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The Open Earth Alliance team leans on its successful relationships with global organizations, universities, government space agencies, and big tech. The OEA team has significant experience working together on the Open Data Cube initiative ( OEA consists of a team of highly talented and motivated scientists, engineers, computer scientists, with heavy international experience. The team has significant experience with the deployment of open data cube solutions around the world:

  • 10+ countries have operational data cubes

  • 15+ countries are developing (or planning to develop) data cubes,

  • 30+ countries have expressed interest,

  • The African Regional Data Cube expanded the ODC to 5 African countries. Digital Earth Africa (led by GA) will significantly expand ODC deployment

  • Other regional deployments of the ODC are in incubation (e.g., Digital Earth Latin America)

  • The Open Data Cube has been deployed in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals

Through these successful deployments, strong relationships have been built with global organizations including: CEOS, GEO, UN, and the UN Foundation. Additionally, partnerships have been formed with big tech including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, providing both computing infrastructure and technical guidance.

Vision & Mission: Support global sustainability (SDGs) and understanding through the use of open solutions. 

  1. Impact society through the use of Open Source EO technology, algorithms, and data:

    • Facilitate understanding of global climate change, help inform/improve policy & decisions, and support UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    • Support users solving problems at various scales (global, continental, regional, country, state, city) in a technology agnostic manner. Provide integrated end-to-end solutions.

    • Align with leading global organizations (e.g., GEO, UNF to provide real technology solutions). 

  2. We believe ODC is a leading technology, and as such, we hope to help sustain the ODC and its users - Sustain the Open Data Cube project as a leading data cube solution and foster a thriving and dynamic community that utilizes best-in-breed architecture & technology. 

  3. Promote Leadership & Partnership - Support open data and standards. Support open software and open analysis. Provide reusable solutions (e.g., a framework of solutions to address SDGs). Partner with organizations with a similar vision and mission.

  4. Grow Industry - Be part of the solution creating jobs and new industries around open geospatial data and technology

  5. Grand Challenge  - Our vision is to create an Open Digital Earth Platform. As a first step, we seek to facilitate a globally “linked” set of data cubes and work toward a SDG Knowledge Hub.

We are highly collaborative in nature and continually seek partnership and community. The Open Earth Alliance is honored to be advised by leading members of the international space community.

 Executive Director: Sanjay Gowda, PhD, Analytical Mechanics Associates


As a GEO community activity, the Open Earth Alliance (OEA) will support global sustainability (and understanding) through the use of open technology solutions: open geospatial data infrastructures, open earth observation data, and open algorithms and analytics. The Open Earth Alliance seeks to close the gap that exists between open Earth Observation (EO) data and the end-user.


In recent years, the explosion of freely available EO Satellite data has presented significant opportunities and challenges for society, researchers, and industry. The opportunity to leverage free and open satellite data for public good is balanced by the technical challenge of properly storing, processing, and analyzing this invaluable big data.

While there has been some emphasis placed on the management of data, less emphasis has been placed on the end-user. An opportunity exists to add value to the entire decision-making value chain from data to user experience. The Open Earth Alliance is focused on providing technology solutions with the end-user in mind. 


To achieve its goals, the Open Earth Alliance will focus on the following three key activities:

  1. Development and deployment of Data Cube solutions

  2. Creation of an Algorithm Hub providing a centralized repository of algorithms and software codes

  3. Creation of Analysis Hub supporting user collaboration and shared analysis


In addition, the OEA will also support the following activities:

  • Development of the Open Data Cube open source software project

  • Development and delivery of capacity building and training for the Open Data Cube initiative.

  • Creation of a Knowledge Hub supporting knowledge sharing of EO data applied to sustainable development problems.

  • Creation of a Storytelling Hub allowing users to immerse themselves in EO data, information, and knowledge with the goal of providing better understanding and communication.

  • Though the OEA is technologic agnostic, OEA will leverage the Open Data Cube (ODC) as a core technology.


Significant deployments in Africa, Australia, South America, Asia, and Europe have grown the ODC user base. Momentum has been built, and it is critical that the Open Earth Alliance helps facilitate the sustainability of the ODC. Open Earth Alliance activities will be conducted on a global scale with prototype and development projects being focused at the country and regional scale. These prototype projects are seen as a stepping stone towards achieving the long-term vision of an Open Digital Earth platform for the world. The Open Earth alliance is also passionate about using this platform to promote 3-G diversity (Geography, Generation, and Gender) through its associates and partners.



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