ESA’s Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP)
EDAP Best Practice Guidelines
The EDAP project has defined a set of ‘best practice' guidelines that define a framework for the quality assessments it performs, aligned with the principles of QA4EO. These guidelines are intended to provide a description of the high-level principles and activities that are required in quality assessments for all types of Earth Observation missions, since these are largely common between different domains.
At the top level these guidelines have been drafted to reflect a near "ideal" scenario, which is hoped serve as an aspiration to new space providers as well as space agencies. It is understood that many of the missions the project will assess will only partly comply with these requirements (to different degrees). This is acknowledged in the assessment grading system which is intended to primarily test whether aspects of a given mission are "fit for purpose" within the context of the mission's stated performance and application.
These sections are themselves divided into sub-sections, which constitute each of the different aspects of the data product that should be assessed and graded, either as Basic, Intermediate, Good or Excellent.
The Best Practice Guidelines with detailed focus on Optical Missions and a template for the Mission Quality Assessment Report may be downloaded below: