NCI, part of the Australian National University is a comprehensive, vertically integrated research service that is engaged with and embedded with research communities, high-impact centres, and institutions and collaborates internationally. NCI has particular responsibility for national environmental research including climate change, earth system science, national water management, the geosciences, and earth observation, as well as national leadership in the ongoing strategy for supporting computational research. Within these data collections are datasets which will benefit from a close alignment with science community driven standards developments, and high performance technologies that are progressed within the EarthServer-2 activity.
The technologies being developed around high-performance data arrays and datacubes and the adherence and advancement of OGC and IEEE compliant services are strongly aligned with existing activities at NCI. Further, the integration of the analysis and visualisation environments aligns with activities at NCI under our collaborative Virtual Laboratories program, which has been developed since 2010.
Geoscience Australia applies geoscience to Australia's most important challenges by providing geoscience information, services and capability to the Australian Government, industry and stake-holders. Currently, Geoscience Australia is reprocessing all historical (and new) Landsat imagery. Through a partnership between CSIRO, NCI and GA, this data is being aligned with other satellite observational data sets to be provided as single datacube which it plans to serve out from NCI in conjunction with flexible services that allow users to quickly analyse the data.
NCI is partner of the EarthServer initiative, supported through Australian funds.
NCI in EarthServer Federation
As part of the EarthServer initiative NCI provides access to the Australian Landsat Data Cube. The service can be accessed via any browser at http://rasdaman.nci.org.au/rasdaman/ows.
OGC standard interfaces are enabled on top of datacubes fully operated by the NCI team.
As a service of the EarthServer federation, the Australian Landsat Data Cube is also fully integrated in the EO Data Service (http://eodataservice.org) where user-friendly discovery, access and visualization services are available as presented in this short video: https://youtu.be/iqY8TgfCUvo.