Radiant Earth Foundation, a nonprofit empowering organizations with open geospatial training data, models, and metadata standards, has been supporting the ramp project’s labeling efforts for building rooftops. Producing building footprint data is a methodical task that requires polygons to be labeled over satellite and drone imagery, usually by hand on a computer, to provide context or confirm the details of each polygon. The labels paired with the imagery become the training data inputs for a building footprint extraction model. In this blog post, we discuss the labeling process, answering a fundamental question: How can we ensure generating high-quality labels working with remote teams?
In April over 70 speakers and 800 participants came together for the incredible Cloud-Native Geospatial Outreach Event. Our goal for the event was to highlight just how far the movement around COG, STAC, Zarr & COPC has come, and to accelerate its path towards becoming the way to make geospatial information accessible to the world. Almost everyone who attended was blown away by the breadth and depth of what was covered, and it was clear that cloud-native geospatial is already having a substantive impact on the world.
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.
A conversation with the First Place winning team’s lead of the AI4FoodSecurity Data Challenge.
Hosted on ESA’s AI4EO platform, the AI4FoodSecurity data challenge brought together participants worldwide to find the best machine learning/AI solutions for crop identification using Planet Fusion data and Sentinel-1 and -2 data. The challenge covered two areas of interest, Germany and South Africa, with high-quality cadastral data on field boundaries and crop types as ground truth input. It was organized by Planet, TUM/DLR, and Radiant Earth from 4 October to 19 December 2021. 188 competed for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes that included internships, subscriptions to various platforms, and scholarships. In this Q&A, we sat down with Christian Ayala Lauroba from Spain, the leader of the team that won first place in both the …
How Radiant MLHub strengthens the data collection to analytics pipeline for agriculture projects.
Radiant Earth Foundation is strengthening geospatial machine learning (ML) workflows for organizations working on agriculture projects by streamlining the process, from ground reference data collection to insight analytics, through Radiant MLHub.
Radiant MLHub is an open-access library dedicated to geospatial training data and ML models. Since its inception in 2019, Radiant has focused on developing and aggregating geo-diverse benchmark data that practitioners can use to create applications and enable data-driven policies that impact lives worldwide. The datasets vary from…
Accelerating climate change applications with machine learning models and remote sensing data.
Meet Victor Faraggi, our Community Voice for the second quarter of 2022. Victor is a Computer Science Engineering graduate from the University of Chile. There, he’s been part of the Teaching Staff of multiple courses, such as Algorithm Design and Analysis, Introduction to Data Mining, and Machine Learning. Currently, Victor is working towards his M.Sc. at the intersection of Graph Representation Learning and scientific discovery. The nature of his work sparks due to his interest in contributing his grain of salt to problems that can help tackle climate change.
I am very pleased to announce the schedule for the Cloud-Native Geospatial Outreach Event that I’m organizing with the Open Geospatial Consortium next week (April 19th and 20th). We’ll have over 70 5-minute lightning talks, along with 6 in-depth tutorials, from an incredible set of speakers. The event will be entirely virtual and completely free and is spread across time zones to be friendly to a global audience. The talks will also be posted as quickly as possible, so everyone can see the ones that aren’t in the right time zone.
I’m pleased to announce that we have just opened registration for the Cloud-Native Geospatial Outreach Event we’re putting on with the OGC on April 19th and 20th. You can read more background in my previous post and in the recap from the first event. The core idea is to highlight an exciting new trend in geospatial, welcoming new users to learn about some incredible communities. From the sign-up page:
Announcing three open requests for proposals for SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) projects.
In my previous post, I shared that we’ll be funding a number of different STAC initiatives. One of our goals with the STAC ecosystem funding is to grow the number of contributors working on STAC. To that end, we have three completely open requests for proposals that are designed to help fund developers to have some paid time on a few key projects. We encourage everyone to apply and are especially interested in proposals from traditionally underrepresented groups.
In September of 2020, we organized the first ‘Cloud-Native Geospatial Outreach Day’, which shared all that was going on with Cloud-Optimized GeoTIFFs (COG) & SpatioTemporal Asset Catalogs (STAC) with a wider audience. Though I am clearly biased, it was my favorite event of the last three years, as it really showed how far these new emerging specs have come and it brought many new collaborators into the community.