ESA earth observation data to be made open

​Serco, a multinational public service provider, has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to create a cloud-based platform where anyone can look at ESA data

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Dec 18, 2017
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The data in question comes from ESA's Copernicus programme and includes earth observation and geospatial data. Copernicus is the largest earth-observation programme in the world, with a set of dedicated satellites feeding it imagery and data (Sentinel satellites), and many on-the-ground sensors recording air quality, precipitation, sea levels, and other information. The data is already being used by governments and businesses worldwide for a variety of uses from counter-piracy to climate change tracking.

The contract has been awarded to Serco's Italian arm, and will last for 4 years. The new platform will launch after a 6-month building and testing phase. Serco and ESA have already worked together on projects over several years.

The platform will be easy-to-use and is aimed at providing data to entrepreneurs for new applications and services.

The press release states that "the project aims to stimulate a wave of innovation, resulting in the creation of a range of exciting new data-based applications and services."

The full press release is at the SERCO website.

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Ben Johnson

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I am Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature with a role to provide training, guidance and support on our online communities. I worked at BioMed Central for 5 years, where I launched and developed new open access journals, including Microbiome, Zoological Letters and Cancer & Metabolism. Before that, I spent 8 years in research with a PhD in influenza virus innate immunity from the University of Reading and Health Protection Agency and then as a postdoc at Imperial College London researching smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and apoptosis. Please get in touch with any training needs, technical questions or general comments!

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