EO AFRICA stands for African Framework for Research, Innovation, Communities and Applications, building an African-European R&D partnership.
The main objective of this R&D element is to facilitate the adoption of Earth Observation (EO) and related space technology in Africa. Following an African user-driven approach with a long-term (>10 years) vision for the digital era in Africa, EO AFRICA Data Services – a.k.a. Dunia – facilitates the overall objective through open and free access to EO data services relevant to the African content.
- Leverage on cloud computing technology for a comprehensive EO data accessibility and exploitation in Africa, leapfrogging infrastructure bottlenecks;
- Support direct interpretation of the Copernicus data and lower the barrier to their straightforward usage, and develop solutions with low bandwidth consumption and interface suitable for hand-held mobile devices.
Dunia implements pre-operational services in the context of an open architecture fostering federation and interoperability of open data infrastructures. The Service is conceived as part of an ecosystem providing services to support R&D over Africa.
Dunia focuses on management of support services like:
- Application Hub;
- data environment;
- streamlined and efficient data transfer for Africa-focused Copernicus Sentinels Data and other complementary data.
Dunia supports the R&D community by providing an Application Hub supporting open source solutions for data services via protocols adapted to low bandwidth and fast data exploitation.
Learn more about this Invitation To Tender on the esa-star Publication page.