CEOS Development Environment

Technology Exploration

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.


The purpose of the Technology Exploration Interest Group is to serve as a forum for exchange of technical information and lessons-learned experience about current and trending software technologies, services and other WWW / Internet related softwaretechnologies.

The primary goals of the Technology Exploration Interest Group are to:

  • Give CEOS/WGISS members opportunities to collaborate and discuss present and future technology solutions;
  • Research technologies that can help the Earth observation community be flexible and adaptable in their IT infrastructure;
  • Help facilitate CEOS/WGISS understanding of all generations of technology and support the implementation of both legacy and leading-edge technologies into Earth observation data systems;
  • Promote technologies in CEOS/WGISS that prove beneficial to the Earth observation community.

Please read the CEOS Data Application Report on Big Data and Cloud Computing.


Current Topics include:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Big Data, HPC and Cloud Computing
    1. What CEOS needs? CEOS Challenges
    2. Distributed data centers
    3. Data processing (incl, Data cube)
    4. Data distribution
    5. Data Analysis
    6. API and use of standards
    7. Network (bandwidth, application)
    8. Advantages and disadvantages
  3. Searching for free satellite data from CEOS agencies
    1. In suitable forms
  4. GCMD/IDN Keywords – what are they, how to add to these lists
  5. Search Relevancy for Collection searches
  6. Data Quality Semantics
    1. Augmentation of meta data
  7. Visualization of Data
    1. Web-based visualization
    2. Volume rendering
    3. Tiling
    4. Augmented Reality
  8. Using authentication/SSO
  9. Metrics of usage,  metrics of datasets
  10. Crowd Sourcing

Communication and Coordination

Please feel free to contact this Interest Group for more information:

Yousuke Ikehata – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

(Note: The former Grid & Web Services Interest Groups merged to form this Technology Exploration Interest Group.)