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  Information - ESSI3 eGY-Europe

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The electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) (2007-2008) is an initiative of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and it is led by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA). Conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958), eGY was formally opened in July 2007 during the XXIV IUGG General Assembly (Perugia, IT).

The role of eGY is aimed at facilitating, encouraging and promoting: - Modern data access and services (e-Science for Geoscience); - Responsible data stewardship; - Cooperation among bodies/initiatives to reduce duplication and proliferation of standards and share expertise; - Establishment of Virtual Observatories throughout the geosciences; - Establishment of criteria to determine optimal and minimum funding for data activities supporting research. eGY also serves to provide a link between programs with related data and information requirements - IPY, IHY, Planet Earth, and initiatives such as GEOSS.

The eGY activities are managed by a Secretariat, an International Committee promotes and liaises with worldwide interested organizations and individuals and five thematic Working Groups on, respectively, Virtual Observatories, Data Integration & Knowledge Discovery, Best Practice (joint with CODATA, Committe on Data for Science and Technology), Data Rescue and Preservation, Education and Public Outreach. To promote and to synergyze eGY activities in Europe, an European eGY Committee was appointed as well as national eGY Committees.

Aims of this session is to provide an overview of the eGY activities carried out in Europe to date, so that oral and poster contributions are expected relevant to National eGY Committees' reports and to any developments carried out in the topics covered by the eGY Working Groups.

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