The competitiveness of the European economy benefits from increased access to harmonised information and interoperable services related to items of community policy relevance. Innovation in a knowledge intensive society includes making this information available in an efficient way and storing it in a secure manner. The CID (Community Image Data portal) is an Action which was launched at start of the 7th Framework Program in the MARS Unit. It concerns the acquisition, access and storage of Satellite (and aerial) Remote Sensing data in the context of the JRC and the European Commission Services' needs.
Particular attention has been given to the development of an Image Portal: favouring respect of property rights, the sharing of images between Commission Services and other stakeholders, as well as providing some viewing services for European citizens. All services follow, amongst others, the INSPIRE notions and standards. Some 20 Actions within the JRC presently deal with and/or have repositories of satellite remote sensing data; these are the main customers of the CIDportal. However the client base expands towards other Institutions and bodies of the EU, towards Public Authorities, and towards Research Organisations, and other stakeholders.. In addition to development activities linked to the satellite data services through the portal, the Action manages the Common Agricultural Policy Controls with Remote Sensing image acquisition, and provides support to the coordination of the JRC input to the Copernicus (formerly GMES) initiative, including support for the identification of data needs and user requirements, the implementation of improved responses and new approaches associated with EU Policies, image data policy and the long-term access to space data.
CID is a result of the long term experience in image data management and in image data applications built up at the JRC. This experience serves to:
- Achieve ‘critical’ mass storage of all JRC Actions’ satellite image remote sensing data. This includes mainly Actions within the Thematic Areas of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, and of Security and Crisis Management. Moreover there is a planning for future archiving at JRC level.
- Enhance the value of the CID portal content to foster further potential user interest. Improve the architecture, functionality & services.
- Increase efficiency of the Common Agricultural Policy Controls with Remote Sensing image acquisition programme – streamline technical & administrative management.
- Enhance the value of CID services: validate & benchmark new sensors; improve implementation of pre-processing services of the portal.
- Improve links with the Copernicus bureau (DG ENTR), ESA & Eurostat in the fields of image data policy & data management.
The Image Acquisition activities
The Image Acquisition work package manages image acquisition as requested by the JRC or defined EC programmes (e.g. CAP Controls with Remote Sensing). This involves the efficient management of feasibility studies; planning, programming, acquisition and ordering through to delivery and invoicing. Also it involves performing geometric benchmarking of satellite sensors that become available for the EC programmes. The work package also manages the Framework Contracts for Supply of Satellite Remote Sensing Data products and associated services to European Institutions and Bodies of the EU. Such Framework Contracts have been signed with most commercial High Resolution and Very High Resolution Image Providers
Work package coordinator: Eugenio Gervasini (eugenio.gervasini(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu)
The Image Portal activities
This work package is in charge of the conception, population, maintenance and dissemination of the satellite remote sensing data archived in the CID Image Data Portal. The CID Portal consists of data access/dissemination functionality with adequate authentication and cataloguing systems which allow for selective, secure access to data in the Portal through Discovery, View, and Download services, which are INSPIRE compliant. These services are supported by an underlying IT infrastructure which includes image and image metadata storage in High Availability mode. The functionality and services are regularly enhanced with the aim to render a higher technical/scientific value of the content of the Portal. Data loading routines and data preparation routines help in the on-going storage of both source data and derived (raster/gridded) thematic data which is still held heterogeneously across the JRC.
Work package coordinator: Armin Burger (armin.burger(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu)
The overall objective of Copernicus (the European Earth Observation System) is to provide information services allowing European policy makers, the academia, companies, NGOs and private citizens to have access to precise environmental and security data and information, produced under European control and tailored to the needs of a wide range of users. Copernicus delivers services under the supervision of the EU, initially in the fields of land, marine and atmosphere monitoring and emergency and security management. The CID Action work package is giving support to the Copernicus Initiative by providing input to the Copernicus Bureau in the fields of data policy, data management. More specifically this concerns building a DataWareHouse suitable for the future GMES Initial Operations, checking architecture of the Copernicus Space Component Data Access system built by ESA, and making comparisons to data management between Copernicus and the JRC.
Work package coordinator: Pär Johan Åstrand (par-johan.astrand(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu)
More information can be found on http://cidportal.jrc.ec.europa.eu/home/
- DG JRC - Joint Research Centre
- DG AGRI - Agriculture and Rural Development
- DG ENTR - Enterprise and Industry
- DG CNECT - Communications Networks, Content and Technology
- Satellite Image providers
- European Environment Agency
- European Space Agency
- Governmental and independent R&D institutions
- Member states EU
Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Council Regulation No 73/2009
- Council Regulation No. 1698/2005 for the programming period 2007-2013.
- Council Directive 2007/2/EC
- Commission Regulation No. 268/2010
- Communication COM(2006)51
- Council Regulation No. 911/2010
Action Leader Pär Johan Åstrand - Tel.: +39-0332-786215