Radiant Earth Foundation Publishes White Paper on Data Policies in Agriculture

The white paper explores a data ethics framework to preemptively address farmers’ concerns in low- and middle-income countries. We released a white paper exploring a data ethics framework for farmers to achieve data ownership. It addresses the data ownership issue resulting from smart farming. In particular, the white paper examines how high-income countries currently address smart farming’s resulting data ownership issues and identifies ways to preemptively address relevant data ethics issues and policies for low- and middle-income countries.


Announcing Executive Leadership Transition

Washington, July 5 — Radiant Earth Foundation today announced a plan for an executive leadership transition later this year. Effective November 1, 2022, Hamed Alemohammad, Executive Director and Chief Data Scientist, will transition to an advisor and member of the Board of Directors at Radiant Earth Foundation. With this transition, the Board of Directors has opened a position to hire the new Executive Director for the organization.

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ii2030 Challenge: AI for Earth Observation

Identifying sustainable business models for open machine learning ready Earth observation repositories

When Gedeon Jean first realized the power of Earth observation (EO) data to detect environmental changes, he was mesmerized. As a Machine Learning Research Engineer, he saw the potential of combining machine learning (ML) and EO to develop diverse predictive applications for Rwanda, his native country. Rwanda is increasingly experiencing natural disasters due to climate change, including landslides, floods, and earthquakes, which take a socio-economic toll on an already vulnerable population.


Winning Solutions to Prediction Crop Types in Western Cape, South Africa from Data Challenge

In this webinar, the first-place winners of the Radiant Earth Spot the Crop data challenge on Zindi present their winning solutions to prediction crop types in Western Cape, South Africa. Raphael Kiminya from Kenya won the track that used satellite image time-series of Sentinel-2 multi-spectral data as input to his model. MG Ferreira from South Africa and Tien-Dung LE from Belgium teamed up to win the track that used Sentinel 2 and Sentinel-1 (radar) satellite data as input to their model. Mike Wallace from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Phillip Olbrich from GIZ will provide brief remarks, followed by a Q&A session. Watch the recording.


Nominations Open for the 2022 Radiant MLHub Impact Award

The call for nominations is open to any individual or team building agricultural-related applications for Africa. The Radiant MLHub Impact Award is a new annual prize organized by Radiant Earth Foundation. The award will recognize an individual or team contributing to real-world applications that address agriculture issues with geospatial training data found on Radiant MLHub. Launched in 2019, Radiant MLHub is an open library dedicated to Earth observation training data and machine learning models.

The Radiant MLHub Impact Award aims to raise awareness about geospatial data to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change, promote local solutions to local problems, and facilitate greater collaboration across organizations and individual practitioners.

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Geospatial Models Now Available in Radiant MLHub

The models include metadata based on the STAC ML Model Extension to enable easy sharing and retrieval. Radiant MLHub has been the source for high-quality open geospatial training data for use with machine learning (ML) algorithms since 2019. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of a model repository allowing Radiant MLHub users access to both geospatial training data and ML models. The geospatial models catalog includes metadata that describes training data associated with a model and its architecture for training a model to generate predictions.

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Available Now: Machine Learning for Earth Observation Online Course

We have the pleasure of introducing Radiant Earth Foundation’s first online course, Machine Learning for Earth Observations (ML4EO) Bootcamp. Available on Atingi, an open digital learning platform designed to improve training and employment opportunities, this self-paced course contains a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises for novice data science or remote sensing practitioners. Atingi is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Radiant Earth Foundation and RCMRD to Develop Joint Capacity Building Program focused on Machine Learning for Earth Observation in Africa

Radiant Earth and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) partnership aims to strengthen local geospatial and machine learning expertise for addressing global challenges in Africa.

Radiant Earth Foundation today announced a new partnership with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). This partnership will establish capacity building opportunities in geospatial analysis and machine learning (ML) for entities within RCMRD’s twenty Member States in Eastern and Southern Africa.


Radiant Earth Foundation Joins the Locus Charter

The Locus Charter promotes responsible practice in the use of location data across all sectors.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve joined the Locus Charter, together with the American Geographical Society (AGS), Association for Geographical Information (AGI), Environmental Information Systems Africa (EIS — Africa), the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI — Mexico), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), PLACE, Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Locus Charter is a collection of ten international principles to support the ethical and responsible practice of individuals and organizations when using location data.