Digital Earth Australia’s approach to FAIR Data and Open Architectures via the Open Data Cube, Cloud Optimized GeoTIFFs and STAC

Mr David Gavin1,2

1Geoscience Australia, Symonston, Australia,

2Digital Earth Australia, Symonston, Australia,


Digital Earth Australia is embracing emergent industry and community trends by releasing digital Satellite Observation products directly to the public and providing a variety of tools for users to derive new insights from the data. This is achieved via:

  1. AWS Simple Storage Service (S3);
  • Cloud Optmized GeoTIFF (COG) format;
  • SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC);
  • OGC Web Services;
  • The Open Data Cube initiative.

Why it is relevant?

Digital Earth Australia aims to supply Australian Earth Observation (EO) data to: the international research community, the Australian Public, Australian Government and to Australian industry clients. The guiding principles of our work is to deliver access to “Big EO Data” directly to users who don’t have the resources to store petabytes of data themselves and provide the data in an open and interoperable format/standard to allow users to bring their tools to the data.


David has been working for Geoscience Australia for over 10 years, working as a Web Application Developer, Web System’s Administrator, AWS Engineer and Agile Team Leader.