Philosophy and Architecture of the EOS Data and Information System

  • Martha Maiden
Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 11)


In 2009, NASA’s EOS Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is the world’s largest distributed data and information system infrastructure principally supporting science, a coupled, complex network of production capabilities and data systems. Data and information are easily available through the World Wide Web from searchable, on-line data stores with sophisticated metadata schema, data dictionaries, and comprehensive scientific and technical documentation of its holdings. NASA is moving towards adoption of a service-oriented approach deploying Web services, which enable users to make connections between distributed and heterogeneous elements of environmental data and services internal to and external from EOSDIS as needed. Pertinent Web services are accessible via EOSDIS. Examples of data services include subsetting, data reformatting, and search services such as a thesaurus. The principal subject matter of this book, the MODIS and ASTER instruments, and their derived data, products and applications owe their existence and success to EOSDIS.


Earth Science Data Policy Earth Science System Earth Science Data Earth Observe System 
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  1. NASA (1987) From pattern to process: the strategy of the Earth Observing System (EOS Science Steering Committee report, vol II). NASA PublicationGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth Science Data Systems, Science Mission DirectorateNASA HeadquartersWashingtonUSA

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