rasdaman Proves Success by Using Big Data from Space

The T-Systems Big Data Challenge winner 2014 elevated the profile of Science SQL and that of rasdaman itself. The evaluation of rasdaman’s idea by an expert jury endorsed its status as the leading service for integrating Earth observation data in terms of high flexibility and scalability. Now, the collaboration of rasdaman GmbH and T-Systems International GmbH focusses on big data, remote sensing, and other data service projects. This cooperation has enlarged the user portfolio of rasdaman GmbH on a huge scale.
Prof Dr Peter Baumann, Jacobs University and rasdaman GmbH, Germany comments the triumph of the Challenge: “The Copernicus Masters competition is very close to the market. As such, winning this Challenge not only makes it easier to establish relevant contacts, it boosts your industry credibility, as well.”

The Science SQL query language allows for users to ask any question at any time on multidimensional datacubes. These datacubes comprise 1D series of measurements, 2D satellite images, 3D image time series and even 4D climate data. This specification resulted from many years of experience gained while inventing and productising the next-generation big data engine: rasdaman. It was developed jointly by rasdaman GmbH and Jacobs University. Expressed in numbers, rasdaman was run on over one thousand cloud nodes and on satellite and climate databases exceeding hundreds of terabytes.

Copernicus Masters
Earth observation and the big data it produces hold huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. Myriad industries and areas of public interest stand to profit from the advances of the Copernicus programme. On behalf of ESA, AZO and its world-class partners launched the Copernicus Masters in 2011 as part of its mission to foster user uptake of Copernicus Services.

This international competition annually awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. Since its inception, the Copernicus Masters has evolved into a unique global initiative for Earth observation by bundling a wide variety of knowledge and expertise. The submission phase for the 2016 edition will run from 15 April to 18 July.


Lena Nietbaur was Marketing & Communications Manager till December 2019.

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