Day 1 - Wednesday 5th June

Day 2 - Thursday 6th June
Day 3 - Friday 7th June

 08:00 - 09:00 On-site registration
09:00 - 11:00 Opening

 09:00 - 11:00 Session 2A
(Big) Best Practices
6 presentations with Q&A
 09:00-11:00 Session 4
Some Views in Prospect
7 presentations with Q&A

 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break + Posters
 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

 11:30 - 13:30 Session 1A
Examples of application scenarios
6 presentations with Q&A

 11:30 - 13:30 Session 2B
(Big) Best Practices
6 presentations with Q&A
 11:20 - 11:45 Summary of main points
Close-out of the event

 13:30 - 14:30 Lunck break

 13:30 - 14:30 Lunck break
 13:00 The end

 14:30 - 16:30 Session 1B
Examples of application scenarios
6 presentations with Q&A

 14:30 - 16:30 Session 3A
Examples of infrastructure tools
6 presentations with Q&A

 16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

 16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

 17:00 - 18:30 Session 1C
Example of application scenarios
5 presentations with Q&A

17:00 - 19:30 Session 3B
Examples of infrastructure tools
6 presentations with Q&A


This event intends to cover diverse aspects of handling large-scale data and complex analysis of Earth observations, including:

  •  Typical order of data volumes involved (Tera to Exa scale) and their trends, primarily with respect to the utilisation of streaming of data from presently available and upcoming satellite capabilities, and from ubiquitous ground devices.
  • Challenges of data access, including timeliness, needs and policies for their dissemination, data capture, storage, search, sharing (including use of interoperability standards), transfer capacity, mining and analysis (including identification of representative samples), fusion, systematic and peak processing, and visualisation.
  • The cost and weighting factors against identified challenges and in support of continuous evolution of techniques and technologies, in short and long-term.

Presentations are invited in any of these subject areas.

Such aspects shall be analysed with reference to specific domains, e.g. climatology, meteorology, oceanography, maritime monitoring, land cover/use monitoring, geology, support to situational awareness, geo-based statistics and economy, among others.

Today’s commonly accepted “big data” brand - volume, variety (combining manifold data types), velocity (managing to “drink from the fire hose”), and veracity (data trustworthiness) - may be of further guide.

 All presentations should be releasable to the public.

 The event is organised around:

  • Abstracts, posters and demonstrations, selected by the programme committee
  • Round table discussions, with questions prepared by the programme committee
  • Proceedings of the event

The programme will be structured in sessions. Each session will have time for discussion of the issues arising. The main points captured will be presented in the event closing session. The issues we intend to cover within discussion time include:

  • State of the art experience and lessons learned: how could the organisation and provision of large-scale Earth data improve to best support known and unforeseen trends of their use? how is data protection impacted when scaling to large and heterogeneous data sets? which are the fields that will increasingly rely on (fusion of) large-scale heterogeneous Earth observations? how close are big Earth data services to the Internet of Things? what could be the major innovation fields?
  • Processes and skills to allow experts deriving meaningful insight from big Earth data analytics: what instruments presently lack to allow effectively capturing and understanding the value of heterogeneous large-scale Earth data sets?
  • Concerted solutions: could all the different interests involved be addressed consistently? would  individualised solutions to prefer? how could traditional Earth data centers solutions best support the sustainability and take-up of big Earth data services? would isolated silos of data and islands of functionality fit a big Earth data service model?

Organising Committee:

P. Bargellini, S. Cheli, Y.-L. Desnos, B. Greco, V. Guidetti, P.G. Marchetti - ESA-ESRIN
C. Comparetto - Congrex - ESA Conference Bureau
S. Nativi - National Research Council of Italy
G. Sawyer - European Association of Remote Sensing Companies



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