Improving the Interoperability and Usability of NASA Earth Observation Data

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 8:45 AM
Jeff Walter1, Stephen W Berrick2, Kevin J Murphy3, Andrew E Mitchell3 and Curt Tilmes4, (1)NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, ESDIS Project Office, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (4)NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States
NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System Project (ESDIS) is charged with managing, maintaining, and evolving NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) and is responsible for processing, archiving, and distributing NASA Earth Science data. The system supports a multitude of missions and serves diverse science research and other user communities. While NASA has made, and continues to make, great strides in the discoverability and accessibility of its earth observation data holdings, issues associated with data interoperability and usability still present significant challenges to realizing the full scientific and societal benefits of these data. This concern has been articulated by multiple government agencies, both U.S. and international, as well as other non-governmental organizations around the world. Among these is the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who, in response, has launched the Big Earth Data Initiative and the Climate Data Initiative to address these concerns for U.S. government agencies. This presentation will describe NASA’s approach for addressing data interoperability and usability issues with our earth observation data.