualization Challenge invites artists and designers to use open data for creating visualizations that interpret the data on social and economic effects of poor air quality, oceanic warming and natural disasters. Participants are invited to build images, videos, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams and other types of visualizations. One winner will be selected for a chance to present the visualization at the Summit.

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