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Ms Katherine A Foster


Organisation: Open Earth Foundation

Organisation Type: Non-profit Organisation

Country: United States


Field(s) of expertise / NGI Topic:

  • AI
  • Big Data
  • BlockChain
  • IOT
  • Emerging technology for Climate and Sustainable Development / Green New Deal / Earth Twin / Carbon Markets / Renewable Energy

NGI focus areas for experiments:

  • Experimental Platforms (e.g. Smart cities, smart transport, Smart agriculture, etc.)
  • Digital Twin Earth and Open Connected Platforms (Open climate, open finance , open solar, energy certification, digital green bonds etc that are interconnected and linked to UNFCC, carbon markets and climate finance mechanisms). Our Collabathon platform and process www.collabathon.openclimate.earth/open-climate-dialogues-nov2020 as successful open source international collaborative approach to building out the architecture and integrating new prompts. Initiatives with World Bank Carbon Markets and UN Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs. Open calls for integration and scaling new research and deployment model for disruptive systems entrepreneurship for the Earth governance and management would be welcome and would serve to bolster existing and future funded projects. Specifically we would like to see: -Digital Earth Twin (as per EU initiative and funding ) to monitor and simulate natural and human activity, and to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable development and zero carbon initiatives that could also integrate across existing digital initiatives -Integration of initiatives across Smart Cities, Smart Transport, zero carbon cities and transport -Clean Energy and climate accounting, RECs, green finance and climate finance -Globally Integrated Climate Accounting System - a digitally integrated and interoperable climate accounting system consistent with the Paris Agreement. -Open Collaboration platform - radical collaboration via collabathon as platform and process connecting local groups and stakeholders to system and platform -Ethics and diversity issues within technology/digital initiatives (going beyond privacy issues) is also a key issue

Your NGI-related portfolio: Open Earth Foundation (USA) is a research and deployment non-profit using cutting edge digital technologies and multi-stakeholder collaborations to advance open source platforms and solutions including: -Demonstrated and piloted climate accounting and climate finance (including work with World Bank, UN, Development Institutions etc.) We have focused our technological development on three main architectural components: 1) Nested climate accounting, every jurisdiction is nested in a larger jurisdiction (integrate the public sector accounting and the private sector accounting without double counting) working with the Spatial Web foundation, which uses a geo-based web3 protocol called the hyperspace transfer protocol. Every unit is geo tagged, and every jurisdiction is a geographic polygon with an associate registry. This links blockchains to the physical domain, and our work integrates directly with esri maps, and the spatial protocol is now being developed as a standard in IEEE. 2) Interoperable climate units and data structures (leverage DID and verifiable credentials, and we work closely with Linux and InterWork Alliance for the establishment of trusted interactions and token interoperability). 3) Networking of Climate Markets (working directly with Climate Warehouse > WBG > UNFCCC). We are also connecting and collaborating across the international climate network of actors and connecting this to our other projects and initiatives of interest. -Cross-Border Clean Energy Certification (key partners in place for North America ) a transparent, objective, and third party verified certification network. -Open Solar - interconnected with RECs and climate accounting as well as climate finance (technical pilot underway in Puerto Rico with market pilot and scaling with other regions and island states). -Digital Green / Climate Bonds /Climate Finance ( platform infrastructure for securitized project finance which started with OpenSolar, and specifically financing solar microgrids in Puerto Rico and now working on additional pilots and integrating into digital climate bond end-to-end).


The 30-months project NGIatlantic.eu will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.




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