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This page gives an overview on all the studies and projects - currently ongoing - managed by the Research and Service Support and Ground Segment Technology Section (EOP-GSR), implemented as part of the ESA Technology and Research Programs. Such projects have been run through an inter-organisation cooperation framework, and in some cases have contributed to the release of some of the environments currently operated by RSS.
Information on past projects can be found in Projects Archive.


The overall objective of the project is the development of a prototypal SW for the exploitation of EO data and the setup of this system in the context of the Italian Collaborative Ground Segment infrastructure, as part, thus, of a federation of collaborative facilities in support of the Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP) concept at national level, followed by a proof-of-concept demonstration aimed at highlighting the benefits of such a system. The expected outputs of the project, thus, are supposed to establish a progress both in the technological domain and in the user perspective.

The strategy for the project implementation has five technical objectives:

  1. Data Hub Service Open Source software evolution
  2. Benchmark of data intensive technologies for archive organization, distribution, access
  3. Technology development and adoption of the necessary standards
  4. Procedure and tools for incorporation of new algorithms and products
  5. Innovative procedures for user interaction and user services

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Another project on E-Collaboration for Earth Observation is run in parallel, in order to explore different approaches and solutions.
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The objectives of the Automated Service Builder (ASB) project are to:
1) Perform an analysis of end-to-end processing models for current Earth Observation missions and related Processing Facilities (PFs). The processing chains will be studied and characterized by their steps, auxiliary and intermediary products, and final products, among others;
2) Study and apply new application management paradigm based on OGC WPS (Web Processing Services) and Virtual Appliances (vApps), to the complex processing chains deployed in the PDGS Processing Facilities.
In particular, the use of new application paradigms shall improve the following aspects of the IPFs: Flexibility, Performances, Scalability, Parallelization, Modularity, Updates and Upgrades;
3) Develop and implement a demonstrator permitting to automate as much as possible the integration and provision of IPF services;
4) Demonstrate the new concept considering current ESA Earth Observation missions processing chains and related re-processing campaigns.
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The objectives of the Ontology Based EO Search (OBEOS) project are to perform a survey on the state-of-the-art ontology methods supported by the most common and widely adopted standard protocols (e.g., CSW, OpenSearch, CWIC, WxS, etc…) and to identify standardization activities, which might be foreseen to further ease the interoperability with existing systems.
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The main objective of the Data Mining For Analysis And Exploitation Of Next Generation Of Time Series (DAMATS) project is to study, develop and demonstrate a prototype for the extraction of information in Satellite Image Time Series (SITS). To achieve this, the following activities shall be addressed:
- Quick and effective generation of SITS;
- Definition and categorisation of classes with the same evolution in time (“categories of evolution”);
- Fast semantic searches of defined classes.
- The selection of SITS specific algorithms for the extraction of inherent information content;
- Benchmarking activities for relevant SITS, including additional information sources;
- Implementation and validation of prototypes with relevant user communities, with related services made available over a virtualized environment.
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The objective of the Web based ASI Social SDI (WASDI) project is to implement a unique, simple and intuitive interface to foster the exploitation of the asset concerning EO data and satellite products, for satisfying requirements of users’ communities and, in particular, experts/researchers in the field of Earth Sciences, managers of services and public administrations (i.e. civil protection decision makers).The project aims at developing software tools that will be available for Italian National Collaborative Ground Segment.
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The Optical/SAR data and system Integration for Rush Identification of Ship models (OSIRIS) project aims at developing an advanced platform for maritime surveillance.
The platform will be initially based on the integration of data acquired by Sentinel-1 (high-resolution SAR) and Sentinel-2 (high-resolution Optical) satellites provided by ESA Copernicus Programme. Subsequently, also the algorithms for very high-resolution data both Optical (EROS-B provided by ISI) and SAR (COSMO-SkyMed constellation provided by ASI) will be developed.
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