Distinguished Experts and Scholars
On behalf of the Academia Sinica, Ministry of the Interior, National Applied Research Laboratories and Chinese Culture University, Digital Earth Research Center is pleased to welcome you to take part in the 8th Taipei International Digital Earth Symposium (TIDES 2012) that will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from May 14th ~May 18th, 2012.
The term Digital Earth put forward by Al Gore in 1998 has come to represent a global technological initiative. Over the past few years, virtual globes have become popular for commercial, social and scientific applications and tools designed to support the realization of the Digital Earth vision, ranging from geo-browsers over online collaborative mapping tools to spatial data infrastructures have been developed. Now it’s time to take a serious look towards the future of Digital Earth.
Recently, international groups of geographic and environmental scientists from government, industry, and academia have suggested that the vision of Digital Earth needs to be re-considered following many developments in the fields of information technology, data infrastructures, and earth observation. Fields of research have also been proposed in order to continue the realization of the Digital Earth concept.
With the intention of discussing ways to implement the vision of next generation Digital Earth, the Academia Sinica, the Ministry of the Interior, National Applied Research Laboratories and the Chinese Culture University (CCU), will hold the 8th Taipei International Digital Earth Symposium (TIDES 2012) in Taipei, Taiwan from May 14th to May 18th, 2012. The main theme will focus on the next generation Digital Earth vision with the aim of shaping research and policy over the next few years. In discussing the key aspects in the development of next generation Digital Earth, the aims of the conference are to revise Digital Earth theory framework and technology; to provide an interdisciplinary overview of the existing Digital Earth solutions that have been developed for the challenges faced by the world today; and to document the current state of geospatial information technology and pinpoint directions for research towards the next generation of Digital Earth.
We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts and to attend in order to share your achievements in the fields of digital earth. The venue of the symposium is the main campus of Chinese Culture University, next to the beautiful Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei. TIDES 2012 is open to everyone who is concerned about the future of planet Earth. We look forward to seeing you in Taiwan!
Dr. Yea Chung Ding
Conference Secretary General, TIDES 2012
Professor, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan