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The GEOSS User Requirement Registry (URR)
The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to help users better utilize earth observations in a broad range of societal benefit areas including health, agriculture, water, energy, weather, climate, disasters, ecosystems and biodiversity. GEOSS is user-driven. The User Requirements Registry (URR) is a versatile component of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) for the collection and quantification of user-related information and a crowd-sourcing tool for the engagement of users with GEOSS.
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URR Background Video (best viewed in HD)

Visualization The URR Data Model
The core of the URR is a comprehensive database with information about:

  • User Types
  • Applications
  • Earth Observation Requirements
  • Research, Technology, Infrastructure and Capacity Building Needs
  • Interconnectivity (links) between all entries. Read More ...

Analyses of User Needs
The URR is designed to facilitate three generic types of analyses (Plag et al., 2012):

  • Prioritization of user needs and observational requirements
  • Gap analyses
  • Relevance analyses

Key for all three analyses is information about the interconnectivity between specific entries in the URR, which is captured in the Links function and graphically displayed using a visualization tool. Read More ...

The Role of the URR for the GEO Work Plan Implementation
The URR also provides important functions supporting the implementation of the GEO Work Plan. Read More ...

Populating the URR
Population of the URR is based on several methods, including peer contribution similar to the Wikipedia system.  Read More ...

Identifying User Needs and Observational Requirements
Collecting information on user needs and translating them into observational requirements is not a straight-forward task. Several methods can be used to identify user needs. Read More ...

Being a User of the URR
You are invited to visit and search the URR or publish your information and thus enrich the URR. If you intend to publish information in the URR, it is strongly recommended that you first visit the URR Tutorials, or at least read the URR Quicky to learn how to View, Publish and Analyze URR data. Read More ...