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European Scalable Earth Science Service Environment

Objective

EarthServer aims at open access and ad-hoc analytics on Earth Science (ES) data, based on the OGC geo service standards Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS). The WCS model defines "coverages" as unifying paradigm for multi-dimensional raster data, point clouds, meshes, etc., thereby addressing most of Earth Science data. WCPS as aka "XQuery for raster data" allows declarative, SQL-style queries on coverages.
The project will develop a pilot implementing these standards, integrated with NetCDF and GeoSciML, two core formats used in the ESs, and open-source GIS tools. Integration of WCPS with XQuery will allow mixed data/metadata queries. The unified service will support navigation, extraction, aggregation, and ad-hoc analysis on massive n-D ES data through queries of open-ended complexity, achieving a flexibility on coverage data as it is known from SQL. Clients will range from mobile devices over Web tools to high-end immersive virtual reality.
- In the RTD part, EarthServer will establish open-source client and server technology which is scalable to Petabyte/Exabyte volumes, based on distributed processing, supercomputing, and cloud virtualization. Implementation will be based on the existing rasdaman server technology developed by one partner, an operational system similar to SciDB.- In the Service part, this new service will be installed on super-scale archives of data centers serving atmospheric, oceanography, geology, and general earth observation communities. Queries can span archive sites and cross-domain data sets. Volumes of 20+ TB will be demoed.- In the Networking part, user training, community involvement and outreach, education of society (students, pupils, etc.) and public authorities, and standardization will be performed (e.g., OGC and INSPIRE).
This novel quality of service, with its unified overarching retrieval, will enable new discoveries and enhanced collaboration, both ad-hoc and in "long tail science".
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Coordinator

JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH

Address

Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 303 183

Administrative Contact

Ronald Kieschnick (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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EOX IT SERVICES GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 409 796

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 198 422

RASDAMAN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 129 752

ATHINA-EREVNITIKO KENTRO KAINOTOMIAS STIS TECHNOLOGIES TIS PLIROFORIAS, TON EPIKOINONION KAI TIS GNOSIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 312 121

COMETA CONSORZIO MULTI ENTE PER LAPROMOZIONE E L ADOZIONE DI TECNOLOGIE DI CALCOLO AVANZATO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 245 742

METEOROLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH OBSERVATION SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 450 647

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 232 320

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 862

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 378 155

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 283610

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 029 795

  • EU contribution

    € 4 000 000

Coordinated by:

JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH

Germany