Example Project: Environment Scan and User Needs Assessment for the Development of the GEODE
With the dramatic growth in satellite Earth observation (EO) data, new approaches to its management, processing, and distribution are emerging. To address this trend, the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation is proposing the development of the Geoanalytics Earth Observation Data Environment (GEODE), a centralized repository holding a valuable and long timeline of public domain satellite data. The GEODE is a complex undertaking requiring careful consideration and assessment of challenges, user needs and requirements, risks, and opportunities.
Hatfield led a team of experts in conducting an environment scan of existing EO data cube technologies and consultations to assess the needs and requirements of Canada’s EO community with regard to the development of the GEODE. The Needs Assessment and Environment Scan were conducted in partnership with ADGA – RHEA, Kim Geomatics Corporation, EO DVC Ltd., and Fiducial Points Consulting.
Internationally, several organizations have learned many lessons related to developing an EO data cube. Hatfield’s team of experts carried out a review of seven existing international EO data cube initiatives and related emerging technology trends in data, infrastructure, software/analytics, and services to support the development of the GEODE. In parallel, Hatfield executed a study to ensure the needs of the Canadian potential GEODE user community were studied and understood before decisions regarding the development of the GEODE are made.
Both studies will inform and justify future decisions through the alignment of the GEODE with users’ operational, tactical, and strategic objectives. The analysis, assessment and recommendations provided will assist the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation in developing the GEODE.
Natural Resources Canada is the Government of Canada’s ministry responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, earth sciences, mapping and remote sensing. As Canada’s lead organization in the field of geomatics and geosciences it provides key leadership in geomatics and open-source information via the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation and the Surveyor General Branch. The Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation is the Government of Canada’s centre of excellence for geomatics, mapping and earth observations. Financial support was provided by GeoConnections, a national collaborative initiative led by Natural Resources Canada. GeoConnections supports the integration and use of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), an on-line resource that improves the sharing, access and use of open geospatial information.