On October 21, 2020, the First Meeting of the Governing Council of the IUGS Deep-Time Digital Earth (DDE) Program was held as a videoconference. The project was launched at the end of February 2019 during the opening of the DDE Forum, held in conjunction with the 73rd meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in Beijing. DDE is a 10-year basic research program recognized by the International Union of Geological Sciences (2019 - 2028).
The Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE) program is aimed at international cooperation in compilation of global information geological databases. The goal of the Program is to create a new information technology platform and combine data on the geological structure of continents and oceans, the deep structure of the Earth, its evolution in time, isotopic geochemistry and geochronology, biodiversity, paleomagnetism, etc.
In particular, the DDE program is considered by IUGS as a new stage of international cooperation with Russia and the continuation of such international projects as "Deep Processes and Metallogeny of Northern, Central, and Eastern Asia", in which Russia, Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China participate; "International Geological Map of Asia (IGMA), Atlas of Geological Maps of Circumpolar Arctic.
Members of the Governing Council from around the world, including the Geological Survey of China, Great Britain, Canada, the Korean Institute of Geological Sciences and Mineral Resources, the Federal Agency on Mineral Resources (Rosnedra), Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI), Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW), International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), International Paleontological Association (IPA), etc. took part at the First Meeting.
During the meeting, a formal DDE Program Accord was signed, setting out the Program's mission and main objectives. In particular, one of the main provisions of the Accord is the DDE's decision to promote and combine existing and publicly available geological and geophysical databases, to develop and maintain new international projects, and to integrate information projects of other organizations, including projects of the Global Sedimentary Geology Program (GSGP), Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW), the International Lithosphere Program (ILP), the International Geosciences and Geoparks Program (IGGP), and OneGeology.