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DAME Project


The project DAME ended in the summer of '18, reaching all of the aimed goals:

  • the development of the prototype of a software system for the exploitation of Earth Observation data;
  • 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;
  • the execution of a proof-of-concept demonstration of its operational concept through a selection of use cases, aimed at highlighting the benefits that the establishment of such a system can bring to different user communities.

The technical requirements were defined with the purpose to support the ASI and ESA vision on the impact and benefits that the new IT technologies can bring to the Earth Observation world and in particular to the ground segment architectures and their evolution as big data management infrastructure, in accordance with the paradigm move the user to the data, not the data to the users.


The project, as result, established a progress both in the technological domain and in the user perspective, increasing, on the one hand, the level of functionality, performance and interoperability of the software components already available and extending their data domain bringing new satellite missions into the exploitation facility, and fostering, on the other hand, a new service model that stimulates end users to access to a cooperative environment where they can easily share expertise and experiences, working on the same data with the same tools, improving processes and products.

The strategy for the project implementation, in fact, has have been defined in order to provide a satisfactory solution for the 5 technical objectives indicated by the tender:
Data Hub Service Open Source software evolution Being Serco the leading developer of the DHuS software and consequently the company that better dominates the related solution, the inclusion of Serco as partner of the Consortium ensured the evolution of the DHuS software to achieve the best level of integration with the other software components proposed. In terms of data management capabilities, the software have been extended with a set of plugins for the handling of data related to the missions of interest for the scenario defined (COSMO-SkyMed; Pleiades; Landsat 8) and the Value Added Products generated through the DAME processing facilities.
Benchmark of data intensive technologies for archive organization, distribution, access Serco found the DHuS best configuration in order to achieve the best performances possible in the target environment in terms of archive organization, data access and distribution.
Technology development and adoption of the necessary standards Technology development has been ensured by the inclusion, in the DAME architectures, of software components built on the code of two important projects that Planetek is leading: the European INSPIRE Geoportal and Fast4Map. The INSPIRE Geoportal provides the GUI components enabling to overcome the lack of analysis and visualization tools of Fast4Map and DHuS. The overall interoperability of DAME received great benefit from the experience that Planetek has matured with the INSPIRE specifications, built on the top of OGC standards. An interoperability exercise has been implemented, developing an interconnection with the C-TEP infrastructure. Fast4Map has been established as additional processing facility beside C-TEP, and the presence of two different processing platform in the DAME architecture enables the extension of the benchmark activity to the processing technology.
Procedure and tools for incorporation of new algorithms and products Part of the DAME architecture is a portal that includes a store with applications available for testing through the use of Docker technologiy.
Innovative procedures for user interaction and user services A Collaborative Working Environment is available, to facilitate the interactions among users and between users and the DAME operational team.

The DAME architecture is shown in the figure below.

DAME architecture
DAME architecture


Milestones achieved

Milestone Date Description
KO 08/07/2016 Kick Off
SRR 11/11/2016 System Requirements Review
PDR 05/07/2017 Preliminary Design Review - Mid-Term Review
CDR 20/12/2017 Critical Design Review
AR 26/03/2018 Acceptance Review
FP 18/07/2018 Final Presentation

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Contributors to this page:
Roberto.Cuccu .

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