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From "Martin Desruisseaux (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SIS-307) GSoC: Create the foundation of a module for remote sensing data
Date Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:12:33 GMT


Martin Desruisseaux commented on SIS-307:

Hello Joseph, Chinh, Sandaruwan and Nguyen

In my understanding, a next step would be to write a document describing the project that
you would like to do. Some guidelines are available on the Apache web site (link in step 2
below). Some some possible steps would be:

# Create Google doc or a SIS wiki page (link given in above comment) or other support of your
choice for your proposal. If you would like a page on the SIS wiki, please let me know and
I will create it for you.
# Write the headers for the main sections using the template at
# Write the content in the parts that you know well.
# Write at least some elements in the more project-specific parts. Write the parts that you
currently understand. To not be afraid if you do not understand all aspects yet - this is
normal. You can copy and edit as many parts from this page as you wish.
# Let us know when you have a first draft. We may propose modifications, let you edit your
document, possibly propose other modifications, etc. in cycles until we feel that the document
is ready for submission on the Google web site.

Would this approach be okay?

> GSoC: Create the foundation of a module for remote sensing data
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SIS-307
>                 URL:
>             Project: Spatial Information Systems
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Storage
>            Reporter: Martin Desruisseaux
>            Assignee: Martin Desruisseaux
>              Labels: gsoc2016, mentor
>   Original Estimate: 3,024h
>  Remaining Estimate: 3,024h
> This is a proposal for a [Google Summer of Code|]
(GSoC) project. The Apache SIS library needs a module for efficient handling of large _n_-dimensional
remote sensing data. The module shall:
> * Provide a common approach to the reading and writing of grid coverages applicable to
simple imagery as to multi-dimensional data structures.
> * Allow operations that preserve the scientific meaning of data (e.g. distinguish between
measurements and missing values, why the value is missing, estimation of accuracy).
> * Be compliant with international standards, in particular (but not only) _Schema for
coverage geometry and functions_ (ISO 19123) and _Web Coverage Services_ (WCS). The module
should provide extensions to those standards only for aspects that are not covered by an existing
> This module will be a redesign of coverage module that existed in previous projects.
In particular, the coverage module of the [Geotk|] project will be
used as a starting point. However an important focus of this project is to fix known limitations
of previous projects, for example:
> * Too strong reliance on {{javax.imageio}} API, which was designed for two-dimensional
images. That API is difficult to generalize to three- or four-dimensional data accesses.
> * Too strong reliance on {{javax.imageio.metadata}} API, which is basically a XML document.
Ordinary Java objects are more convenient to use and the ISO 19115 international standard
can be a good model for those objects.
> * Too strong restriction on the grid geometry (in previous projects, the conversion from
pixel coordinates to "real world" coordinates is restricted to an affine transform).
> * Only quadrilateral grid coverages were supported.
> The development language is Java. Operating system can be Linux, Windows or MacOS. The
build tool is Maven. If a web application is created (see next section), the container would
be Tomcat.
> h2. Proof of concept
> In order to ensure that the module is on the right track, a small application (either
a desktop application for browsing images or a simple web application conforms to the WCS
standard) will be created. This simple application will be created in collaboration with volunteers
of space agency in Vietnam, [Vietnam National Satellite Center|] (VNSC),
for managing its geospatial database. The application should be able to:
> * Read at least two image formats of that space agency (the API shall allow addition
of more formats in the future).
> * Allow diffusion of those data in time range, sub-area, sub-sampling and layers selected
by the user.
> * Allow searches in some metadata fields (to be selected according the needs of the space
> h2. Non-goals
> This GSoC project is not expected to create a fully functional coverage module in 3 months.
Performance is not a concern for this initial stage (in particular, building index or storing
information in a database is out of scope), except that the application shall not load all
data in memory: the application should prove that it can work with only a small fraction of
the data in memory and load the remaining parts when needed. For the prototype application,
those data will be read from a specified directory (a more advanced application could a database
or cloud).

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