Published on July 11, 2018

GLAC 2018 - Keynote 6: Democratizing Space Data

Global Space Applications Conference - GLAC 2018
21 - 23 May 2018
Keynote 6: Democratizing Space Data

The keynote focused on the historical milestones that have lead to wider availability of space data, with particular focus on satellite Earth observation data, and highlights from other areas where access to data is seen as particularly important – government and research data generally. Alongside various activities and initiatives undertaken by space actors and beyond, it presents an overview of regulatory steps that were and are being made by the international community and individual countries to provide a legal basis for free and unrestricted access to and use of space data. It provides an insight as to the meaning and interpretation of free and open access and use of data as opposed to restricted frameworks in place. In addition, challenges related to wide availability of large amounts of data are highlighted and discussed.