Earth Observation for Government Network
Aims & Objectives
The aims of the EOGN are to:
elicit and consolidate national understanding of the essential and critical information needs from government agencies that are currently being met or potentially could be met by EO based data, products and services.
provide advice to government on appropriate data, algorithms and methods, based on the current research and validation results from Australia’s EO research infrastructure and EO science communities;
enable and deliver effective engagement between research government and industry entities collecting processing and delivering EO data, products and services; and
organise, implement and deliver results from working groups and workshops to provide advice papers, data, code and other supporting information on requested topics, and to communicate these to government users, industry and the broader EO community.
The objective of EOGN is to maximise the benefits governments achieve from EO through improved sharing of information and technology relevant to government exploitation of EO data across and between all levels of government, and to ensure these benefits also support the broader Australian EO community including research and industry. In addition, ensure complementarity of products developed at different levels and scales. This recognises the different, but complementary, purposes to which different levels of government use EO.
EOGN will do this by connecting the defined information needs of government programs with the research communities and relevant research infrastructure that can develop techniques for addressing them. Products and services produced from this process may cover any aspect of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere including terrestrial and aquatic applications. This will be done through background research and communications and consultation with relevant government agencies, recognised “essential information” and “critical infrastructure” programs, and users of government data and services in the private sector, research and non-government areas, then convening a series of workshops and/or webinars on specific prioritised topics or questions to develop methodological advice on how governments should develop, test and deliver these products and services.
The initial scope of the EOGN is to establish and run the administrative framework referred to as EOGN that will provide methodological advice to government agencies on developing and delivering authoritative, scientifically robust and fit-for-purpose products and services using EO data.
Link to Government
EOA will use its links and mechanisms to connect people and provide feedback to governments, industry, and existing research communities, and provide information back to all these groups.
The research communities will be asked to provide advice and endorsement, as well as define current and strategic science problems, and be provided with feedback in a way that will inform research priorities, standardisation requirements and extract better value from EO. Government agencies at state/territory and Commonwealth levels will provide the questions which need addressing, and be provided with advice on endorsed approaches towards addressing these questions.
The Project does not include providing advice to industry EO questions or problems however they will benefit in receiving EOGN workshop outcomes via the EOA more broadly.
Link to Earth Observation Australia
EOGN has been set up and is run by University of Queensland under the Earth Observation Australia (EOA). EOA’s close affiliation with TERN, the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program (JRSRP) and the international Earth observation community enables EOGN to directly link into these entity’s networks and contacts and associated trusted communication channels.
EOA’s current activities are focused on implementing the Australian Earth Observation Community Plan 2026. Priority five of the Plan is aligned to EOGN objectives, this is to generate value from EO applications by strengthening end-user engagement to deliver high quality EO products and services that suit user needs, and support commercial development of EO applications. Also, with its priority one work which is focused on connecting and coordinating entities and activities where applicable to develop strong processes for internal coordination to ensure effective collaboration, resource use and advocacy for EO in Australia and abroad.