Steven Ramage leads external relations for the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations. He has spent his career working on strategy, policy, technology translation and innovation in the geospatial sector. He is a visiting professor at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde, and a SASNet fellow at the Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow, Scotland. He also chairs the GEO Commercial Sector Working Group, is a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Open Geospatial Consortium and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Without effective collaboration, efforts are duplicated, knowledge is lost, and impact is stunted. In today’s busy work environment, it is important to focus on relationship building as a key element of collaboration, writes Steven Ramage from Group on Earth Observations in this guest column on how open access to Earth data in decision making is key to improving lives for all.