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openEO - a common, open source interface between Earth Observation data infrastructures and front-end applications

Objective

The capabilities of the latest generation of Earth observation satellites to collect large volumes of diverse and thematically rich data are unprecedented. For exploiting these valuable data sets, many research and industry groups have started to shift their processing into the cloud. Although the functionalities of existing cloud computing solutions largely overlap, there are all custom-made and tailored to the specific data infrastructures. This lack of standards not only makes it hard for end users and application developers to develop generic front-ends, but also to compare the cloud offerings by running the same analysis against different cloud back-ends. To solve this, a common interface that allows end- and intermediate users to query cloud-based back offices and carry out computations on them in a simple way is needed. The openEO project will design such an interface, implement it as an open source community project, bind it to generic analytics front-ends and evaluate it against a set of relevant Earth observation cloud back offices. The openEO interface will consist of three layers of Application Programming Interfaces, namely a core API for finding, accessing, and processing large datasets, a driver APIs to connect to back offices operated by European and worldwide industry, and client APIs for analysing these datasets using R, Python and JavaScript. To demonstrate the capability of the openEO interface, four use cases based chiefly on Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 time series will be implemented. openEO will simplify the use of cloud-based processing engines, allow switching between cloud-based back office providers and comparing them, and enable reproducible, open Earth observation science. Thereby, openEO reduces the entry barriers for the adaptation of cloud computing technologies by a broad user community and paves the way for the federation of infrastructure capabilities.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
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€ 388 981,25
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Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria

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Wien Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00

Participants (9)

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
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€ 359 977,50
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
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€ 319 993,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 339 992,50
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EODC EARTH OBSERVATION DATA CENTREFOR WATER RESOURCES MONITORING GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 200 015,00
Address
Franz-grill-strasse 9
1030 Wien

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Wien Wien
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MUNDIALIS GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 90 016,25
Address
Kolnstrasse 99
53111 Bonn

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
SINERGISE LABORATORIJ ZA GEOGRAFSKEINFORMACIJSKE SISTEME DOO
Slovenia
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€ 80 027,50
Address
Cvetkova Ulica 29
1000 Ljubljana

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
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€ 80 010,00
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano

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Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen Bolzano-Bozen
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
SOLENIX SCHWEIZ GMBH
Switzerland
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€ 79 988,75
Address
Pfannenstiel 12
4624 Harkingen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Solothurn
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 49 998,75
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00