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The 9th ISDE International Lectures Concluded: Advancing Scientific Model Sharing for the Digital Earth

The 9th ISDE International Lectures culminated on March 27, 2024, marking a successful conclusion. This event themed "Scientific Model Sharing for the Digital Earth" was organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and graciously supported by the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS). The audience engaged in presentations delivered by three distinguished speakers: Stefano Nativi, Paolo Mazzetti, and Mattia Santoro from the National Research Council of Italy. They delved into big earth data analytics in the Digital Earth, shedding light on a paradigm for open model sharing and scientific models sharing facilities.


Dr. Stefano Nativi, working for the National Research Council of Italy, delivered a lecture themed "Big Earth Data Analytics in Digital Earth". Addressing a diverse audience, he elucidated the concept of big earth data analytics. Moreover, he provided a concise overview of the smartification process, exemplifying its manifestations in smart cities, smart home and other aspects. One of the pivotal highlights of the discourse was the demonstration of how Web 4.0 fosters a seamless interaction between humans and machines, enabling the extraction of information from data and knowledge from information.


Dr. Paolo Mazzetti, Acting Director of Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IIA), captivated the audience with his presentation titled "Model-as-a-Resource: A Paradigm for Open Model Sharing", wherein he shared his research findings. He structured his discourse into four comprehensive sections. Beginning with an elucidation on the essence of the "scientific model" and its classification, he laid the groundwork for everyone's understanding. Then, he elaborated on the importance of sharing models, emphasizing the principles of open science and open knowledge. At the end of the presentation, he offered compelling insights into the MaaR framework.


Dr. Mattia Santoro, a researcher at the Division of Florence of CNR-IIA, presented a lecture entitled "Facilitating Scientific Models Sharing: Architectures and Technologies for Enabling Access and Use of MaaR". Initially, he detailed the infrastructural resources. This category of resources includes the networking, storage, computing, and other fundamental infrastructural resources, which are commonly used to execute a scientific model. Secondly, he elucidated the high level requirements, including the implementation of the workflow required for model execution and optimization of the model execution. The main goal of the Virtual Earth Cloud is to allow the execution of analytical software on the most appropriate of the different systems in a seamless way for the requester. Finally, he outlined his prospective research endeavors.


The 9th ISDE International Lectures was moderated by Paolo Mazzetti. Over 5,150 participants from around the world attended the 9th Lectures through Zoom, ISDE Bilibili platform, and other academic streaming platforms.



The ISDE International Lectures are organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and supported by the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS). It is a series of online events which feature invited lectures by well-known international experts in the field of Digital Earth. The event will invite speakers to give lectures every two months. The purpose of the events is to bring international scholars in the relevant research fields of Digital Earth together to exchange academic perspectives, share research results, and disseminate the most cutting-edge and authoritative concept of Digital Earth.