Asterix and Obelix: How Standards Reunite Data and Metadata

There is a traditional saying that metadata are understandable, semantic-rich, and searchable whereas data are big, with no accessible semantics, and just downloadable – a little bit like smart little Asterix and fat, unintelligent Obelix in the well-known comics. Not only has this led to an imbalance of search support from a user perspective, but also underneath to a deep technology divide often using relational databases for metadata and bespoke archive solutions for data.

EO Data Service:an efficient datacube structure coupled with the virtual globe technology

The EO Open Science 2016 conference was held at ESA’s ESRIN centre in Frascati, Italy, on 12–14 September 2016. The conference aimed to explore new challenges and opportunities for satellite Earth observation research created by the rapid advances in information and communications technologies.

Enabling Technology for Exploitation of Earth Observation Products in the Big Data Era

TORUS is a project funded by the European Union in the framework of Erasmus+ Capacity Building. This program funds “transnational partnerships between educational institutions and organizations, training and youth programs in order, promoting cooperation and development”.

EO Data Service: Enabling Technology for Exploitation of Earth Observation Products in the Big Data Era

The use of Earth Observation (EO) data is becoming more and more challenging as a consequence of the volume and variety of data and the needs of the users that exploit the data.

Data provision with WCS/WCPS

Anticipation and preparedness of large-scale flood events play a key role in mitigating their impacts and optimizing the strategic planning of water resources. Although a lot of countries have well-established systems for river monitoring and early flood warning, an increasing number of inhabitants is affected by floods every year. The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) has been set up providing an overview on upcoming floodings in large world river basins.

Web Coverage Service for meteorological data - Experiences from the EarthServer-2 project

    Implementers from Member States have to make their data conformant to INSPIRE before 2020, for data sets in the scope of Annexes II and III of the Directive. This comprises the Elevation and Orthoimagery themes, for which data has to be mainly provided using the raster spatial representation type, but also other themes which are also allowing it as an option.

Web Coverage Service - A missing peace for Copernicus?

Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship programme on monitoring the Earth’s environment using satellite and in-situ observations aiming to deliver operational data and information services on a range of topical areas. Based upon these baseline services, many other value-added products can be tailored to more specific public, commercial needs or domain sectors. Copernicus will also address policy objectives, bringing an essential contribution to the 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which was recently agreed with the aim of “living well, within the limits of our planet”.