Transforming earth observations to actionable information for SDGs

March 22nd, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The NextGEOSS data hub and platform is now open for public use and will facilitate the fast and scalable transformation of earth observation data into actionable information and knowledge across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Copernicus is a major contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), providing vast amounts of open data about the earth for European citizens and global communities. The European Commission funds activities that transform Copernicus data to actionable information. One of these activities is NextGEOSS, a centralised European earth observation data hub and platform, where users can access data and deploy applications. It aims to bridge the gap between data and other types of resources.

Now open for public use, the data hub enables users to explore European earth observation data and services, while the platform services empower developers to build their own R&D or commercial applications with dedicated tools and support. External users can benefit from the tools being used to develop NextGEOSS’ internal pilots, a suite of next generation technology, when building their own earth observation-based applications and services. The solution is cloud agnostic, so users have flexibility to deploy their processing to any cloud providers.

There are several ways for the earth observation community to make use of the NextGEOSS resources, which are built on top of existing open source software for data and cloud infrastructure management (e.g. CKAN and OpenNebula). The following services are already available:

  • Integrate a pilot;
  • showcase an existing application and service;
  • link data to promote and increase its visibility to a wider GEO community

Each of these services allow full protection of the intellectual property rights of the researchers and developers. (Read more about the different services and how GEO communities can create more visibility for their data and applications so that others can reuse or otherwise benefit from them.)

Contact GEO, www.earthobservations.org

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