What is GSSD?

Why Use GSSD?

The complexity of sustainability requires a multidisciplinary global approach for assisting governmental, scientific, and industrial stakeholders to (a) gain a common understanding of the challenges and (b) access to relevant knowledge bases, expertise, and perspectives. All of this must take place in what is, effectively, "real time."

Many search engines generate extensive results, which often require user time and selectivity. By contrast, GSSD seeks to provide more focused content of high quality, supported by intellectual coherence and reliable knowledge and tracking methods.

Diverse users have different purposes, capabilities, missions, and priorities, with goals at different levels of development.

User Types

Public sector

Formal national, international, & inter-governmental levels

Private sector

Commercial and non-commercial users at all levels

Professional groups

Formal and informal, all levels and contexts


Diverse levels, contexts, and institutions

Policy leaders

Agenda setters, for consensus-building

Knowledge providers

Generators & distributors of different knowledge types

System developers

Creators of new operations, tools, and functionalities


Various fields, levels, contexts with diverse needs


Formal & informal capacity enhancers