NextGEOSS – The next generation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems

NextGEOSS earth observation training applications
The NextGEOSS team pictured at the project launch in Lisbon, January 2017.

Project: NextGEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems)

Overview: To develop the next generation of the GEOSS Earth Observation (EO) initiative, enabling global access to EO data using a single search interface. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, this is a major €9m project involving 27 partners from 11 countries.

Purpose: To meet the strategic aims of the EU to extend the commercial use of earth observation (EO) data, NextGEOSS will focus on encouraging and stimulating data exploitation by businesses through engaging end-users, delivering technological developments and promoting the use of GEOSS to support the creation and use of EO activities and commercial services. The project will also identify training needs to encourage wider user-engagement with EO data and its commercial potential.

IEA Role:  The IEA is leading an activity in “Stimulating GEOSS-powered applications” and will be engaging application developers in industry and academia to assess their needs and developing technologies for data search and user feedback, using expertise in Linked Data gained through the MELODIES project led by IEA CTO Dr Jon Blower. Diverse users will be consulted to establish how they would like the GEOSS to evolve. Blower joined the NextGEOSS launch event, pictured above.

Co-design event, September 13, 2017, Reading UK – Evidence-based disaster risk management: accessing data and user feedback

Join us as we host this unique opportunity on behalf of the NextGEOSS project, for end users to influence development of the next generation of Earth observation (EO) data for use in the disaster risk reduction community. Find out more.

Have your say – contribute your views on how environmental data is provided to users

Are you a user of environmental data? Perhaps an application developer? A participant in a hackathon? What is your experience of discovering and preparing environmental datasets for use in your work?

The problem of “data friction” is a serious one for application development. As part of the NextGEOSS project, the IEA is gathering evidence on how environmental data is served to users – what is done well, and what is done badly, as well as suggestions for improvements. Contact Dr Debbie Clifford with your thoughts:

Characteristics of development projects include:

  • Combining multiple sources of data, not just data from one portal;
  • Carried out on timescales of weeks or months, not several years;
  • Typically developed by software engineers and/or consultants, not (necessarily) specialist EO researchers or data providers.

Does this sound like you? We want to hear about your experiences!

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Timeline: December 2016 – April 2020

Partners: Deimos Portugal (Lead), Elecnor Deimos SpainDeimos ImagingIEA, DLR (German Aerospace Centre), National Observatory of AthensThe Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Swiss Federal Department of the InteriorWorld Meteorological Organization, Open Knowledge Foundation, European Union Satellite Centre, Terradue Srl, University of Reading, Euroconsult SA, Altamira InformationNansen Environmental and Remote Sensing CenterOpen Geospatial Consortium (Europe), Bente Lilja Bye, DLO, University of Twente, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, ARMINES, Autonomous University of Barcelona, European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, Help Service – Remote Sensing SRO, European Grid Initiative, CNR and European Dynamics.

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