News

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.

Tech Innovation

SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) Community Advances and 0.6.1 Release

Though we’ve been quiet on public forums, the momentum on SpatioTemporal Asset Catalogs (STAC) continues to grow. I’m quite pleased by the latest advances, as it is almost all real-world implementation work that is driving improvements to the specification by grappling with large and diverse catalogs. The community has also been expanding to more types of data, which is quite exciting to see.

Thought Leadership

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.

News, Thought Leadership

Commercial Entrants are Driving Innovation in Earth Observation — and That is All Good!

In the last installment of this blog series on the value of Earth observation (EO) data, we focused on government supplied satellite data and its use in progressing global development solutions. Government EO data are predominately characterized by high to low spatial resolution, a consistent revisit rate, constant imaging that allows for routine monitoring, and, a deep archive of data to be built up and relied upon (United Nations, 2017, p. 42 and Green et al., 2017, p. 51). In the case of the Landsat and Sentinel programs, the data are open and free to use and hosted on multiple sites globally. These satellites tend to be large, very expensive to build and launch, and can take a decade to go from design to launch and then to operations.

News

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.

News

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.

Testimonials & Use Cases

Improving your Company’s Workflow with Radiant Earth Foundation

H2O Geomatics is a Canadian Earth observation company that has been around since 2014. The organization has worked on a variety of remote sensing contracts for both the European and Canadian Space Agencies and has also expanded into the commercial sector. A large part of their portfolio includes creating Earth observation products to support the agriculture, energy, and insurance industries. In their article, they discuss how Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform has helped make a positive impact on their work.

Community Voices

Beth Roberts: Supporting Equitable Land Tenure Interventions with Geospatial Technology

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Ms. Beth Roberts, an Attorney and Land Tenure and Gender Specialist with Landesa’s Center for Women’s Land Rights. Equipped with a Juris Doctor (JD) and an LL.M in Sustainable International Development Law, Ms. Roberts works to strengthen gender-equal land rights globally.

Founded in 1967, Landesa is an established global land rights organization that provides assistance directly to governments worldwide to promote gender-equitable rights to land through policy and legal advocacy, reform, and implementation. Landesa also engages in ground-level research and project implementation, and works in collaboration with civil society, corporations, global institutions, and initiatives.

News

Scaling Up Geospatial Projects: Using the Radiant Earth Foundation API for Advanced Imagery Analysis

On October 25, 2018, at 11 am EST, join Radiant Earth Foundation’s Lead Geospatial Data Scientist Dr. Hamed Alemohammad and Geospatial Software Engineer Alando Ballantyne as they demonstrate the platform’s advanced analytical methods and tools. Topics to be covered include an overview of our API (python and non-raster APIs available via doc.radiant.earth), API endpoints and how to use them, How to extract/ export, Annotations, and Machine Learning, and more. A Q&A session will be held about the API capabilities.