The key role of technologies such as Big Data and Cloud Computing as important enablers for productivity and better services has been stressed in Europe since 2013 (EUCO, 169/13). In line with these directions, the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) is currently taking advantage from Big Data and Cloud Computing: the goal is to improve the capacity of the Space and Security community to access and analyse the increasing amount of data produced with high velocity by a variety of sources to timely provide decision-makers with clear and useful information.
The SatCen activities to address these requirements were presented during the last Earth Observation (EO) Open Science 2016 conference, held in Frascati, between 12th and 14th of September. The conference explored new challenges and opportunities for EO research created by the rapid advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This includes open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science and crowdsourcing, advanced visualization, e-learning and education of the new generation of EO and Data scientists.
During the session “New Era for Open Science”, Sergio Albani (SatCen) illustrated different SatCen complementary activities in the frame of the H2020 projects BigDataEurope and EVER-EST, where Big Data and Cloud Computing solutions are exploited. In BigDataEurope, SatCen is building a Secure Societies community, eliciting Big Data requirements for Secure Societies and implementing a pilot in the Space and Security domain ; in EVER-EST, SatCen is collecting the requirements of the Land Monitoring Community (focusing on the Space and Security domain) in order to define and implement a relevant pilot to validate the EVER-EST Virtual Research Environment.
Starting from the implementation of the pilots, SatCen is also looking for possible synergies between the BigDataEurope and EVER-EST solutions to improve its capabilities and in general those of the Space and Security community.
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Albani, S., Lazzarini, M., Koubarakis, M., Taniskidou, E. K., Papadakis, G., Karkaletsis, V. & Giannakopoulos, G. (2016). Integrating remote and social sensing data for a scenario on secure societies in a Big Data platform. In Proceedings of Living Planet Symposium 2016, Prague (CZ), 9–13 May, ESA SP-740, 2016.