CEOS Future Data Access & Architecture Strategy

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CEOS Future Data Access & Architecture Team has outlined it's strategy for creating and distributing earth observations. These 5 initiatives will improve the way CEOS uses this data.


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Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US


CEOS agencies spend billions
of dollars acquiring and 

delivering Earth observation
data. Delivering that data

efficiently and cost effectively
to all users globally is an

increasing challenge. 
The CEOS Future Data Access

& Analysis Architecture team
is working to develop and

implement a clear, shared
vision on how earth observation

data can be made available to
users in the most effective

way possible.
With a rapidly growing user

base and expanding archives of
increasingly complex data,

it’s critical to meet this
demand with flexible and

powerful solutions that move
away from traditional data

downloads, which also require
intensive user processing.

CEOS’s strategy for Future
Data Access and Analysis

looks to provide the products,
architectures, and tools

necessary to efficiently and
effectively provide access,

data analysis and distribution
within the earth observing community.

Five key initiatives make up the
F-D-A strategy. We look to

implement CARD-4-L, standardizing
data from a variety of observation

sources into an analysis ready
product that can be used immediately

and interoperably, without the need
to further process the data.

Second, we are making interoperable
free and open tools available that

allow all CEOS agencies to manage
and contribute data collaboratively.

Tools like the Open Data Cube seek
to simplify the access and use

of Earth observation data for
users, and to provide a platform

whereby all space agencies
conforming to the CEOS ARD

standards can contribute their
data and application algorithms.

Third, with data, processing,
and architecture interface

standards, we are defining the
ways in which data are organized

and accessed, and how those
products and algorithms are used.

New data platforms will be able
to use these standards to

seamlessly transition data, as
technology and computer

systems advance.
Fourth, we intend to make full

computing environments available
that support advanced analytical

processing capabilities. Along
with easy-to-use programming

environments based on free and
open software, implementation

of modular service tools will
allow multiple users to invoke,

use, and chain together
functionalities to better meet

user needs, such as complex
time series analysis.

F-D-A’s fifth initiative is to
establish user feedback and

metrics capabilities, which
will assist CEOS agencies

better determine where these
product, architecture, and

tool efforts are succeeding,
and where agencies can better

support the growing, evolving
community of earth observation

data users.
These five key initiative

areas each on their own have
tremendous merit, but when

combined form a powerful
end-to-end approach for

maximizing CEOS agency
resources and exploiting

valuable EO data holdings
for its user communities.

As data volumes and diversity
continue to rapidly increase

at the same time that the EO
user community expands and

changes, CEOS agency investment
in these products, architectures,

and tools will maintain a viable,
critical role in providing data

and information that support
decision making and meet user

needs and expectations
around the globe.