EarthServer initiative is establishing Agile Analytics on Petabyte data cubes as a commodity.
Pushing the boundaries of Big Earth Data services, the intercontinental Earthserver initiative enables researchers to browse, access, and analyze massive multi-dimensional data sets from a wide range of sources. Big Earth Data at your fingertips - this is the vision of EarthServer for unleashing the potential of Big Data through a disruptive paradigm shift in technology.
The ESA's Planetary GIS workshop was held on May 5-7 2015 at the ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid, Spain. During this workshop the following broad areas were presented and discussed:
- scientific needs and use cases (existing, new, cross-disciplinary);
- existing technical solutions;
- open problems and areas suitable to improvement.
In line with the identified areas and topics above, the objectives of the workshop include to:
- Evaluate state-of-art in mapping and visualization of geospatial data for planetary applications
- Create awareness on scientific use cases and technologies suitable for future development
- Assess geospatial mapping community and capacity building at european level
- Set the base for possible open, collaborative, community-driven planetary data exploitation
- Use geospatial standards, approach and tools for non-traditional applications (e.g. atmospheres, plasmas, etc.)
- Discuss and develop use cases for cross-disciplinary mapping and science
Over 80 participants from over 40 institutions in 12 countries (including USA, Russia and China) joined the workshop, mainly from the surface-science sub-community (geology, geography and cartography, ~80%), the atmospheric-science community (~10%), and from magnetospheric and plasma physics (~10%).
The PlanetServer / EarthServer service case has been presented by Angelo Pio Rossi, in the PlanetServer/EarthServer: planetary data exploration and exploitation through array databases session.