The NextGEOSS project has been selected by the European Commission to provide the European hub for EO data distribution. NextGEOSS (Next Generation GEOSS for Business & Innovation) will be the European contribution to the global system being put in place by GEO, providing access to a large number of data sources, including the Sentinel satellites, Copernicus core services and others. It will implement a federated data hub for access and exploitation of Earth Observation data, including tools for data-mining, discovery and exploitation. The NextGEOSS concept revolves around providing the data and resources to the users communities, together with Cloud resources, seamlessly connected to provide an integrated ecosystem for supporting applications.
The NextGEOSS consortium is composed of 27 institutions in total, including leading European companies and institutions, active in many GEO-related activities and many other European, ESA and international projects. The consortium covers 13 European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Project Coordinator is Deimos Engenharia and includes the participation of the German Space Agency (DLR), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC), among others.
Running from the end of 2016 until mid-2020, NextGEOSS will provide a streamlined, European hub for Earth Observation data discovery and retrieval, catering for European institutions as well as private sector needs in terms of Earth Observation data, ICT and services. It will engage global communities of data providers and GEOSS users, promoting pilot activities towards innovative GEOSS powered applications using GEOSS.