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Emerging technology becomes an opportunity for EOS
Author(s): Giulietta S. Fargion; Robert Harberts; Jeffrey G. Masek
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Paper Abstract

During the last decade, we have seen an explosive growth in our ability to collect and generate data. When implemented, NASA's Earth observing system data information system (EOSDIS) will receive about 50 gigabytes of remotely sensed image data per hour. This will generate an urgent need for new techniques and tools that can automatically and intelligently assist in transforming this abundance of data into useful knowledge. Some emerging technologies that address these challenges include data mining and knowledge discovery in databases (KDD). The most basic data mining application is a content-based search (examples include finding images of particular meteorological phenomena or identifying data that have been previously mined or interpreted). In order that these technologies be effectively exploited for EOSDIS development, a better understanding of data mining and the requirements for using this technology is necessary. The authors are currently undertaking a project exploring the requirements and options of content-based search and data mining for use on EOSDIS. The scope of the project is to develop a prototype with which to investigate user interface concepts, requirements, and designs relevant for EOSDIS core system (ECS) subsystem utilizing these techniques. The goal is to identify a generic handling of these functions. This prototype will help identify opportunities which the earth science community and EOSDIS can use to meet the challenges of collecting, searching, retrieving, and interacting with abundant data resources in highly productive ways.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2820, Earth Observing System, (11 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258111
Show Author Affiliations
Giulietta S. Fargion, Engineering and Science Services, Inc. (United States)
Robert Harberts, Hughes STX (United States)
Jeffrey G. Masek, Hughes Information Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2820:
Earth Observing System
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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