D 4.3 Service Operation Report - Full

Service development is an integral part of the EarthServer-2 project, as services implement the Rasdaman technology for a specific scientific community, give feedback to advance the software, gather user and domain-specific requirements of web services in general and do outreach to promote project outcomes. A total of four main services are being developed during the EarthServer-2 project. The services span multiple scientific domains. Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has created the Marine Data Service (MSDS), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has created the Climate Science Data Service (CSDS), Meteorological Environmental Earth Observation (MEEO) has created the Earth Observation Data Service (EODS), Jacobs University Bremen has created the Planetary Science Data Service (PSDS). The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Australia is an unfunded partner and is setting up a Landsat Data Service and works closely together with the EODS.

Between August 2016 and June 2017, the services have been improved in regards of service stability, data volume offered and development of community-specific tools in order to benefit from standardized web services. PSDS and EODS set a strong focus on the development of a community-specific web portal, which offers advanced data access and visualization of Earth Observation (EO) data and Planetary Data from Mars and the Moon. Both portals have been improved extensively in regards of the user experience and of community-specific tools users asked for. MSDS and CSDS set their focus more improving the computational use of a Web Coverage Services. This is specifically of interest for technical data users, who look for a standardized and simplified way to access and process data in a programmatic way, without a required data download. PML has developed a Python API, which is a wrapper for Web Coverage Processing Service queries and which offers a facilitated use of WCPS services. Users familiar with Python get directly the data in a python object, which can further be processed or visualized. ECMWF is working in close collaboration with Rasdaman and CITE to establish a connection between ECMWF’s Meteorological Archival and Retrieval System (MARS) archive and Rasdaman, in order to offer data in the archive in a standardized way. 

This service report gives an overview of the main developments of each service between the period 1 August 2016 and 30 June 2017. Each service partner provides information to the data holding, clients that are offered / developed as well as activities concerning user engagement and gathered feedback thereof. At the end of the report, an overview of collected KPI’s for the valid report period are provided for each service partner.

The remaining project period, all service partners will focus on increasing the data volume offered, eventually reaching the project’s goal of 1PB. PSDS and EODS will continue developing the web portals. ECMWF continues to collaborate with Rasdaman and CITE to establish a stable and performant Rasdaman-MARS connection. MSDS will further develop the Python API for WCPS requests. All service partners will also set a strong focus on outreach and dissemination activities.