News, Thought Leadership

The Many Meanings of ‘Open’

Open Data, Open Source, and Open Standards
Over the past decade, much has been said about open data, open source software, and open standards. So much, in fact, that many people have begun to use the terms interchangeably. But open data, open source, and open standards are not synonymous and should not be conflated.

The confusion poses a challenge for many organizations, in particular, those which lack technological expertise but nevertheless work on global issues that seek out “open” digital solutions. In this article, we define the parameters of open data, open source, and open standards, and identify the key differences between them.

Editorials, News

The stage of maturity — Earth observation in a new era of space exploration

2019 First Quarter EO Market News Round-Up – Space commerce is enjoying a renaissance period mainly due to technological advances that have dramatically decreased cost and increased data and related services. A $17+ billion market (and growing), today’s space industry is on the verge of entering maturity — the stage of self-discovery, boldness, and adventure.

The maturing space industry is evident with players in both private and public sectors accelerating the recent advances in science and technology that makes operating in space more viable for commercial and research interests. This year thus far, the European Space Agency (ESA) tested its new 3D printed rocket thrust chamber to help design more efficient rocket engines.

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Satellite Journalism – The Big Picture

Journalist Mark Corcoran publishes a paper on the growth of satellite imagery in journalism. In the paper, he “examines media case studies, the two dominant US providers of commercial satellite imagery to media and raises questions on the applications and limitations of new satellite journalism. What is the potential of satellite newsgathering for journalists? How can journalists independently authenticate images provided by a third party? What are the censorship issues? What technical proficiency is required to interpret images? In an age when anyone with a credit card and internet access can already download archived satellite imagery, what are the security issues and responsibilities of journalists? And gazing into the not so distant future, what might satellite journalism look like 5 to 10 years from now?”

Download the paper below.

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Radiant Earth Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report — Good Wishes for 2019!

I am pleased to present Radiant Earth Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report, documenting our journey connecting the global development community to Earth imagery and tools, as well as supporting the advancement of a vibrant cohort of spatial data users worldwide.

2018 proved to be another exciting year for Radiant Earth Foundation, in particular with the launch of our open source satellite imagery platform. The platform marked a key milestone of our original commitment to provide license-free data and tools to people around the world.

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Kicking Off 2019, Strengthening Collaborations, Advancing Machine Learning

As a neutral entity, Radiant Earth Foundation enjoys the unique opportunity to work with diverse partners worldwide and recognizes the important role it plays in engaging and facilitating people, as well as organizations, to work together for the benefit of the development community.

That’s why in December we convened machine learning and remote sensing experts from around the world for an evening of networking and sharing of ideas in Washington. D.C., on the heels of the 2018 American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. Sponsored by Omidyar Network, the community-building event included more than 80 academic, government, business, and non-profit representatives.

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Imagery in Action: Real World Satellite and Drone Imagery Applications using the Radiant Earth Foundation Platform

Join Yonah Bromberg Gaber, Platform Developer Community Associate, and Anna Mae Green, Community Engagement Associate at Radiant Earth Foundation to learn how to use satellite imagery in the real world. This webinar, targeted at users without experience with remote sensing, will demonstrate how to find the right imagery for your needs that you can select from the available image library, as well as adding your own imagery. All users, new and novice, are welcome. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Non-Profit Radiant Earth Foundation Partners with ConsenSys to Make Geospatial Data More Accessible with Blockchain

Radiant Earth Foundation, a non-profit which aggregates open Earth imagery and geospatial data to equip global aid organizations with resources to meet the world’s most critical challenges, is partnering with leading blockchain software company ConsenSys to improve licensing processes for that data. With blockchain technology, information about our Earth can be more accessible to the organizations who need it most.