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Editorial Autumn 2016

The market for EO data and services is changing rapidly. New satellites are launched seemingly each week, new sources of data become available and new processing technologies are making it ever easier to access this growing mountain of data. In response, services are moving from being a project based market to being on-line and available on subscription; Information as a Service is the term being used.
EARSC is planning to put in place some new mechanisms which should help the industry adjust to this new market.
Supported by ESA, EARSC is studying the possible conditions for establishing a Marketplace Alliance for EO Services (MAEOS).

The study started in June and should be completed in early 2017. Two documents have been published; a strawman architecture a stakeholder analysis (link). The latter follows an extensive consultation to which we received 140 responses to the on-line questionnaire with 107 of the responses being complete and independent.

The results show strong support for setting up a closer co-operation and helped enormously to clarify the complex landscape in which we are working. As a result, we are committed to setting up the MAEOS – to be studied further but most likely as a new grouping under EARSC – and also an EOMall. The latter will provide companies with a new way to do business in on-line services.

MAEOS will promote the capability and support market analysis as well as building on EARSC activities to establish links with other communities. Companies joining the EOMall will gather additional benefits as well as the big advantage of working in closer co-operation with other suppliers.

The outcome was presented to the EARSC board on 4th October which endorsed the results and confirmed that the industry should move immediately towards establishing the Marketplace Alliance as well as the EOMall – which could be a completely separate legal entity to EARSC. The result is that every company will be able to join the close collaboration in the EOMall, work in a lighter co-operation under MAEOS or stay outside both and operate independently.

The MAEOS study will be completed early next year with a meeting in January to present the options to companies in order that they can start to take decisions on the level of co-operation each one wishes to engage in. In the meantime, the interim results, including those from the stakeholder consultation analysis, will be presented on 25th October in Frascati. For more information please go here

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