Analysis-Ready? Datacubes!

Datacubes are an accepted cornerstone for analysis-ready data - homogenization of zillions of scenes into a few space-time cubes with unified spatial and temporal access has been shown to lead to both simpler and more scalable services. However, the range of service quality is immense, from "write your own python code" to high-level, coding-free analytics. The Datacube Manifesto establishes basics and best practices on flexible, function-rich, open, and interoperable datacube services.

Huh? Datacubes? Standards??

Don't worry - coverage standards are not drama queens! Learn more about the OGC datacube standards which enable access, analytics, and fusion on this single, multi-Petabyte information space spanning the planet. See the EarthServer webinars for an easy-to-digest introduction to the datacube standards, from zero to hero. More practical tips can be found in the rasdaman cheatsheets and tutorials.

Try & Explore!

From 1-D through 4-D, from access over visualization to fusion - you name it! The EarthServer Datacube Sandbox, done by Jacobs University, illustrates the power of standards-based datacubes in a wide spectrum of client contexts: from simple map navigation with Leaflet over virtual globes to Web GIS and high-end analytics.

About EarthServer

Planetary-Scale Earth Datacube Federation

The EarthServer federation provides a uniform data space of spatio-temporal Earth data, integrating a massive number of large-scale data providers in a completely location transparent manner. The European Copernicus Sentinel archives plus many more data assets are readily available for mix & match.

All data provided by federation members are accessible on any node, with no difference for the user. The example below shows a query done between ECMWF, located in the UK, and the Australian National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).


EarthServer is an open community of large-scale Earth data providers, including research centers, supercomputing centers, companies, agencies. All EarthServer members contribute jointly to the single common information space for multi-dimensional spatio-temporal Earth data which EarthServer offers as a single point of Earth data and services.

Currently, the EarthServer Charter is being established for discussion and, upon agreement, adoption by the EarthServer community. Goal is to retain full autonomy of every participant while providing a fair, open, usable contribution valuable to the EarthServer users.

How it all emerged: watch the video !

Datacubes At Your Fingertips

The combined federation data asset is available in full through any of the members below, such as this one, operated by Jacobs University:

Enter the Federation

EarthServer Federation Members

in alphabetical order

by geographic location

Have Data to Share?

Join the Federation!

You have spatio-temporal Earth data to offer? Join us - the EarthServer federation is open and free! Once your datacube service is configured you just approach the federation board which will undertake all steps in a completely transparent process. Contact us anytime to find out more.

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