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The importance of geosciences has increased steadily and rapidly over recent decades, with problems arising at local, regional, national, and international levels. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and landslides threaten lives and infrastructure, the earth's population is growing rapidly, we have to deal with challenges regarding raw materials, clean water is not available everywhere, soil protection is a key issue, ecosystems are at risk, and we are facing the consequences of a changing climate. For sustainable use of our natural resources, conservation of nature and the environmental and protection from natural hazards, reliable data and easy to use information systems are crucial. In order to meet demands, we need a network with capability to deliver data, information and knowledge required for decisions in politics and public administration.