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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/satellite technology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/optical astronomy

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 388 981,25

Participants (9)

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 977,50
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 993,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 339 992,50
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
EODC EARTH OBSERVATION DATA CENTREFOR WATER RESOURCES MONITORING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 200 015
Address
Franz-grill-strasse 9
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MUNDIALIS GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 016,25
Address
Kolnstrasse 99
53111 Bonn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINERGISE LABORATORIJ ZA GEOGRAFSKEINFORMACIJSKE SISTEME DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 80 027,50
Address
Cvetkova Ulica 29
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 010
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOLENIX SCHWEIZ GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 79 988,75
Address
Pfannenstiel 12
4624 Harkingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 49 998,75
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations