Professor Wallom keynote at EO Open Science meeting

Professor Wallom keynote at EO Open Science meeting

The 2nd consultation meeting of EO Open Science, organised by The European Space Agency (ESA), took place in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) from 12–14 September 2016, to explore new challenges and opportunities for Earth Observation research created by the rapid advances in Information and Communications Technologies. This includes open tools and software, data-intensive science, virtual research environment, citizen science and crowdsourcing, advanced visualization, e-learning and education of the new generation of EO and Data scientists.

The conference presents precursor activities in EO Open Science and Innovation and develop a Roadmap preparing for future ESA scientific exploitation activities. 


Professor Wallom's keynote on 13 September, under the Citizen Science theme, explored 'Supporting Research through "Desktop as a Service" models of e-infrastructure'.

The rise in cloud computing as an e-infrastructure model is one that has the power to democratise access to computational and data resources throughout research. We have seen the difference that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has made for different communities and are now only beginning to understand what different models further up the service stack can make. It is also becoming clear that, with the increase in research data volumes, the number of sources and the possibility of utilising data from different regulatory regimes, a different model of how analysis is performed on the data is becoming increasingly required.

Utilising a "Desktop as a Service" model, with community focused applications installed on a common well-understood virtual system image, directly connected to community-relevant data, changes the model of usage of services. The final goal is that researchers no longer have to consider moving data, only the final analysed results. This massively simplifies both the user model and resource provider model. We will consider the specific example of the Environmental Economics Synthesis Cloud and how it could easily be generalised to other areas, finishing with a call to action to create an EO/Environmental equivalent of the successful platform created for the Bioinformatics community, BioLinux.

See tweets about the conference @EO_OPEN_SCIENCE