NORDUnet cooperated with the NASA Research and Education Network (NREN) and the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), to support live demonstrations of the Global Observation Information Network (GOIN) in Stockholm, during the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) 1999 Plenary. The event was hosted by the European Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT) organization, with the support of the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC). CEOS (www.ceos.org) is the worldwide technical coordinator for all agencies that develop and operate satellites that observe the earth from space.
GOIN was initiated in 1993 by the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Japan, under the United States-Japan Framework for a New Economic Partnership. It is a cooperative effort between agencies of both governments to strengthen Earth observation information networks, involving both satellite and in-situ data.
Over the past two years, GOIN has expanded to include Asia-Pacific regional partners. Of particular interest would be the addition of European earth observation research organizations, such as the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy.