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Our Mission

"To develop a sustainable roadmap under which states can collaborate on economic and social needs, and maximize information and communication technologies (ICT) to provide space and terrestrial tele-reach applications."

Description

Telereach.org is an online portal for Tele-reach communities - a knowledge base and resource center for governments, NGOs, businesses, scientists, and individuals. Visitors can search for, and share tele-reach related information, experiences, and knowledge, as well as link to relevant resources and databases. This portal is dedicated to optimizing awareness of tele-reach opportunities, and provide a forum for discussion about real world cases and lessons learned.


Why

Within the Global South and the surrounding world, there are public, private, and collaborative partnerships that use tele-reach solutions to deliver products and services. However, these solutions are often working in isolation which can duplicate effort and reduce their effective impact. Reach2020 outlines important elements of tele-reach in the Global South and concludes that the existing network of satellites, ground segments, and user applications lends itself to a ‘system of systems’ approach similar to the GEOSS concept. In this concept, experts from participating countries and organizations look at the various aspects of Earth observation with a view to avoid redundancies and fill in service gaps [1]


The first step towards building a tele-reach operational system of systems (TOSS) is to create an online knowledge base and resource center for governments, NGOs, businesses, individuals and other tele-reach communities. The TOSS is specifically proposed to identify overlaps and deficits in current applications and infrastructures. This will help ensure more efficient resource utilization and identify opportunities for further tele-reach applications and collaboration.

Reach2020 established this unique web-based portal for sharing experiences and information about tele-reach. This new website, <http://telereach.org> uses the proven and familiar ‘wiki’ model, which “…exists to provide a globally available, free (as in freedom, as well as money), encyclopedic (verifiable and unbiased) resource to everyone in their own language.” [2]

This portal has links to different applications of tele-reach, the wide range of infrastructures used, developed business models, and critical policy decisions involved in successfully running tele-reach programs. Case studies are provided from Advanced, Intermediate, and Emerging tiers. In the future, this portal will include a catalog of vendors who provide hardware, software, and other services to enable tele-reach applications. It will have links to research institutes working on innovative ideas, upcoming conferences, books, recent publications, and funding support in different tele-reach domains including tele-health, tele-education, and tele-communication. The website will also host a discussion forum where experts can network, share their tele-reach knowledge and expertise, discuss their ideas, and provide links to other resources. Visitors can register for a bi-monthly newsletter to keep them well-informed of the latest updates and links to live data. Contributions are welcomed from any interested party. This will help foster the creation of a worldwide movement dedicated to optimizing awareness of tele-reach opportunities and maximizing existing efforts.

The strength of this endeavor lies in the fact that it provides a range of inputs from many users; it is a collaborative approach to managing a common resource. This portal will identify and integrate diverse datasets and provide access to useful models and other decision-making tools. This repository of information could help inform and encourage entrepreneurs seeking business opportunities in existing tele-reach infrastructures or policy makers looking to develop solutions for their national or local needs. Vendors and suppliers can also use this tele-reach portal to promote themselves by providing relevant links to their products and services. This portal could also be used by job seekers to identify potential job opportunities within the tele-reach industry.


There are three main issues to be addressed in order to make this portal a successful endeavor. First, content needs to be generated on the website. Second, the site needs to be promoted among relevant stakeholders, which can be done by bringing together experts from different tele-reach domains in a series of regional conferences and workshops. Finally, the content needs to be kept up-to-date. The success of this portal will depend upon achieving buy-in from all relevant stakeholders in the concept of a central tele-reach portal and an eventual TOSS.

The portal provides an access point through which governments and other agencies could promote their approach to tele-reach and link to their extant tele-reach projects. This could act as a common point in which policy makers could assess the latest activities occurring in the industry.

It is recommended that governments, as well as other relevant agencies in the field, provide a link from their respective websites to this web site (http://telereach.org), thereby giving decision makers access to the latest activity in tele-reach. It is hoped that the UN will support Reach2020 by validating this web-based framework, which would help to build its credibility. Ultimately, the web-based portal will act as a centralized information resource; a forum where decision makers, experts, industry, and NGOs can network; and a starting point from which to launch the TOSS.

References

  1. [1] Global Earth Observation System of Systems – US EPA Accessed 4th February 2012.
  2. [2] How and Why Wikipedia Works: An Interview with Angela Beesley, Elisabeth Bauer, and Kizu Naoko. Accessed 4th February 2012