Since its launch in 2005, G-POD Earth Observation service number kept growing. This drew to a growth on the number of users and data processed on G-POD computing resources. G-PODâ€™s success led to the need of revisiting the Man-Machine-Interface to accommodate effective tools to effectively manage services, tasks and other elements of G-POD. This scenario gave birth to G-POD version 2.0 that will provide a large number of enhancements.
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What's new ?
Along side to a major change of the look and feel and there-engineering of its engine, G-POD 2.0 brings several benefits to its uers:
New look and feel
G-POD has a new design created by ESA's Web designers.
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A search engine has been added to G-POD to help users find services and tasks using free text.
Services can be assigned classes and ratings which allows presentation by application type, for example.
"My Folder" is now a tabbed workspace
Task visualization has been revisited and transformed into a new workspace where tasks are organized in tabs according to their status. Furthermore, tasks can now be searched according to a number of search terms: free text and dates (submission,completions, etc.).
Query results in the service definition page now display additional metadata such as start and stop times, orbit number and processing station among others. Moreover, query results can be searched and filtered. Example: Filter the ASAR WSM products to show only orbit 305 or polarization V/V.
Clicking on a product footprint highlights its position in the list, thus easing selection, while selecting one or more products on the list highlights their footprints on the map.
Submission of tasks
This important aspect has been revisited to make the submission easier; a task can now be submitted without having to save it first to the workspace.
Discovery of G-POD dataset series is now accessible via G-POD's Web Portal: browsing and searching the G-POD dataset series is a new feature of G-POD 2.0, providing geographical and temporal queries to discover all data available in G-POD.
Service maps now support multiple layers of information,enhancing the geographical context at task definition.
Map Projections Support
Service maps can now be defined in several projections. This feature is particularly useful for services covering the Polar Regions.
Users can now save their own areas of interest and configuration files for specific tasks.
And more enanchements will come soon with version 2.1:
Users may follow their datasets query in the catalogue in order to trigger a processing when data is available or download results when processed.
NEST toolbox generic service where user-defined graphs can be processed on G-POD computing resources.
Catalogue is now open to general users to register their own results and share them with the EO community.
Users will be able to access a set of G-POD demonstrational services on limited dataset with just a simple registration.
Create your own scheduler
Users will be able to create their own automatic scheduled processing, to easily perform processing campaigns and/or create near-real time processes wich will deliver the output products directly to the user facilities.