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Exploitation Platforms fully leverage on advances in information technology to allow a step-change in scientific research and value-adding. The community can exploit huge data volumes like the Sentinel missions in a “bring the user to the data” approach, i.e. without needing any infrastructure of their own. The result will be a fully democratized access to downstream benefits, with any stakeholder being able to explore innovative ideas with a fraction of time and investment that would be necessary without a platform-based approach. ESA programmatic activities are implementing 3 mainstream lines:


-> network of resources

publishes all available operational resources, for which ESA is sponsoring free at point of use access for science and the “long tail of science” up to pre-commercial demonstration. This includes lower-level services just combining data and processing resources in the Data Infrastructure offering or higher-level data analytics or other support functions available as Platform Services.

Platform Services offers also thematically specialised environments (Thematic Exploitation Platforms – TEPs) to specifically support ideas on the following topics: Urban, Polar, Forestry, Hydrology, Geohazard, Coastal and Food Security. TEPs can help you to test your idea out together with the community, support you in the best use of platform and data infrastructure services and pave the way to operationally exploit it.

Resources are harmonised as much as possibe for their technical interfaces and administrative process and conditions. Any scientist/value adder can apply for free use via the Open Science for EO opportunity.


-> evolving capabilities

address innovative ideas on new or existing data analytics platforms and shall make sure that any gaps in the available resources are closed. Your needs and specific use cases are an important input for us to make this network an effective tool for all of you. Just contact us.


-> common architecture 

activities define a reference architecture addressing standards and interoperability. More complex cases may need to link different data infrastruture and platform services together to achieve their goal. Common architecture activities will ensure that this can be done as easily as possible and that interfaces to services are standardized. ESA is driving this effort in the OGC community together with its industrial partners. As soon as the relevant frame contract is set up, extensive documentation will be available on the results of this activity.