Minimize Revised ESA Earth Observation Data Policy

ESA has defined a new Earth Observation Data Policy which was approved by the ESA Earth Observation Programme Board in May 2010.  The new data policy applies to the ESA missions, i.e. to ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, GOCE, SMOS, CryoSat and future Earth Explorer missions. It is derived from the Principles of Sentinel Data Policy. 

The revised ESA EO data policy defines two groups of datasets: the free dataset and the restrained dataset. Data from both types of datasets are provided free of charge. A user registration is needed for accessing the free dataset. For the restrained dataset, users shall provide a project proposal for allowing ESA to define an archived product/programming quota for the project. 

The revised ESA EO data policy is applied retroactively: existing ESA projects (i.e. former "Category 1 use" projects) will not be charged for the programming and production fees from 1st January 2010.
Several activities have started for adapting the data access systems gradually to the revised ESA EO data policy. ESA will pursue its effort for enlarging the quantity of data available within the free dataset.
The table below summarizes the application mechanisms associated to the revised EO Data Policy:

 

 

Application mechanisms to ESA EO data

 

Earth Explorer
missions

Envisat / ERS missions

Atmospheric Chemistry / Altimetry / Scatterometer
MERIS / (A)ATSR

Envisat / ERS missions

SAR and ASAR

Free
dataset

Open and free of charge access to on-line datasets

User registration

(science or
operational use)

User registration

(science or
operational use)

User registration

(science or
operational use)

Restrained dataset

Free of charge access to specific datasets not available on-line

Products quota defined
after submission
of a project proposal

Products quota defined
after submission
of a project proposal

Products and programming quota defined
after submission
of a project proposal

Restrained dataset
(high priority)

Only for SAR data and users requesting high priority services

 

 

Through ESA
for GMES Services


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