Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel
Case Statement: 
IG Established

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are rapidly becoming important tools for data capture across many Scientific domains, as well as within commercial industry.  sUAS have the potential to transform how data are captured in many arenas by, offering higher temporal and spatial resolutions, with less impact on the environments being monitored, and access to new locations and parameters.  In many cases these advantages are further accompanied by lowered costs and increased human safety during data capture.   


As a new technology, however, there are currently no industry-wide accepted best practices for sUAS sensor and flight data handling and management.  There are many reasons for why such would be beneficial but 3 of particular note include:

  1. The creation of standards would lower the barrier to entry and  innovation in terms of what might be monitored with sUAS, by reducing the number of unknowns a new user faces and providing working examples to serve as guides.
  2. With no common goal standards to build to, the development of mature tools for sUAS captured data processing and fusion (with sUAS and other data sources) is currently hampered.  As a consequence, each use case generally develops a unique custom pipeline that only sees one-time use.  
  3. sUAS captured data is - for the most part - not being managed according to data stewardship best practices, such as would ensure the data is FAIR, as articulated by Force11 (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable).   

This interest group therefore seeks to explore and publish (via the RDA community based model), some best practices as regards the handling of sUAS captured sensor and flight data.  By publishing such, after a broad, cross-community engagement process, it is hoped and expected that such will see adoption by both those already using sUAS for scientific work those just beginning to explore their possibilities.  They will therefore address the 3 concerns laid out above, with the associated positive consequences for the scientific community. These outcomes also align directly with the RDA’s Vision and Mission focus, namely, promoting the open sharing of data.

Recent Activity

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open! 

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.


14 Apr 2019

Design Hackathon1

Hi all

Thanks for the responses so far. Again more technical details coming but
for those looking to book their travel now, see the flyer attached for the
Data API Design Hack1.

Jane Wyngaard, PhD

Embedded Systems Engineer & Data Technologist
Center for Research Computing
University of Notre Dame

10 Apr 2019

P13 summary and next steps

Hi all

*Firstly many thanks to all of our presenters last week! * All
presentations are available here

*Next steps and upcoming:*

This has been driven by you the community so we'd very much welcome comment
and will obviously include authorship.

01 Apr 2019

Fwd: looking for a PhD student for the work group "Airborne Meteorology and Measurement Techniques" in Braunschweig

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Astrid Lampert
Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 5:16 AM
Subject: looking for a PhD student for the work group "Airborne Meteorology
and Measurement Techniques" in Braunschweig

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a PhD student to support the team "Airborne
Meteorology and Measurement Techniques" at the Institute of Flight
Guidance, TU Braunschweig. Please see the attached job announcement. I'm
looking forward to applications!

27 Mar 2019

RDA P13 sUAS Data Collaborations session next week

Hi all

Next week is RDA P13 and there will be a sUAS data session where we'll
discuss the start of a funded effort to build a Drone Data API, a WG, and
continue to keep up on what the community is doing. All session
information and remote connection information is in the program here


*Wednesday at 7am PDT / 10am EST / 2pm UTC *

24 Jan 2019

RDA P13 Session Accepted - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG: sUAS Data Collaborations Effort

Dear group,

Congratulations! Your session application - Small Unmanned Aircraft
Systems’ Data IG: sUAS Data Collaborations Effort - has been approved
and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme.  Please consider this
your official notification of acceptance.