[CODATA-international] New Zealand Government thanks IRDR and CODATA Groups and China GEOSS for their help following 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake

Simon CODATA simon at codata.org
Thu Feb 23 12:43:15 EST 2017

We are often asked for concrete examples of the benefits of data sharing.  Here is a good example of rapid data sharing, accompanied by technical expertise from members of the CODATA Task Group on LOD for Global Disaster Risk Research.

New Zealand was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura in November 2016, and the government has expressed thanks to IRDR <http://www.irdrinternational.org/>, CODATA <http://www.codata.org/> and China GEOSS for their timely and free provision of satellite data that helped with damage and loss estimation following the disaster.
Damage and loss estimation is often difficult in the hours and days after a natural disaster as data and information are not available.  During the Kaikoura earthquake, IRDR's Disaster Loss DATA project <http://www.irdrinternational.org/projects/data/> and the CODATA <http://www.codata.org/task-groups/linked-open-data-for-global-disaster-risk-research> Task Group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) <http://www.codata.org/task-groups/linked-open-data-for-global-disaster-risk-research> worked together with environmental and engineering consulancy Tonkin +Taylor in New Zealand to provide TripleSat satellite images of the affected Hurunui District.
The New Zealand Minister of Civil Defence, Gerry Brownlee, wrote in February to Professor Li Guoqing of the CODATA Task Group, saying: “In the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, accurate information on the nature and extent of damage is critically important for the efficient use of scarce resources. The New Zealand Government is very appreciative of the assistance that you and your organization provided in our time of need.”

Read more: http://www.codata.org/news/154/62/New-Zealand-Government-thanks-IRDR-and-CODATA-groups-for-their-help-following-2016-Kaikoura-earthquake <http://www.codata.org/news/154/62/New-Zealand-Government-thanks-IRDR-and-CODATA-groups-for-their-help-following-2016-Kaikoura-earthquake>

This story is reproduced from the ICSU website http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/nz-government-thanks-irdr-and-codata-groups-for-their-help-following-2016-kaikoura-earthquake <http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/nz-government-thanks-irdr-and-codata-groups-for-their-help-following-2016-kaikoura-earthquake> 

1) Save the Date!  International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science”: 8-13 October 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. <http://www.codata.org/news/152/62/Save-the-Date-the-International-CODATA-2017-Conference-Global-Challenges-and-Data-Driven-Science>  

2) Call for Expressions of Interest to Host International Data Week 2018 <http://www.codata.org/news/153/62/Call-for-Expressions-of-Interest-to-Host-International-Data-Week-2018> - deadline 10 March.

3) The CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830 <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830> summarises some of CODATA's most important activities over the last year of so.
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