Big Earth Data at your fingertips - this is the vision of EarthServer, an intercontinental initiative for unleashing the potential of Big Data through a disruptive paradigm shift in technology:
from isolated silos of data with disparate functionality towards a single, uniform information space;
from a difficult, artificial differentiation between data and metadata access to unified retrieval;
from zillions of files towards few whatever-size datacubes;
from limited functionality to the freedom of asking anything, anytime, any server in a peer network of data centers worldwide.
In phase 1, EarthServer has established open ad-hoc analytics on massive Earth Science data, based on and extending leading-edge Array Database technology, rasdaman.
According to EU Commission and phase 1 reviewers, rasdaman will "significantly transform the way that scientists in different areas of Earth Science will be able to access and use data in a way that hitherto was not possible".
Six Lighthouse Applications with over 200 TB have demonstrated this.
Additionally, EarthServer-1 "with no doubt has been shaping the Big Earth Data landscape through the standardization activities within OGC, ISO and beyond".
Now phase 2 of EarthServer is starting. With an even more ambitious goal: each data center will provide at least 1 Petabyte of 3-D and 4-D datacubes. Technology advance will allow real-time scaling of such Petabyte cubes, and intercontinental fusion.
This power of data handling will be wrapped into direct visual interaction based on multi-dimensional visualization techniques, in particular: NASA WorldWind. Following the motto "a cube says more than a million images" EarthServer-2 has set out to redefine the Big Data service landscape even more.