Glossary

AGDC

The Australian Geoscience Data Cube, an Australian implementation of the ODC.

API

The Data Cube Application Programming Interface gives programmers full access to the capabilities of the Cube, allowing query and advanced data retrieval.

CEOS-SEO

Committee on Earth Observation, Systems Engineering Office http://ceos-cube.org/

CSIRO

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

DEA

Digital Earth Australia

GA

Geoscience Australia

NBAR

Nadir-corrected BRDF Adjusted Reflectance

NCI

The Australian National Computational Infrastructure is Australia’s national research computing facility. It provides computing facilities for use by Australian researchers, industry and government. For more information see http://www.nci.org.au/.

ODC

Open Data Cube, an international open-source project developing the technology that powers Digital Earth Australia. For more information see http://opendatacube.org/ .

PostgreSQL

The high performance database engine used as an index of Datasets by the Data Cube. It is both a relational and document database, and the Data Cube schema makes use of both of these capabilities.

Python

The programming language used to develop the Data Cube. It is easy to use while still allowing high performance access and processing capabilities. See http://www.python.org/ for more.

USGS

United States Geological Survey

VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a virtual laboratory at NCI that provides a linux desktop environment for scientific computing. For more see http://vdi.nci.org.au/help.

YAML

YAML is a human friendly data serialization standard for all programming languages. It is used for all on disk metadata files and product definitions in the Data Cube.

For more information on the YAML standard see http://yaml.org/.