China establishes world’s first big data research center for SDGs


China on Monday established an International Big Data Research Center for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Beijing.

It is the first international scientific research institution in the world to use big data to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a blueprint adopted by all member states of the United Nations. UN in 2015 with 17 SDGs and 169 targets at the heart of peace and prosperity. .

The center will establish a global monitoring and evaluation system for the SDGs, providing relevant UN agencies and Member States with data sharing, technological assistance and decision-making support.

Big Earth data, a type of big data associated with earth sciences, plays a role in SDG research.

“Big Earth data can further improve the coverage of monitoring indicators by producing new data sets and provide more timely data to fill and reconstruct gaps in time series, on the basis of which the monitoring results of SDG indicators with higher spatial and temporal resolution can be achieved, “said Guo Huadong, director of the center and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Guo said that Earth’s big data widely used in SDG research nowadays mainly includes satellite remote sensing data, sensor network data, trajectory data, social and economic statistics data, opinion and behavior data, transaction data and survey data.


Sean N. Ayres