Working Group on Information Systems and Services

WGISS (the Working Group on Information Systems and Services) is a subsidiary body supporting CEOS. WGISS promotes collaboration in the development of systems and services that manage and supply these observation data.WGISS Organization 2019 Q4

WGISS creates and demonstrates prototypes supporting CEOS and Group on Earth Observation (GEO) requirements. WGISS also addresses the internal management of EO data, the creation of information systems and the delivery of interoperable services. The activities and expertise of WGISS span the full range of the information life cycle from the requirements and metadata definition for the initial ingestion of satellite data into archives through to the incorporation of derived information into end-user applications.

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The 49th WGISS meeting will be hosted by the Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 20-23, 2020.  Meeting Website (Registration, Logistics, Documents)

The 50th WGISS meeting will be hosted by ROSCOSMOS in Sochi, Russia, September 14 to 18, 2020.  More details will become avaialable later.

The 48th WGISS meeting was hosted by the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 8 to 11, 2019. Meeting Website (Agenda, Notes, Actions)

Webinar 6: Future Data Access and Analysis Architecture Initiative 

Date: September 4, 2019

The CEOS Future Data Access and Analysis Architecture (FDA) initiative has resulted in a range of new approaches for Earth observation (EO) data access and analysis being deployed globally by CEOS Agencies. Many of the pilot activities are now practical implementations with new standards for Analysis Ready Data (ARD), advanced user-programmable Exploitation Platforms, and vast amounts of data readily available on cloud platforms with open source analytics tools like the CEOS Open Data Cube (ODC). Many of these components allow user algorithms to be brought to the data, rather than having to download and run locally, thus opening new opportunities for researchers, industry, and government use. The FDA ecosystem is still evolving and challenging to navigate, and the CEOS Working Groups are collaborating closely to make it simpler to not only discover EO data, but also to exploit it using the various elements of FDA.

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Working Group on Information Systems and Services Demonstration:

This video demonstrates the search and access of Earth science satellite data across multiple CEOS agencies that make use of a common set of interoperability standards to study an environment issue – the Borneo deforestation.