Title: Exploring the depths of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC108485
ISSN: 2574-5417
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20964471.2017.1401284
DOI: 10.1080/20964471.2017.1401284
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper explores for the first time the contents, structure, and relationships across institutions and disciplines of a global Big Earth Data cyber-infrastructure: the Global Earth Observation System of System (GEOSS). The analysis builds on 1.8 million metadata records harvested in GEOSS. Because this set includes almost all the major large data collections in GEOSS, the analysis represents more than 80% of all the data made available through this global system. We explore two major aspects: the collaborative networks, and the thematic coverage in GEOSS. The first connects the contributing organisations through the more than 200,000 keywords used in the systems, and then explores who is citing whom, a proxy for of institutional thickness. The thematic coverage is analysed through neural network algorithms, first on the keywords, and then on the corpus of 653 million lemmatized lower case words built from the titles and abstracts of all 1.8 million metadata records. The findings not only give a good overview of the GEOSS data universe, but offer immediate priorities on how to increase the usability of GEOSS through improved data management, and the opportunity to augment the metadata with high level concept that synthetize well the contents of the dataset.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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