About DEA


Digital Earth Australia (DEA) is a platform designed to:

  • Catalogue large amounts of Earth Observation data

  • Provide a Python based API for high performance querying and data access

  • Give scientists and other users easy ability to perform Exploratory Data Analysis

  • Allow scalable continent scale processing of the stored data

  • Track the provenance of all the contained data to allow for quality control and updates


DEA will build on the globally recognised innovation, the Australian Geoscience Data Cube which was the winner of the 2016 Content Platform of the Year at the Geospatial World Leadership Awards and was developed as a partnership between Geoscience Australia (GA), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).


Digital Earth Australia is powered by Open Data Cube (ODC), an open-source library for the management, analysis, and processing of Geographic Information System (GIS) data – namely Earth Observation satellite data. It is a global initiative to increase the value and use of satellite data by providing users with access to free data management technologies and analysis platforms. At its core, ODC is a set of Python libraries and a PostgreSQL database that facilitate working with geospatial raster data.

The ODC source code can be found on GitHub <https://github.com/opendatacube/datacube-core>.