Data Science Academic Seminar

7 Jun 2016

Speaker: James Frew, University of California, Santa Barbara

Title: EarthDB: Building a "Digital Earth" for Science

Date: Tuesday 7 June 2016
Time: 11:00-12:00
Location: Room 4.31/4.33, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

EarthDB is a prototype for a SciDB database of primary Earth observation data. Primary data is original sensor outputs or human observations, not subject to any reformatting, re-projection, aggregation, or other transformations beyond those required to digitize and ingest them. EarthDB should allow common Earth science analytical operations (e.g., coordinate transformations, aggregation, spatial algebra, etc.) or data fusion (e.g., joins across multiple heterogeneous data types and representations) to be expressed as database queries against original observations, providing heretofore unavailable flexibility and traceability. This talk describes progress towards and challenges to achieving this goal .