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Big Earth Data at your fingertips - this is the vision of EarthServer, an intercontinental initiative for unleashing the potential of Big Data through a disruptive paradigm shift in technology:

  • from isolated silos of data with disparate functionality towards a single, uniform information space;
  • from a difficult, artificial differentiation between data and metadata access to unified retrieval;
  • from zillions of files towards few whatever-size datacubes;
  • from limited functionality to the freedom of asking anything, anytime, any server in a peer network of data centers worldwide.

EarthServer-2 kickoff meeting on May 22, 2015 in Munich

In phase 1, EarthServer has established open ad-hoc analytics on massive Earth Science data, based on and extending leading-edge Array Database technology, rasdaman. According to EU Commission and phase 1 reviewers, rasdaman will "significantly transform the way that scientists in different areas of Earth Science will be able to access and use data in a way that hitherto was not possible". Six Lighthouse Applications with over 200 TB have demonstrated this. Additionally, EarthServer-1 "with no doubt has been shaping the Big Earth Data landscape through the standardization activities within OGC, ISO and beyond".

Now phase 2 of EarthServer is starting. With an even more ambitious goal: each data center will provide at least 1 Petabyte of 3-D and 4-D datacubes. Technology advance will allow real-time scaling of such Petabyte cubes, and intercontinental fusion. This power of data handling will be wrapped into direct visual interaction based on multi-dimensional visualization techniques, in particular: NASA WorldWind. Following the motto "a cube says more than a million images" EarthServer-2 has set out to redefine the Big Data service landscape even more.

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Project Brief Title: EarthServer-2
Run time: May 2015 - Apr 2018
EU Funding: 2.84 mEUR
Funded by: EU e-Infrastructure
Project Number: 654367