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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 main objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate the technologies for implementing and deploying an infrastructure to foster the joint usability of different and heterogeneous atmospheric datasets. This is a highly relevant aspect in Atmospheric Sciences, where a large variety of data in terms of sensing method, time, geometry, resolution, format and dimensionality (1D simple profile, 2D maps, 3D data volumes, 4D time series, etc.) usually prevents the combined use of various datasets, in particular e.g. for data fusion, trends analysis or data assimilation . Usability is the key aspects: EO products can be separately searched, downloaded, etc. but their joint use is not straightforward.


The objective of the Automation of Monitoring and Control of PDGS and Facilities (AMOC) project is to re-define the technologies and the M&C approach for Earth Explorer (EE) Missions (and potentially also other operational missions). In AMOC, the Agency is therefore seeking - first and foremost - a new concept, followed by a prototyping effort, of monitoring and control tools and systems.
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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 Big Data from Space - Reference Architecture Framework (BIDS-RAF) project aims at the analysis, identification and benchmarking of technologies and interfaces for setting-up a prototype architectural framework (platform) to provide an environment for development, deployment and execution of EO Big Data processing chains in an interoperable way, independently from the computing infrastructure. Such a platform shall permit to ease the creation, automation and execution of processing chains in order to support the generation of new users’ applications and services build on the valuable information content hidden within Big Data.
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Current ESA and Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) missions are steadily increasing in volume, variety and complexity, interconnection, integration and delivery rate of data. This poses challenges to the way data are treated, from data collection, storage, management, dissemination and access to their analysis, exploitation, processing, integration and delivery to final consumers. In this context, the main objectives of the Co-registration of Data Streams (CORDS) project are to develop the technologies and to prototype a framework for integrating geo-referenced data from different domains and data sources, including data streams, in a fashion that they can be used in a single frontend.
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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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The current Product Distribution Facility (PDF) developed as a subsystem of the PROBA-V User Segment and maintained and deployed at VITO, allows users to discover, download, order and subscribe to products from the SPOT-VEGETATION and PROBA-V collections, as well as derived bio-geophysical products. This project shall address the evolution of the current PDF for the SPOT-VEGETATION and PROBA-V data and derived vegetation products at VITO, in order to support next generation of EO data discovery and access services.
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This project aims at addressing the technology needs for a Quality Control Metadata Management Systems in support of the new generation of land monitoring services. This shall include survey about use cases, applicable specifications and alternatives to current operational practices in QC management.
The project shall also deliver an Open Source Software (OSS) system to be potentially deployed in the framework of an operational Land Monitoring Service for QC Metadata Management in synergy with the experiences and results of both the EEA project on Land Cover Continuous Monitoring (LCCM) and the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS).


The objective of the Tool Augmentation by User Enhancements and Orchestration (TAO) project is to analyse, identify and benchmark technologies and interfaces for a light, consistent and harmonised software framework, which shall define and demonstrate the basis for next generation of EO toolboxes. Furthermore, these new advanced toolboxes shall support and ease the integration and orchestration of the already existing ones (like e.g. the Orfeo ToolBox anf the Sentinel Toolboxes), addressing in particular user-provided processing modules, as well as the integration of EO product manipulation, analysis and visualisation tools. The framework shall also permit to ease the automation and parallelisation of processing chains in order to address huge data volumes. 

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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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