Invitation to Tender: “Building trust in digital economy”

Cloud computing is currently the central element of ESA’s Earth Observation (EO) innovation concept which aims at the increased integration and accessibility of EO data for a much broader use for scientific, social and economic purposes.

Rapid ICT developments are enabling a step-change in generation of EO-based information services. Going forward, in order to take full benefit of this production environment and stimulate the continued growth in uptake of the Platforms, it is vital to ensure that there is no impediment to the upscaling of businesses grown in these platform-based IT ecosystems.

“Building Trust in Digital Economy” ITT is aimed at resolving the outstanding challenges related to the IPR protection in the cloud-based EO data exploitation architectures.

The users of these infrastructures need to be confident that their customized algorithms, and derived EO products and services can be adequately protected (i.e. from copytheft, or reverse engineering), while providing “fair use” conditions for their analytics software and processing chains.

There is a growing list of innovative options that need to be explored from legal protection measures, to traditional access control software & management systems to innovative solution to applications that take advantage of blockchain-enabled data structures to protect copyrighted content.

The expected outcome of the project is to provide analysis in terms of what EO service providers and cloud providers can expect in this area today, and in the future, in order to ensure predictability and transparency of IPR protection frameworks in the online platform environment.

Learn more about this Invitation To Tender on the EMITS page.