Our Solutions


Our Mission

D_City promotes public advances to strengthen the post-Google Earth movement known as Digital Earth | Virtual Nations | Data Cities. We aim to spread the word on potentials of geospatial technologies to deliver solutions for urban challenges.

Initially funded by various Australian public sector organisations, the ‘D_City/digital cities network’ was launched in Sydney at the Metropolis world city governments congress in October 2008. Now we have been adopted as a project of the digital cities working group of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and are supported also by the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI).

Among international governments, science and UN organisations, the Digital Earth vision officially is called the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). It is co-ordinated by the Geneva-based, G8 nations-supervised Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which sponsored the first two printings of our first comprehensive report in 2013 (online at dcitynetwork.net/manifesto).

Below is our concept diagram. Inspired by English philosopher Ebenezer Howard’s 1898-1901 town planning layouts for ‘Garden Cities of To-morrow’, it illustrates how the GEOSS/Digital Earth movement is emerging in terms of participants, research themes, goals, tasks and potential benefits.