Data Access Interface for Innovation on Earth-observation Data
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European Union (EU) adopted an open data policy for the Sentinel constellation of the Copernicus program in 2013. The Copernicus program is now about to transition into its operational phase, which means that it is from now on that data will become available. Among the challenges with utilizing satellite data - facilitating data access is one of the easiest to overcome, but which also gives a high return. This report evaluates seven satellite imagery services and their user and programming interfaces. It also compiles and extracts user requirements from a national user survey among potential Norwegian Copernicus users. Finally, the report ends with a proposition to the development of the Norwegian National Ground Segment. What features it should include, what aspects are important with regards to its interfaces, and how development resources should be prioritized.